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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Oct 15, 2021

A Journey Through Music

  Year 11 student, Amelia, tells us about a recent trip for music GCSE students: “On Tuesday, 5th October, the Year 11 GCSE music group went to a concert at the Bridgewater Hall featuring the Hallé Orchestra. The concert began in the Renaissance era (Giovanni Gabrieli – Sonata no. XIII) and brought us all the […]

Oct 15, 2021

Classroom Refurbishment

As part of our ‘North End Extension’ project, a number of classrooms towards the end of the new extension have undergone a refurbishment over the past few months – a food technology room, plus a science and maths classroom. We’re pleased to say the work is now complete, and the rooms are looking smarter than […]

Oct 15, 2021

Black History Month

Last week, our Year 10 students learnt about black people in Nazi Germany as part of Black History Month and their current studies. This included learning about the stories of Hilarius Gilges and Theodor Wonja Michael. Whilst in Year 7 Humanities lessons, students looked at “Roman Britain: the Ivory Bangle Lady / Our Migration Story”. […]

Oct 15, 2021

Harvest Collection

Our Harvest Collection is coming along very nicely indeed thanks to the kind and generous donations from our school community. The deadline for items was today, and we will then be sending the donations to this year’s very worthy cause – the Manchester South Central Foodbank.   Read more in our newsletter…