KS3 Assessment

Assessment at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)


Assessment at Key Stage 3 has changed from September 2015 due to the government’s decision to get rid of assessment using levels. Students in year 6 in 2014/15 will have received a National Curriculum level for their SATs in July 2015. However, with this system now gone, The Cooper School Key Stage 3 assessment system now involves all subjects assessing students using a 3-8 Band system based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Examples of subject-based assessment grids follow.


Y6 SATs levels do not correspond directly to Year 7 bands. Please consult your child’s subject teacher if you have any queries.


Key Stage 3 Assessment at The Cooper School

Following the Department for Education’s removal of assessment by National Curriculum Levels, we have developed our own system for assessment at Key Stage 3 study across The Cooper School. In each subject students’ progress will be measured against The Cooper School (TCS) Bands. These Bands will be subject specific, but linked by common skills, so that comparison between subjects is possible.

TCS Bands will run from a Band 3 (lowest) up to a Band 8 (highest). These Bands will apply for the whole of Key Stage 3, years 7 -9.

We will report on a student’s progress through each Band using the following system:

    • c = beginning;               b = secure;                   a = exceeding


Where a report of TCS 5a would indicate that a student had consistently demonstrated that they had reached the requirements of a Band 5, but hadn’t as yet demonstrated the skills and knowledge associated with Band 6 for that particular subject.

Similarly, a Band 6c would indicate that a student has started to demonstrate the skills and knowledge associated with a Band 6, but does not at present have a secure grasp of these requirements.

Current ‘Working at’ Grade

This will be reported as a TCS Band and indicates the Band at which your son/daughter is currently working at in lessons. Links to the criteria for the Bands will appear on The Cooper School website. Assessment within lessons at Key Stage 3 will be linked to these Bands and, crucially, they will be used to inform students of what their specific strengths are and how they can improve in each subject.

Please note that although the style is similar to NC Levels, the demands and requirements have changed, thus grades are not directly comparable to the Levels reported at primary school, or even for older siblings over the last few years at The Cooper School.

Subject-Specific Criteria









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