Each academic year we hold an information evening for parents of Year 10 students.  Due to the current guidelines we are unable to allow parents on site, so we have added everything we wanted to share with you onto the website.

Firstly, thanks again for all your help during the national lock down.

Subject areas analysed the assessments students did at the end of lock down to help them plan for the new academic year. This involved reviewing areas where students found more challenging as well as highlighting key areas where they need to re-allocate time in lessons . Your help with that was invaluable.


Pastoral Manager

Your child is supported by their Pastoral Manager.  Mrs Williamson will be supporting your child though their time at EMS until the end of Year 11.

You can contact Mrs Williamson via email – twilliamson@ems.bhcet.org.uk or by dialling 01429 273790 and selecting Option 2



Changes to Assessment & Reporting

At EMS we are always trying to improve and respond to national changes. From this year we are improving our assessment, recording and reporting system even further. This is on the back of some great contributions from our Parents’ Forum and school evaluation linked to how we best support our students and promote their well-being as best we can.

In a nutshell: Progress Reviews for Years 10-11 (in their reports each term) will still receive target grades such as 5+ or 6- etc but the grades will be set at FFT’20. They will get an end of year 10 target and a final GCSE / Year 11 target.


Target Setting

Along with the changes to reporting, we are moving to a new way of setting targets for students.

Our target setting will move to FFT’20 (this is a national data tool) which sets targets for students based on KS2 scaled scores. It is still aspirational and means that based on KS2 scaled scores only 1 in 5 of similar students will achieve that at the end of year 11.

For example: A student with a KS2 reading scaled score of 90-100 out of 120 would have a FFT’20 target at the end of Year 11 of a Grade 4

  • A scaled score of 100 – 104 aim for a Grade 5
  • A scaled score of 105 – 109 aim for a Grade 6
  • A scaled score of 110 – 115 aim for a Grade 7
  • A scaled score of 116 – 120 aim for a Grade 8+

Maths scaled KS2 scores are similar and all subjects have FFT’20 targets set.

As always, targets are not absolute and we will listen and work with parents where necessary about their individual child and their targets.

We are also exploring having a simpler end of year 10 target and end of year 11 target. We will welcome feed-back as the year progresses. We are trying to make sure that targets feel, wherever possible,  as a positive aspiration rather than a ‘weight on the shoulders’ of young people.


GCSE Grading

You may be aware that the 9-1 grading scheme was brought in alongside a new GCSE curriculum in England a few years ago.

Rather that the conventional A*- G Grades, these have been replaced by numbers, the highest grade being a 9, while 1 is the lowest, not including a U (ungraded).

  • Grades 9, 8 and 7 correspond to the old-style top grades of A* and A – this is designed to give more differentiation at the top end.
  • Grade 6, 5, & 4 cover B & C grades with a 4 classed as a Standard Pass and a 5 a Strong Pass.
  • Grades 4-1 cover the old D-G Grades.
  • U is still Ungraded.


Grading in Science

In science, the highest achieving student will take Triple Science and will be awarded three separate grades at GCSE.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

All other Yea 11 students will take Combined Science. With this course, students are awarded 1 Result worth 2 GCSE grades.

Grade awarded has two numbers e.g.

  • Combined Science 8-8
  • Or Combined Science 7-6

There are a total of 17 possible outcomes from 1-1 up to 9-9.

This short video explains the new grading system. 

Sixth Form – EMS6

We know what your child will want to do when they leave Year 11 will seem a million miles away, however, it will be here before you know it.  Obviously, we want all of our students to continue with us through Year 12 & 13 at our Sixth Form College but we know that is not for all students.  Our fantastic and impartial careers team will guide them over the next couple of years.

We just wanted to take this time to highlight some of the fantastic achievements of the Year 13 students who left us in the summer.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of our NHS heroes are Brogan Unwin & Kate Mowbray. Kate achieved three A grades in Psychology, Biology and Chemistry and leaves EMS6 to pursue a degree in Medicine at Liverpool University with Brogan opting to study Medicine at Sunderland University after meeting the grade with his fantastic set of results.

Top performing male student, Thomas Bennett, has secured A* grades in Computer Science and Maths with two A grades in Further Maths & Physics.  This fantastic set of results allows him to embark upon a highly sought after degree apprenticeship in Computer Science at Leeds University. Thomas fought off tough competition to secure this with the backing of multinational firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The company pay his university fees, as well as paying him a salary, including integrated work placements as part of his degree offer and a guaranteed job with the company once he has successfully completed his degree. An incredible opportunity!

There are many more success stories and if you would like to read more – please head over to our A Level Results Page

If you would like more information about the Sixth Form at EMS – please email the team ems6@ems.bhcet.org.uk


Keep In Touch

In this time of uncertainty, communication is more important than ever.  We are very busy on social media and we have our Parent App and Website.

The App is essential for at least one parent in each household.

If you are still not setup on the app,  Click Here to find full instructions on how to download and set up the App and to watch a demo video of its current features. If you need any help, please email Mr Hope – shope@ems.bhcet.org.uk and he’ll have you up and running in no time.


Important Dates for Year 10

Year 10 Parents Week – This is scheduled for week commencing Monday 22nd March. This will be to replace a parents’ evening in the event we still are not allowed to invite you onto site.  We will keep you posted with updates and how it will work closer to the time.
Mock Exams – Week Commencing Monday 14th June.

We are hoping that these dates will be set with them being well into next year, however, with the current climate these may change.



Students have missed a lot of time at school. Please help to not miss anymore by taking them out of school in Term Time. We publish the school holidays well in advance and they are available on our website under the Parent section or via this link. https://ems.bhcet.org.uk/parent/holidays/