Year 11 Assessment Window

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Dear Parents/Carers,


Further to our previous correspondence, which outlined the plans for assessment for our Year 11 students, we are pleased to share with you the draft timetable for their final assessment window week commencing Tuesday 4th May 2021.

Please be aware of the following key points:

  • Assessments will take place in classrooms in the Year 11 area of the building.
  • Rooming will be shared with students nearer the time, and will be clearly signposted in the Year 11 bubble during the assessment period.
  • The assessments will take place during morning sessions (Periods 1 & 2) and afternoon sessions (Periods 4 & 5).  Some assessments may run until 3:30pm on Wednesdays during this period.
  • Period 3 will provide our students with time to revise for their next assessment.  Assessments will vary in length by subject.
  • The minimum length of assessment will be 50 minutes and the maximum length will be 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Year 11 lunch break will take place from 1.00pm – 1.30pm throughout Module 5 to ensure the afternoon assessments are completed before the end of the academy day at 3.30pm.
  • Students who normally receive access arrangements during assessments such as coloured paper will be catered for as much as possible, and extra time will be incorporated into the Module 5 assessments.  All access arrangement details will be taken into account when papers are being marked.
  • Further information on the content of the assessments for each subject can be found on the Year 11 Final Countdown website here

Year 11 Final Countdown website

Once the assessments in Module 5 are completed, we will use all the evidence available to us generated over the entirety of the students’ period of study to produce GCSE grades through the Centre Assessed Grade process.  There will be a thorough QA/moderation process with middle leaders, senior leaders as well as checking with LAT before grades are submitted.  No grades will be shared with students or parents at this time.

The point about the moderation process is important: our staff cannot artificially inflate grades, first because it would be wrong to do so, and secondly because it may lead to other students’ grades being brought down.  Related to this, we do need to stress that the grade awarded will not necessarily be the highest grade ever achieved during the course.  There is always a temptation to believe that because a recent assessment was graded 7 or A, it means that it is unfair to be given a 6 or B: a range of evidence will be used to calculate the final grade.

Please be reminded that our Easter Curriculum Recovery sessions will be running from Thursday 8th – Friday 16th April, with places still available for booking using this form,

These sessions will provide an excellent opportunity for your son/daughter to go over key information in a structured environment, supervised by senior staff, as they continue to prepare for the assessment window on Tuesday 4th May.

We do however, recognise that students will not be able to attend the academy in line with any public health advice to self-isolate.  You should not send your son/daughter to the academy if they:

  • have symptoms or live in a household with someone who has symptoms
  • have tested positive themselves, even if they do not have symptoms
  • live in a household with someone who has tested positive, even if that person does not have symptoms
  • are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • are required to self-isolate for travel-related reasons

Should your son or daughter test positive for Coronavirus, it is important that you inform the academy immediately.  If students were to miss assessments then we have a ‘mop up’ fortnight available when it may be possible to reschedule missed assessments.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), has released parental and student guidance, providing an overview of the assessment procedures for the Summer 2021 grades.  You can find this information on this link:

We are extremely proud of Year 11, students have been highly focussed in lessons as we continue to prepare them for these important assessments.

We do understand that there is a lot of information to process, and we thank you for your support at this time.  Please encourage your son/daughter to speak to the Year 11 Team if they have any questions, and do not hesitate to contact them via email if they can be of any further assistance at this stage.


Yours faithfully,


Kevin Brewer

Head of College, Leading on Year 11



Assessment Schedule – Draft v1


Week 1



4th May


5th May


6th May


7th May

9:00am Business French


Biology Chemistry
1:30pm Ethics & 

Computer Science

Media Studies English




Week 2



10th May


11th May


12th May


13th May


14th May

9:00am Mathematics English Literature Geography


PE/NCFE History
1:30pm Physics French


Food & Nutrition


Design & Technology Geography


Week 3 (Subject to change due to the practical nature of the subjects)



17th May


18th May


19th May


20th May


21st May

9:00am Ethics &

Computer Science 



Fine Art


Practical (1)

Engineering practical (1)



Food Practical


Engineering Practical (2)



Food Practical (3)




Week 4



24th May

Tuesday 25th May Wednesday 26th May Thursday 27th May Friday 

28th May

9:00am/ 1:30pm Mop up week for students that may have missed assessments

Food Practical (4)