Year 7 CATs

Dear Parents/Carers,

In these unusual times, as an Academy we still believe it is important to assess our students at specific intervals and feedback to both the student and to you. This is to see what their needs are and how we can best help them learn and achieve. Particularly with the loss in face-to-face learning during the last academic year, this assessment is more important than ever in supporting our students’ progression.

As part of this process, we will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) to all students in Year 7. CAT4 is made up of a series of short tests which assess a student’s reasoning (thinking) abilities in key areas that support educational development and academic attainment. We have chosen to administer these tests now, now that the students are in full time education and have had chance to settle in.

No preparation is necessary; it is important that your child does not become anxious as no prelearning or knowledge is needed to complete the tests. CAT4 has many uses and can help your child and his/her teachers to plan appropriately and set targets for different Key Stages and for GCSE and A-level (or Standard and Intermediate Grade exams).

As an Academy and to ensure your son/daughter is progressing, we make use of formative and summative assessments. The summative assessments form part of the report you will receive. Summative assessments can take many forms but tend to be in the form of an exam paper or an exam style question.

Therefore, to ensure your son/daughter is best prepared for these summative assessments, please see below for our full assessment calendar with the Year 7 baseline and CATs tests:

Data Point Assessment Window Data Collection Date Report Release
Year 7 CATs 14/10/20 – 16/10/20 16/10/20 *
Collection Point 1

(Years: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,


Working at Grades &

CAGs / Predicted (1)

Year 7 CATs entered

Year 11 and 13:

First Exam: 09/11/20

Last Exam: 01/12/20

11/12/20 Year 11 & 13


Years 7-10 & 12


Year 11 Working at Grades & CAGs / Formative assessment 29/01/21 12/02/21

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Predicted (2) (Years 11 & 13)
Year 13 Mocks

Working at Grades &

CAGs / Predicted (3)

11/01/21 – 15/01/21 29/01/21 12/02/21
Collection Point 2

(Years: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,


Working at Grades &

CAGs / Predicted (4)

Year 11 and 13: 01/03/21 – 12/03/21 26/03/21 Year 11 and 13


Years 7-10 & 12


Data Point 3

(Years: 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)

Year 12 Mocks

13/07/21 20/07/21

* Year 7 CATs tests are sent off to be marked externally

Years 7-10 and 12 have three data collection points. This is the date when their assessment results are entered into our Go4Schools system. The summative assessment sat for these three data collection points is different for each department. Our whole school policy is that we give our staff two weeks to mark and feedback, therefore the assessment will be sat at least 2 weeks prior to the data collection date.

Many thanks,


Mr. K Brehon

Senior Assistant Principal – Student Outcomes


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