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Summative assessments

The academy runs formal assessment weeks at four points across the academic year. Students will sit assessments in each of their subjects in exam conditions in order to prepare them for the rigour of the GCSE examinations. Once sat, assessments will be marked, feedback will be given and pupils will have the opportunity to make improvements based on further teaching.

As part of this process it is essential that students immerse themselves in a culture of revision. Knowledge organisers should be used nightly by all pupils to reinforce learning that has taken place in the classroom, and revisit prior learning in the lead up to future assessments. To ensure that prior learning is always revisited each assessment will be cumulative, so pupils will always be tested on what they have been taught in the year so far, not just in the last few weeks.

The four calendared assessments weeks are:

Assessment week 1: 30th October – 3rd November 2017

Assessment week 2: 15th January – 19th January 2018

Assessment week 3: 26th March – 29th March 2018

Assessment week 4: 18th June – 22nd June 2018

Following each assessment window parents/carers will be provided with details of how pupils are performing in each of their subjects.


In addition to an overview of performance by subject, students will receive a comprehensive written report by each of teachers as well as a face-to-face consultation with parents once a year.  Details of this process are listed below:

Written reports

Year 7: w/b 16th July 2018

Year 8: w/b 16th July 2018

Year 9: w/b 18th June 2018

Year 10: w/b 27th November 2017

Year 11: w/b 8th January 2018

Parents’ Evenings

Year 7: 22nd November 2017 (Showcase Evening 4th July 2018)

Year 8: 6th December 2017

Year 9: 14th March 2018

Year 10: 25th April 2018

Year 11: 17th January 2018