Welcome to the assessment page of our website.  

When teachers continually gauge the level of student understanding in the classroom, they can adapt learning to the needs of students as well ensuring students reach their full potential. Assessing students’ progress takes place in every taught lesson of every day (formative assessment) as well as through formal end of unit or end of term exams (summative assessment).  

Formative Assessment 

Throughout lessons teachers continually collect information on the quality of student learning to ensure that knowledge is secure and that misconceptions are addressed quickly. Formative assessment at Avonbourne Academy includes: 


· Do Now Activities 

· Cold Call Questioning 

· Mini Whiteboards 

· Low-stakes Quizzing 


Formative Assessment – Feedback 

Teachers will give verbal feedback regarding the accuracy and quality of student work throughout every lesson.  

Whole class feedback will take place every two weeks (or 6 lessons). Teachers will look at students books and check the following 8 guidance points; misconceptions, presentation, cause for concern, missing/incomplete work, literacy, praise, show call work and evidence for improvement tasks. Teachers will then provide whole class feedback in the following lesson and students will act upon the advice and guidance to improve their work. Further details can be found in the Feedback and Assessment Policy on the website.  

Summative Assessment 

Students have their progress regularly assessed in all subjects. In Years 7-13 students are assessed twice in the academic year. Students receive comprehensive revision materials prior to their assessments to support them in preparing for their exams. We make sure the assessment given to students reflects the curriculum needs for the subject area at KS3, for example PE will have practical assessments and English would have written ones.  

For the current academic year, exams are held as follows: 

Term 1 

 Year 11: 2 weeks, commencing 15th November 2021 

 Year 13: 2 weeks, commencing 6th December 2021 

Term 2: 

 Year 9: 2 weeks, commencing 10th January 2022 

 Year 8: 2 weeks, commencing 17th January 2022 

 Year 10: 2 weeks, commencing 24th January 2022 

 Year 7: 1 week, commencing 7th February 2022 

 Year 13: 2 weeks, commencing 28th February 2022 

 Year 11: 2 weeks, commencing 7th March 2022 

 Year 12: 1 week, commencing 4th April 2022 


Term 3 - End of Year 

 Year 9: 2 weeks, commencing 16th May 2022 

 Year 10: 2 weeks, commencing 6th June 2022 

 Year 7: 2 weeks, commencing 13th June 2022 

 Year 8: 2 weeks, commencing 20th June 2022 

 Year 12: 2 weeks commencing 20th June 2022 


Following each assessment, students’ progress is reviewed, and group changes are made to maximise their learning potential. Parents receive a paper copy of the report and an electronic version via the Arbor Parent Potral as well as the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress at our Parents’ evenings. However, if in the meantime you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Assessments

Please click here for the Year 9 End of Year Assessment Support pages.

Please click here for the Year 10 End of Year Assessment Support pages.

Please click here for a copy of the slides presented at the Year 7 Rank Order Information Evening on Tuesday 17th May 2022.

Year 11 Examinations

It is the aim of Avonbourne Academies to make the examination experience as stress-free and successful as possible for all candidates. Hopefully, the documents below will prove informative and helpful for you and your parents.

Please read them carefully and show them to your parents so that they are also aware of the examination regulations and the procedures to follow in the event of any problems occurring. The awarding bodies (or examination boards) set down strict criteria which must be followed for the conduct of examinations and the school is required to follow them precisely. You should therefore, pay particular attention to the Notices below.

Some of the questions you may have are answered in the Exam Information Booklet. If there is anything you do not understand or any question that has not been addressed, please ask. If you or your parents have any queries or need help or advice at any time before, during or after the examinations please contact The Exams Office on

Exam Guide Key Stage 4

Student Guide to Exams

Support Pages for the Year 11 Exams

For the support pages provided to Year 11 for the February 2022 Examinations please click here.
For Science Support pages please click here

Exam JCQ Regulations

Info for non-exam assessments

Info for written examination

Info for candidates – social media 

Info for candidates – privacy notice 

Info for candidates – coursework 

Info for candidates – onscreen tests

Exam board websites



Edexcel -

Welsh - 



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