Advice for parents and guardians
|Exam Season||Dates||Results Day|
|University Admissions Tests||31st October 2018 (during half term)||N/A|
|November GCSE resits||5th – 12th November 2018 (including inset days)||17th January 2019|
|Y11 Mocks||10th – 20th December 2018||TBA|
|January Season||7th – 25th January 2019||14th March 2019|
|Y12 and Y13 Mocks||25th February – 4th March||TBA|
|Y10 Mocks||25th – 29th March||TBA|
|Summer Season||13th May – 26th June
Please note the 26th June is a JCQ contingency day so all students must be available to take exams on that day
|GCE/L3 15th August 2018|
|GCSE/L2 22nd August 2019|
Please note the practical exams will be run from January – June 2019. More information will be given out by subject teachers closer to the time.
Useful revision tips
All students should:
- Plan to take breaks after thirty or forty-five minutes at most. Any longer and it is likely that nothing more will sink in. Take a short break in between sessions and have a glass of water or something similar to drink. Get up and walk around.
- Plan revision in the evenings after school to allow for relaxation time
- Plan to revise specific topics in each subject, not everything at once – planning time provided
- Ensure that each session starts by tackling the most difficult bits.
- Plan to cover each subject several times and revisit each one near to the exams.
- Revising with the TV or radio on or with loud music is not a good idea.
- Reading is not generally enough. Making brief notes in either words or pictures helps them to remember. They should by now, know which way works best for them.
- Have all the books they need to hand so they don’t have to go off looking for information.
During the exam period
Try to ensure that:
- They get a good night’s sleep before exams.
- They have all the equipment they need.
- They know the start times of every exam that day.
- You wish them well; tell them they have worked hard enough and that they can only do their best.
You can help by:
- Recognising how important these exams are and how much time they will need if they are to do as well as they can.
- Not asking them to do too many chores or look after younger brothers and sisters.
- Encouraging the rest of the family to help by not disturbing revision.
- Securing a quiet place for study, where their work can be safely kept.
- Encouraging relaxation time (the continuous study is not helpful.)
- Praising hard work.
- Emphasising the need for plenty of sleep.
- Helping them to forget about each exam as it is finished.
- Reminding them that it will be worth it and will soon be over!