Age Related Expectations (ARE)

King Edward VII Academy operates an assessment system called ARE at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8). This stands for Age-Related Expectations.

Everyone enters the academy at Year 7 with scores from KS2 tests in English and Mathematics. These scores give us each student’s starting points when they enter the academy. Our aim is to have exceptional progress for all students whatever their starting point may be.

There are four attainment levels you will see on reports and on assessed work.

ARE+: this means that you are working ‘at depth’. You have a very solid grasp of what you are studying, often working independently and applying your knowledge to different contexts.  If your starting points are above average, the expectation for your progress is that you are in the ARE+ band.

ARE: this means that you are working at the expected level for your age in this subject. Good progress would be to remain at ARE during the two years.

ARE- : this means that your attainment does not yet meet ARE. We will offer you individual advice on how to improve your work.  If your starting point was below ARE at KS2, we would still expect you to make progress within this band, and good progress would see your work improve to ARE standard.

ARE – – : this means that you are working well below ARE. Again, we will offer you individual support to help you to improve your work, and good progress will help you to move up the attainment bands.

We have broken down the areas of the curriculum as follows. All of these areas lead onto the content and skills studied at GCSE.



Criteria are available which explain in more detail what is required to meet the Age-Related Expectations (ARE) and also what it takes to be considered to be working at ARE+.

These criteria are often used in classes. They can also be found here: ARE criteria.