Exam season is fast approaching and Year 11 students are working hard to prepare themselves for their public examinations which begin in the summer. From February to June, Year 11 students should be using the mantra of ‘3 hours per day, 5 days per week’ or ‘15 hours’ as a guide to the amount of independent study they need to be doing to succeed in the summer. The Public Examination timetable will be posted nearer the examination period. Students will also receive their personalised exam timetables but below will detail the complete schedule of all exams so parents and students can plan around these important dates.
Please note that not all examinations will be relevant to your child.
Other students in the school will also be gearing up for the exam season in the summer term. Now that most GCSE qualifications are assessed wholly through exams, it is more important than ever that students develop sound revision and exam skills. Students from Years 7 to Year 10 will sit tests in the summer term which will mirror those they will sit for public examinations over the next few years. They will also experience sitting some exams in the Sports Hall, so that they are prepared for the regulations and routines of the real thing. More information will follow about the timetable and how you can support your child to develop vital study skills so that they are well prepared for these assessments.
Create a weekly revision timetable. As a guide for Year 11 students 3 hours per day, 5 days per week in the run up to exams. These 15 hours of independent study can be spread over the week in a number of ways but serves as a guide to how much revision students should be completing from February to June in their final year. After school and weekend sessions should also count towards these 15 hours.
There is also a wealth of information available on the internet about supporting your child through exams and revision. Below are a couple of links to websites which give straightforward and practical tips to parents. We emphasise the importance of balance to students so that they ensure they eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly to ensure that they cope physically and mentally with the demands of exams. Parents play a very important role in motivating, supporting and keeping students on track during revision periods.