Exams season is fast approaching and Year 11 students are working hard to prepare themselves for their public examinations which begin in a matter of weeks. At this stage, 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. Please click the link to view the Public Examination timetable. Students will shortly receive their personalised exam timetables but this is the complete schedule of all exams so parents and students can plan around these important dates.
Other students in the school are also gearing up for the exam season. 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 Year 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 how you can support your child to develop vital study skills so that they are well prepared for these assessments. The timetables are provided below so that you are aware well in advance of the key dates. The AFA4 report to parents will summarise the results of these end of year assessments and will arrive at the end of the Summer Term.
Please click here to access the blank weekly revision timetable which Year 11 students should use to plan their weekly study. We always refer to the mantra‘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 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 we feel 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. We also speak to students about ‘delayed gratification’; putting in the hard work for a period of time to achieve great rewards later on rather than being distracted by short term diversions. This self discipline is critical if students are to prepare themselves well for examinations. Parents play a very important role in motivating, supporting and keeping students on track during revision periods.