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Unit 2 Assessment fortnight 13th March -24th March 2023, Year 10

Dear GA Family,

We are writing to share with you your child’s end of Unit 1 Assessment timetable which starts from Monday 31st March 2023.  We are also writing to give you information about how you can support your child to succeed in these assessments.

Assessment overview

The second assessment cycle of this academic year is coming up. Your child will set a series of KIP assessments (Knowledge is Power) and a maths checkpoint which will allow them to show their learning from the past twelve weeks, as well as knowledge from Unit 1. Assessments take place in their usual lessons between 13th of March - 24th of March 2023. Your child will also sit a second round of mock examinations at the end of Unit 3. (Summer).

What are the KIP assessments?

  • The assessment is made up of 50 words from your child’s Knowledge Organiser for each subject for this unit, as well as testing 25 words from your child’s Knowledge Organiser from unit 1. 
  • All students in a year group sit the same assessments
  • They are made up from the words they study at the beginning of every lesson as a ‘KIP quiz’ and practise every day as part of their homework
  • In mathematics, your child will also complete a checkpoint to assess their ability to apply the key knowledge, which will be reported to you
  • Students with additional needs will have had the support they need to access the test so they are not at a disadvantage.

What happens after the assessments?

  • We will reset the classes for Unit 3 to ensure that students are accessing the right support to progress even further as they enter the next thirteen weeks of the school year. 
  • You will receive a report with the overview of their percentage in each KIP subject, their rank and the progress that your child has made as well as the grades they achieved in their mock exams.
  • If your child misses an assessment, they will be expected to stay behind after school when they are next in to complete the missed assessment. We will send you a text message to let you know if this is the case. If they fail to do this they will receive a zero score for that assessment, which will affect their setting for the next academic year. 

How can I support my child to prepare for the assessments?

  • Encourage them to complete their daily Knowledge Organiser homework in their homework book
  • Encourage them to make flashcards for the terms in the Knowledge Organiser that they don’t remember - they can collect flashcards from their Achievement Leads
  • Test them on the terms and definitions on these flashcards
  • Ensure your child knows what assessments they have on what days using the timetable below (they will also have this printed on card)

What homework do students do in weeks 11,12 & 13? 

  • During these weeks your child’s Homework practice book will be used to practice any definitions from their Knowledge Organiser that they do not know. 

If you have any questions around assessments at all please contact Mr Meldrum using the email

We look forward to studying and celebrating with you soon.

Yours sincerely

W Meldrum

Deputy Headteacher          

Year 10 Assessment Timetable

Week B

Week 11

Monday 13th March 2023

Tuesday 14th March 2023

Wednesday 15th March 2023

Thursday 16th March 2023

Friday 17th March 2023 

Period 1



Block B KIPS

Business Studies, Engineering, Geography, History, Spanish




Block A KIPS

Business Studies, Hospitality & Catering, Geography, Health & Social Care, Music, Sports Science




Block C KIPS

Art, Drama, Engineering, Hospitality & Catering, Geography, Health & Social Care



Period 2 10:20 - 11:15

10G, 10O, 10C Maths KIP


Whole Cohort

English Language KIP

10L & 10U Maths KIP




Break 11:15– 11:35






Period 3 11:35 - 12:30




Block D KIPS

Art, Hospitality & Catering, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Sports Science

Whole Cohort

Science KIP




Period 4  12:30 - 13:25







Lunch 13:25-14:05






Period 5 14:05 - 15:00







Week A

Week 12

Monday 20th March 2023

Tuesday 21st March 2023

Wednesday 22nd March 2023

Thursday 23rd March 2023

Friday 24th March 2023

Period 1


Whole cohort

English Literature KIP





Period 2 10:20 - 11:15







Break 11:15– 11:35






Period 3 11:35 - 12:30







Period 4  12:30 - 13:25






Lunch 13:25-14:05






Period 5 14:05 - 15:00