Although externally accredited examinations are not taken during the first three years spent at Thomas Estley, there are a number of important examinations and targeted work which provide snapshots of progress to share with students, parents, teachers and also, during Year Nine, with upper schools.
Key Stage Three examinations also provide an opportunity to work on revision and examination technique, a chance to practise for later formal examinations in exam halls, and a platform to develop skills for dealing positively with pressure and deadlines.
|Year Seven||Year Eight||Year Nine|
|Spelling and reading tests||September||Summer|
|Baseline Cognitive ability test||September|
|Regular end of topic tests||Ongoing through the year||Ongoing through the year||Ongoing through the year|
|Regular assessed pieces of work||Ongoing through the year||Ongoing through the year||Ongoing through the year|
|Formal examinations||May||Just before Easter break||February, in examination hall conditions|
|GCSE assessed work||GCSE type assessment opportunities|
GCSE examinations take place at the end of Year Eleven and controlled assessment during the course has been phased out of almost all subject areas.
Specifications are currently being finalised for the 2016 start and more information will be published here in Autumn 2016.
Planned lunch time / after school intervention sessions for all Year 10 students to help you achieve your maximum potential at GCSE can be found here