Information about preparing for and sitting exams
As we approach the exam season when revision and preparation dominates our time, 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 Officer, Mrs Strutt. If you have any other queries, please contact the appropriate subject teacher; Mrs Veale, Head of Year 11 or Mrs Bertram, Pastoral Support Manager.
Year 11 Support Programme
Year 11 Revision Sessions Programme below began on Monday 10 February and continues until the beginning of the exam series in May.
Students and their parents / carers should discuss these revision sessions and they should be encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. It is in all students best interests to attend our revision sessions as part of a planned revision timetable they have constructed with help from their tutor and their parents. We ask that parents are aware of the revision sessions being attended by their child so necessary arrangements for them leaving college at the later time of 4 pm can be made. Please note that our reception office and telephone switchboard closes at 4 pm.
We will be running parent workshops in the second part of the spring term that will provide information and strategies for parents to support their children through the coming months and into the exam season in May and June. More information about this will be shared soon.
Selected students will be required to attend targeted compulsory intervention for identified subjects on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, or for Science on a Wednesday or Mathematics on a Friday. Parents and carers will be informed via a text message if their child is required to attend any of these sessions.
Please contact Mrs Veale, Head of Year 11, or Mr Sutherland, Vice Principal, with any questions regarding revision or supporting students through their GCSE Examinations.
Year 11 students received their PPE grades on Wednesday 12 February. Please discuss these with your child and, if you would like to discuss these with someone in school, please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance.
A printable version of the Revision Session Programme is here: printable version of revision sessions programme
You can print out this blank timetable to help you plan your revision: Blank Revision Timetable
There are some good revision tips on this website: https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/themix/ncs-revision-tips
The materials from our recent Revision Workshop can be downloaded via the following links:
Our Exam Booklet contains lots of information and tips. Every Year 11 student has been given one of these booklets, either at or after the Year 11 Tutor Evening in October. You can download the booklet from the link below:
Please note that the Exams taking place on 3 and 10 June were originally the other way around, ie the morning exam was originally scheduled to take place in the afternoon and vice versa. These are shown in red on the exam timetable in the booklet and below.
The Government have cancelled the GSCE and A-Level Examinations for 2020.
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.
Final School Photograph
Fizz Photography were due to take our Year 11 Group Photograph and individual photographs on Thursday 24 March. However, due to the current uncertain situation, this has been postponed. A new date will be set and more details will be available closer to the time.
Year 11 Prom
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.
Year 11 students can order a 2020 Leavers' Hoodie in a colour of their choice. Each hoodie will cost £20.45 however, there is the possibility that the price will decrease if enough orders are received. Should this happen, refunds will be issued by the supplier.
To order your hoodie, please use the link below:
The login details have been sent to our Year 11 students and their parents / carers by email. If students require these details again, they should see Mrs Bertram.
The deadline for ordering is Wednesday 20 May 2020.
Summer 2020 GCSE results
Results will be available from 9 am on Thursday 20 August 2020 in the Sixth Form Centre.
Certificates will be issued in November 2020 and you will be contacted regarding arrangements for collection closer to the time.
Results and certificates will only be released to the person they belong to. We cannot give out students’ results to anyone else, including parents, without written permission from the person they belong to and accompanying identification of the person collecting them. Anyone wishing to collect results or certificates on behalf of a someone else will need to show ID and written letter from the student giving consent for that person to collect their results.
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.
On the NCS programme participants mix with a new crowd and take on fresh challenges together. Along the way, they get a taste for independence and pick up skills that will help them reach their future goals. They are given a platform to have their voices heard and pursue a passion project. The four week programme includes a residential activities week with activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, high ropes, SUP boards and problem solving challenges, with the focus on developing confidence, leadership and team work. There is a second residential week, spent living at Plymouth University, learning essential life skills such as budgeting and cooking and providing a taster of independence. This week includes workshops covering subject such as health and wellbeing, anxiety, presentation skills, communication skills and a creating effective personal statements. The other two weeks are spent planning and executing a project in the local community.
Over 500,000 people have already completed an NCS programme. You can find out more about this and sign up on the NCS website: https://wearencs.com/summer