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Year 10 - Unit 1 Assessment

Re: Unit 1 Assessment fortnight 21st November -2nd December 2022, 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 21st November 2022.  We are also writing to give you information about how you can support your child to succeed in these assessments.

Assessment overview

The first 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. Assessments take place in their usual lessons between 21st and 28th November 2022.  Your child will sit mock examinations at the end of Units 2 and 3 (Spring and Summer).

What are the KIP assessments?

  • The assessment is made up of 50 words from your child’s Knowledge Organiser for each subject. 
  • 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 2 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 and their rank
  • 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 Ms Jones using the email

We look forward to studying and celebrating with you soon.

Yours sincerely

Miss C Jones

Assistant Head    

Year 10 Assessment Timetable


Week A

Week 11

Monday 21st November

Tuesday 22nd November

Wednesday 23rd November

Thursday 24th November

Friday 25th November   

Period 1 9.25 - 10.20

Whole cohort

English Language KIP





Period 2 10:20 - 11:15




10G, 10O, 10C Maths KIP








Period 3 11:35 - 12:30

Whole Cohort

Science KIP





Period 4 12:30 - 13:25


Block A KIPS

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

Block B KIPS

Business Studies, Engineering, Geography, History, Spanish









Period 5 14:05 - 15:05

Block C KIPS

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


10L & 10U Maths KIP


Block D KIPS

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

Week B

Week 12

Monday 28th November

Tuesday 29th November

Wednesday 30th November

Thursday 1st December

Friday 2nd December

Period 1 9.25 - 10.20






Period 2 10:20 - 11:15


Whole cohort

English Literature KIP