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 and teachers.
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 mock examinations take place in December of Year Eleven, whilst year Ten Examinations allow students to practise their GCSE examination skills half way through the course.
Students in legacy subjects (ICT, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Health and Social Care, Business Studies) take controlled assessments from Summer of Year Ten to Easter of Year Eleven, with practical examinations taking place between January and May of Year Eleven and PE Performance assessments taking place in the Autumn term of Year Eleven.
Revision and study skill aids are sent home in the Autumn Term, and sessions embedded into the tutor and modules programme.