The Bloomington Academy

Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme

The Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme is a framework for increasing educational success for students in Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3). This programme builds on the primary stage and develops student’s knowledge and skills in Mathematics, English and Science. The Lower Secondary Programme also provides us with a means of tracking student progress through the lower secondary phase, with an integrated package of teaching, learning and assessment materials.

At the end of Years, 7 and 8 students take the Progression Tests in Mathematics, English and Science. These are designed to allow teachers and parents to follow the progress of their students over time and analyse performance within their classes and against an external benchmark. These Progression Tests lead on from the CIPP tests for Years 3, 4, 5, and 6.

At the end of Lower Secondary (Year 9), students appear for Cambridge Checkpoint tests, which provide detailed feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses before they move into the Key Stage 4, IGCSE. It also provides a fair assessment of how well an individual student will do in the IGCSE examinations for the stated subjects.