What is Key Stage three/KS3?

KS3 is the abbreviated term for Key Stage three and is the legal term for three years of schooling for schools in England and Wales between the ages of 11-14, also known as year 7, year 8 and year 9 and applies to children who are in secondary education. All pupils in this key stage must follow a programme of education in at least 15 subjects: Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography to name just a few.

The SATs exams have now been abolished for KS3 to replace teacher assessments. By the age of 14 most pupils are expected to reach level 5 and there are tests to asses your level when you have reached the final stage of KS3. The tests for KS3 will cover:

  • English (including reading writing and studying a Shakespeare play)
  • Maths (including mental arithmetic)
  • Science

Now that the pressure of formal exams have gone for the KS3 stage, it's time to focus on learning and settling into your secondary education. This will be a new stage in your life, an opportunity to find out what subjects you like best and of course to make new friends!

Your parents will receive annual reports from your teachers so that they are aware of what subjects you maybe having difficulty with. It is important for you as a student to communicate with your teachers and your parents, they are there to help and overcome any worries you may have. Many students find that a private tutor can be a great help to tackle those difficult subjects such as Maths or Physics. A private tutor can reveal methods to improve your study techniques, together with tailor made learning aids. If you feel that one to one tuition could be for you, talk to your parents and let them know about First Tutors.