All new students take baseline tests to find the correct starting point for their learning journeys in each subject at FIC.

As well as regular homework, students complete formative assessments every few weeks as they work through topics, to inform their progress in understanding and help future work. There may also be revision progress checks to assess retrieval on earlier topics, or at the start of lessons to prepare for new learning.

Each term, summative assessments are given, as assessed homework, tests or mock exams. These are marked and graded according to the course specifications. They provide an indication of current performance and help with revision towards the end of key stage (final) exams.

Feedback is given frequently, both verbally and in writing (including via the online learning environment), to support students’ learning and progress, including in half termly tutorials, which are reported to parents.

Assessment grids for each subject using 9-1 grades at KS3 and KS4 can be found on our individual curriculum subject pages.

Typical grade thresholds for GCSEs and A Levels can be found on the relevant exam board site.


Grading System

Felixstowe International College follows a grading system for all students from year 6 to year 11. Our grading system is in line with the GCSE 9-1 system with the addition of a ‘Foundation’ stage for our youngest students to start from.

This approach is reflected in subject ‘Assessment Progress Maps’ (see subject pages) and allows us to monitor progression from year 6 to year 11. We use this grading system to:

-Set targets for all students in examined subjects

-Assess and grade substantial pieces of work and tests

-Report on their progress throughout their studies on a termly basis

Each year group has a range of grades highlighted and these are further broken down to reflect a student’s progress within a year of study. A student will be identified as either ‘working towards expected’, ‘at expected’ or ‘exceeding’.

We expect students who enter GCSE to be working at grades within the ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’ sections so that they can access our higher tier GCSE curriculum. 

We expect students to be working at a grade 6/7 to enter A-level studies.

We will report current and target grades at the end of each term. These will be teacher assessed grades and be based upon a range of evidence. For example, baseline assessments, assessed homework, topic tests, quizzes and mock exams. 

If you have any questions about our grading system, or your child’s targets, please do not hesitate to contact us via email, or by calling the school. We hold parents’ evenings in the spring term of each year, and this provides an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with each of their teachers.

9-1 Grading System for KS3 and KS4