In Year 7 and Year 8 you will be assessed several times over the year, usually after a module of 2 – 4 topics of study. You will take both written and mental assessments and will build towards a final end-of-year assessment.
You will have the opportunity to review and discuss your assessment results and you will be directed towards areas of study to focus on for revision and intervention.
In Year 9 you will complete a written assessment at the end of the transition course and this will be used to help decide your initial tier of entry and set.
Throughout Year 9, 10 and 11 you will sit formal written assessments, usually after a module of 2 – 4 topics of study. You will first complete ‘pre-assessments’, working together with your classmates and teacher to make sure you are familiar with techniques and you have a set of correct methods and solutions to support your revision.
Your assessments will be marked in line with the GCSE course and you will be given opportunities in class to review your answers and discuss model solutions. You will also then be directed to areas of self-study for any part of your assessment that is incorrect.
All pupils in Year 9 and Year 10 will sit end of year exams that almost mirror the final GCSE structure (3 written papers (one non-calculator and two calculator)), however for just Year 9 and 10 you will only be given 2 papers (one non-calculator and one calculator).
In Year 11 you will sit mock examinations in December and trial examinations in March. These will be graded with 1-9 grades and you will be given the opportunity to review them in detail so you can build on successes and seek support for areas of concern.
You will need a scientific calculator, protractor and pair of compasses for your examinations, as well as a pen, pencil and ruler.