Exams

Exam information and revision materials

Exam cancellations due to the coronavirus

The Awarding of Examination Grades

The link below provides basic details of how the government and exam regulator, Ofqual, anticipate grades will be awarded to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer.

In summary, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades that to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided by Ofqual to schools and colleges.

The exam boards will then combine this information from schools with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible.

More information will be provided by Ofqual as soon as possible.

We know that many students and parents will be anxious about this process but please trust that we will do the very best for our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged. As soon as we receive the guidance we will write to parents and students.

If Universities do contact Year 13 students directly it would be helpful if you could please update Mrs Parker Dennis.

Press Release

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

 


Exam timetables and information will be published here when appropriate.

Also attached is the presentation from our 'Helping Your Child Succeed In Exams' evening.

This page contains resources created and collated by us to help you with the key areas of revision in the weeks coming up to your exams:

1) Effective Revision Skills
2) Note-Taking Skills
3) Essay Writing Skills
4) Learning Quotes
5) Mindfulness

Please also remember that what really matters at this time of year is that you don’t rev in neutral: if you need help, guidance or advice about how to plan / how to revise / mindfulness – please let us know as soon as possible. We are happy to help individuals or even to deliver some group sessions to help support your achievement. Please do come and talk to us: no issue or problem is too small.

The good news is that experts agree that the right preparation can improve your results by two grades. There are many ways to review work, and hard work, planning and starting early will maximise your chances of getting the best grades you can.

Here are our top tips:

  • Make a solid revision plan - those who have a working style based on breaking down tasks into small, manageable parts end up with better grades.
  • Revision should never simply be seen as soaking up knowledge. You should try to get involved in what they are studying - preferably by trying to ensure you have clear and effective notes on the topics you are revising.
  • Writing out plans for exam answers and doing full timed exam questions are also really important. Don’t just write essay plans – you need to do the whole question.
  • Work with your teachers to ensure you have detailed knowledge and understanding of the mark scheme.
  • Use model answers to help to show exactly what the difference is between an A*and a C grade: they also show you just how much knowledge and understanding of the topic and the question you need to get the top grade.

It is only through dedication, organisation, motivation and most of all hard work will you get the success that you want and deserve.