What new GCSEs will look like

The main features of the new GCSEs are:

  1. A new grading scale of 9 to 1 will be used, with 9 being the top grade. This will allow greater differentiation between students and will help distinguish the new GCSEs from previous versions.
  2. Assessment will be mainly by exam, with other types of assessment used only where they are needed to test essential skills.
  3. There will be new, more demanding content, which has been developed by government and the exam boards.
  4. Courses will be designed for two years of study – they will no longer be divided into different modules and students will take all their exams in one period at the end of their course.
  5. Exams can only be split into ‘foundation tier’ and ‘higher tier’ if one exam paper does not give all students the opportunity to show their knowledge and abilities.
  6. Resit opportunities will only be available each November in English language and maths

9 things to know about the new GCSE grades

  1. GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade.
  2. New GCSE content will be more challenging.
  3. Fewer grade 9s will be awarded than A*s.
  4. English language, English literature and maths were the first to be graded from 9 to 1 in 2017.
  5. Another 20 subjects will have 9 to 1 grading in 2018, with most others following in 2019. During this transition, students will receive a mixture of letter and number grades.
  6. The new grades are being brought in to signal that GCSEs have been reformed and to better differentiate between students of different abilities.
  7. In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, broadly the same proportion of students will get a grade 4 or above as would have got a grade C or above in the old system.
  8. These changes are only happening in England. Wales and Northern Ireland are not introducing the new 9 to 1 grading scale as part of their changes to GCSEs.
  9. You can see how the 9 to 1 grades compare with the A* to G scale in Ofqual’s  GCSE grading postcard.

What’s happening at Trinity High.

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Aug 22, 2019

Top marks for Rochdale’s youngest ever player

Rochdale AFC’s youngest ever player proved he’s talent on the pitch and in the classroom after bagging top GCSE results. Luke Matheson, 16, has had an unforgettable school year after becoming Dale’s youngest player last September. Top club’s including Manchester United and Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in the prodigy. Today Luke was like […]

Aug 19, 2019

Congratulations to our Year 13 Students

Congratulations to our Year 13 students for their results. The overall pass rate for all L3 qualifications was 99%, with 20% of A Level grades A*-A and 46% A*-B. Well done everyone and a special thank you to all the teachers who have worked so hard to enable you to achieve these results.     […]

Jul 19, 2019

Visit from the Governor of the Bank of England – Mark Carney

The Governor of the Bank of England’s representative in the north recently called the school and asked if Mr Mark Carney would be able to pay us a visit on 15th July, 2019. Mr Carney spent some time looking at the GCSE artwork on the Temple corridors and then met some Year 7, 8 and […]

Jul 19, 2019

Activities Week

The penultimate week of the year, activities week, was certainly a week to remember, with the our students involved in the following: Year 7: Our students participated in a number of arts activities throughout the week, including drama, dance, art and music, culminating in a wonderful showcase at the Z-Arts centre on the Friday. Year […]