I did 3 GCSEs early and 1 A level:
Music - Year 9 (A*)
French - Year 10 (A) - only because I wasn't allowed to take it as an option so I was doing it one lunchtime and one night a week and it was a big commitment... Fair enough another year I may have got an A* but I think I'd've given it up!
Maths - November of Year 11
I also A level music in Year 11 (A for AS, B for A2). Kind of wish I hadn't done that now to be honest...
I still don't see the point to SATs, my brother just sat his KS2 ones, and got really hyped up... AND he got an award for his 555! ¬¬
They're hardly important...
No I just thought they were compulsory.
I took 7 of my GCSEs early (Bio, Chem, Physics, Maths, English Lang, English Lit and French) and didn't do very well (1A*4A2B) which was much lower than I was capable of. The Chem and Physics were IGCSE though which I think was partly responsible for the Bs ( i was looking at past papers a few weeks ago and they were harder than most of my OCR A2 papers!).
I meant to go on and take 2 or 3 more GCSEs mixed with a couple of AS levels the year after but I switched schools and that wasn't possible there. I just started my AS courses which has really messed me up long term - 7GCSEs isnt really enough for uni esp with the grades I got and no one actually cares it was a year early. I've just finished my A2s now and I'm not sure whether to enroll somewhere to sit more GCSEs just so I can put down I have them. It seems stupid since they're so easy and I'm now 17 but it's just one of the hoops people have to jump through!
Yes, I believe SATs are compulsory for all state schools... I guess it's so that the government can compare between schools and they can construct league tables and such. Hmph....