In years 7, 8 and 9 all students are assessed formally by internal tests that are administered by subject staff in classrooms. In every subject, students will take a minimum of 3 assessments every year (one assessment per term). The results from these assessments are used to inform the level that students are currently working at. This is shown on the student’s individual flight-path in every subject.
Year 9 students no longer take national SATs tests in English, Mathematics and Science. Instead, students sit internal mock exams in these subjects in the Sports Hall, to allow them to become familiar with the examination procedures that are required for GCSE exams.
In Year 10, students begin their GCSE courses. These are linear with all written exams taking place at the end of Year 11. NEA (Non-Examination Assessment) has replaced coursework and controlled assessment in the majority of subjects. The number of NEA components varies between subjects (some have none, others have one or more). Students prepare for the NEA under the guidance of their subject teachers. This preparation time might extend to several lessons. The actual NEA will usually be completed on a fixed day and will be done under examination conditions. Students will be informed of the dates for their NEA in advance and should be aware that they may be disadvantaged if they do not attend school on that date.
Students studying a BTEC course will take an external examination in addition to completing various units.
In both year 10 and 11, internal assessments are administered at least 3 times per year and are used to inform the grades that students are currently working at. In year 11, mock GCSE examinations take place in late November/early December.