Subjects and Qualifications
Each student curriculum is as individualised as possible, with a key focus on the student's academic attainment as well as vocational learning. We want all students to reach their potential through the following timetabled lessons:
- Mathematics: AQA GCSE
- Statistics: AQA GCSE
- English Language: AQA GCSE
- English Literature: AQA GCSE
- Science: AQA GCSE
- ICT: OCR Award
- History: AQA GCSE
- Geography: OCR GCSE
- Health and Fitness: NCFE
- Art: AQA GCSE
- Food and Nutrition
- Hair & Beauty: VTCT
- Child Development: NCFE
Baselining at The Fermain Academy
Here at the Fermain, we baseline pupils in most subjects during their induction. This gives us a better idea of their ability in each subject, giving teachers the opportunity to challenge each pupil.
Certain subjects use a past GCSE paper to give a good representation of what grade the pupils are currently working at. We also use an online baselining tool for maths and English called BKSB. This involves pupils answering a range of levelled questions, which when completed gives a level and percentage. Pupils are given their results once completed.
Below is a table, showing how each level equates to each grade in GCSE, as well as the old style GCSE grades.
For example, Pupil A scores 64% on the Level 1 BKSB test in maths. The table would show that Pupil A would currently be working at a GCSE Grade 2.
|% Score||Old Style GCSE Grade||New Style GCSE Grade||Baseline Equivalent|
|91<100||U||U||< Entry 3 (85%)|
|81<90||G||1||Entry 3 (86%) - Level 1 (20%)|
|71<80||F||1.5||Level 1 (21% - 50%)|
|61<70||E||2||Level 1 (51% - 80%)|
|51<60||D||3||Level 1 (81%) - Level 2 (10%)|
|41<50||C||4||Level 2 (11% - 40%)|
|31<40||B||5/6||Level 2 (41% - 70%)|
|21<30||A||7||Level 2 (71% - 93%)|
|11<20||A*||8/9||Level 2 (94% <)|