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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Jul 22, 2021

Year 11 Prom

We were delighted that our Year 11s were able to celebrate the end of five years at Trinity at the Prom which took place at Hotel Football at Monday evening – freedom day! A final assembly also took place on Tuesday afternoon, attended by over 180 students and we look forward to seeing many students […]

Jul 22, 2021

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

Trinity Sixth Formers recently completed the practice part of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition after a 4 day journey through Snowdonia. Starting in the Carneddau mountains, the candidates crossed into the Glyders mountain range before exploring the Moel Siabod peaks. The candidates will use their experience to plan their final assessed expedition in […]

Jul 22, 2021

Music Concert

On Thursday evening, we hosted a spectacular socially-distanced music concert in the drama studio. It showcased the musical talents of our students to a very appreciative audience – and the below e-mail from a parent is a testament to this statement: “I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful concert on Thursday. It was […]

Jul 22, 2021

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

We are starting a consultation on our revised Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) policy and have a statutory duty to consult with parents. At a governors’ meeting on Monday, 19th July, 2021, it was agreed that the revised RSE policy (available on our website: www.trinityhigh.com/parents/policies/ ) would form the basis for the consultation with parents. […]