KS3 Diploma


The Bury Grammar School Key Stage Three Diploma will be awarded at the end of year 9 and will take three years to achieve.

At the end of year 7 and 8 students will receive a notional gold, silver or bronze level to show how they are progressing; the final grade for the whole diploma will be awarded at the end of year 9

Students can improve grades from years 7 and 8 as they will start afresh each year, but they will know how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve. It is possible to fail and not reach the basic level required to achieve the award.

The diploma will recognise achievement in the following areas:

Students record their progress in a log book which will be checked by their form tutor. Teachers or group leaders will assess progress, record it and award a student a level which will give her points towards her final award.  A student can achieve in different areas:

Community Service / Service to School

If a student participates in something outside school, for example volunteering for a charity or acting as a leader in brownies or guides then she can record this in her log book. In school a student could achieve by organising and running a charity activity or by being active as a school officer, for example by regularly representing the form at Student Council and being an active member of this committee.

Extra-Curricular Activities

This is where a student will record her commitment to clubs, teams and activities. The highest number of points will be awarded to activities which demand a great deal of time and commitment (for example representing the school in a team, being a member of choir or attending an activity in order to learn a new skill) with the lowest award being for simply attending a club or activity. A student will be expected to attend over a period of time in order to achieve.

Outdoor Activity

During each year a student will take part in an outdoor activity and receive a grade, for example for attempting different activities or acquiring new skills for example taking a calculated risk or trying a new activity such as orienteering. This activity will involve working in a team but also taking on individual challenges.  In Year 7 this will take place at Glaramara, in Year 8 it might be as part of a field trip for example in geography and in Year 9 a student will take part in a 2 day activity involving an overnight stay at the end of the year.

Academic Achievement

This will be graded using end of year examination results. If a student is in the top third of the year she will receive gold, the second third of the year will receive silver and the last third of the year will receive bronze. Everyone will achieve something in this section as we are an academic school and a student is achieving simply by being here.

Independent Project

In every year a student will take part in some kind of independent project which means she will be working on her own with a teacher to offer advice. In years 7 and 8 this might as part of a cross curricular project (for example workshadowing in Year 7 or Economic Awareness in Year 8) or it might be something a student completes in a particular subject during the year. 

In Year 9 the independent project will form the final part of the diploma. The student will be asked to plan and complete an independent project during school time in a two week period following the end of year examinations. Lessons in non-core subjects (everything but English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages and PE) will not take place for 2 weeks and students will use this time to work on their project.

Pupils will have some training before beginning the project to develop skills, for example, in researching a topic. They will also receive a booklet containing ideas which might lead to interesting projects. The final project could be written or it could be a performance or an object. Students will need to complete a plan showing what they intend to do and then they will be assigned a supervisor who will guide and support them.

During lesson time students will be working on their project, sometimes on their own and sometimes with their supervisor. They will be expected to organise their time and will have the opportunity to book into different rooms where they will best be able to work on their project. When the project is complete, the supervisor will complete the log book and give the student a mark for the final piece.

Final Grading

Each section of the diploma gives a student points which correspond to gold, silver and bronze. At the end of each year these points will be added up and a student will get an overall award for that year. At the end of year 9 this grade will be what a student has achieved in the diploma. To receive a gold award a student will need to have gold in at least 4 of the 5 categories. These are the points required:


Gold award with distinction

50+ (3 or more to be in gold)

Gold award





Less than 20

Diploma not awarded




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