Information about preparing for and sitting exams
During the approach to the exam season, revision and preparation dominates our time and teachers and parents/carers need to help all of our students to prepare for the exams ahead.
Each student receives a personalised exam timetable which includes the venue for all exams and the seat in which they will be sitting. We recommend that students check the seating plans before every exam so that they know exactly where they will be; this approach can reduce stress on the day.
Please be aware that no equipment will be handed out in the exam rooms. All students are expected to bring to every exam black biro-style pens to write with, pencils and a ruler in a clear case, as well as any subject specific equipment required such as a calculator. The requirement that a black ball-point pen is used comes from the exam boards. This means a biro-style pen; gel pens and ink pens are not permitted. Please see details at the foot of this page regarding equipment that can be purchased from our Maths department. Pens are always available for students to purchase from our Library and our Prefects run a resources stall outside of room 0309 at break and lunch-times.
All bags will be stored in a locked room away from the exam room. Phones and other internet enabled devices (including watches) are not permitted in the exam room and we strongly suggest these are left at home. If they are brought into the college, it is the students’ responsibility to store them as we will not be collecting phones at the start of exams. Any student with a phone or internet enabled device in the exam room, even if it is turned off, will be subject to disqualification.
Before and during exams
Students must arrive fully equipped for the exam 10 minutes before the start time stated on their timetable. To reduce stress we will aim to start every exam promptly following the reading of the JCQ guidelines:
You must not become involved in any unfair or dishonest practice in any part of the examination. You must:
- not sit an examination in the name of another candidate.
- not have in your possession any unauthorised material or equipment which might give you an unfair advantage.
- not have possession of a mobile phone or other unauthorised item or materials, even if you do not intend to use it. If you do, you will be subject to a penalty and possible disqualification.
- not talk to, attempt to communicate with or disturb other candidates once you have entered the examination room.
- follow the instructions of the invigilator.
- speak only to an invigilator if, during an exam, you have any questions. You must raise a hand and wait for an invigilator.
- in any unexpected circumstances such as a fire alarm, simply follow the invigilators’ instructions.
Official documents published by the Joint Council for Qualifications regarding exam rules and requirements are available via the link below:
We have recently invested in brand new exam desks in order to improve the exam experience for students. Please be aware that these must not be written on or vandalised in any other way. Failure to follow this instruction will result in a student being charged for the desk and their invitation to the Prom revoked.
Parents/carers can support their child in preparing for the exams by keeping them well fed, watered and rested! Visualising the exam process and being organised at this time can improve exam performance.
Students will follow their normal college timetable until advised otherwise. Part way through the exam season, when it becomes impractical to continue with the normal timetable, it will be replaced with a schedule of revision sessions and exams. Please be aware that all students are required to wear full uniform at all times when they are in the college until the end of the summer term, even after their leavers' assembly has taken place.
If you have any questions about exam entries, please contact our Examinations Manager, Miss Evans. If you have any other queries, please contact the appropriate subject teacher; Mr Smillie, Head of Year 11 or Mrs Fisk, Pastoral Support Manager.
Year 11 Support
In order to support Year 11 students we have arranged the following sessions from 2 November until the Christmas break:
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The learning café is an opportunity for all Year 11 students to come to a relaxed and productive environment and complete work or revision in order to prepare thoroughly for the next set of PPEs in February and the main examinations in the summer. This takes place in the Year 11 common room and the adjacent computer room. A group of Year 11 students have also offered to run this provision on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for students that have not been requested to attend targeted intervention sessions. Students must inform their parents or carers if they are staying after college in the learning café as this is an extra-curricular provision and registers will not be taken.
Selected students will be required to attend targeted compulsory intervention for identified subjects on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, or for Mathematics on a Friday. Parents and carers will receive a text message if their child is required to attend any of these sessions. These sessions are crucial to closing any knowledge gaps, improving examinations skills as identified in the PPEs or to target specific areas identified by the subject teacher.
Following the completion of the PPEs in February, we will begin our comprehensive revision programme. Details of this will be shared in the New Year so that students can plan with their parents / carers as to which sessions they will attend.
Please remember that the Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 10 December, between 4 pm and 7 pm. This is an extremely important opportunity for you to discuss your child’s academic progress with each subject teacher and gain information about how you can best support them to prepare for the forthcoming examinations. These appointments are likely to be run remotely via video so please keep any eye out for the information that will be sent closer to the time.
If you have any questions about how best to support your child, please contact Mr Smillie, Head of Year 11, or Mr Sutherland, Vice Principal.
Preparation for Post 16 Education
You can print out this blank timetable to help you plan your revision: Blank Revision Timetable
There are some good revision tips on these websites:
The materials from our Revision Workshop can be downloaded via the following links:
Our Exam Booklet contains lots of information and tips. Every Year 11 student will be given a booklet, either at or after the Year 11 Tutor Evening in October. The booklet will be available to download closer to the time.
Exam dates will be published soon. The exact examination dates for the summer series are yet to be confirmed by the exam boards and Department for Education. Please be aware that there is discussion about moving the exams back from the traditional May and June dates so do not commit to other events until the dates are confirmed. When we know anything, we will let you know.
When the date has been confirmed it will be published here. Year 11 students will all attend their final assembly in the main hall and, after the assembly they will be dismissed from college for the day. They will then only attend college for their remaining exams or for any pre-arranged revision sessions. Please see the section below regarding uniform.
Students must wear full uniform at all times when they are in college. After you no longer need it, please bring in any good quality items of uniform that you would like to donate to be used by the pastoral team. You can leave your donations with the reception staff.
GCSE results day is 26 August 2021. Students can collect their results from college or arrange for them to be posted by providing a stamped addressed envelope to our exams team. Results cannot be given over the telephone or collected by anyone else without the express permission of the student to whom they belong. Students who wish for someone else to collect their results must give written permission with details of the person who will be collecting them. The person who collects them must bring photo ID.
More details will be available closer to the time.
Final School Photograph
As long as coronavirus restrictions allow, Fizz Photography will take our Year 11 Group Photograph and individual photographs in the spring term. More details will be available closer to the time.
Year 11 Prom
As long as coronavirus restrictions allow, we hope that our Year 11 prom will go ahead this year. More details will be published when they are available.
Attendance to the Prom is dependent upon students demonstrating appropriate behaviour during their last year at college as well as attending the required amount of extra study sessions.
Leavers' Hoodies will be available to order in the spring term. More details will be available closer to the time.
National Citizen Service
Each year, many of our students take part in the NCS programme, which is a youth programme like no other. It is designed specially for 16 and 17 year olds, and the experience will help give a clearer idea of what participants want for their future.
Run by Young People Cornwall and designed especially for 16 and 17 year olds, the NCS experience helps to give teenagers a clearer idea of what they want from their future to help them focus on their career and education paths. NCS offers a two week or three week summer programme where your teen can build skills in leadership, communication and problem solving.
This year NCS aims to help teenagers to rebuild their confidence, strengthen their mental health and to realise how much they have overcome in the last year: concerns about their health and that of their friends and family, social distancing, missing school, missing face to face contact with friends and being physically inactive. Taking part in the NCS programme also allows teenagers to meet new people and assists them to be ready to face new challenges.
There are limited spaces available on the programme and to ensure that you don't miss out on this opportunity you can pre-register to take part at the NCS website via the following link: https://wearencs.com/sign-up-to-ncs
If you want to learn more about NCS before pre-registration please visit the NSC website via the following link: https://wearencs.com/what-is-ncs or watch the NCS video to find out more via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX7_VKqh6x0
There is also a letter from NCS that you can download via the link below: