I hope this letter finds you well.
The Year 11 final mock examination series are an integral part of our year 11 journey process. These mock exams are the final opportunity for both students and teachers to assess the progress students have made in their respective subjects. These February mocks will help identify strengths and areas that may require additional attention as we come closer to Summer GCSE Examinations.
Mock exams simulate the conditions of the final exams, allowing students to become familiar with the format, timing, and expectations, which can help alleviate anxiety when it comes to the actual exams. The results of these mock exams will provide valuable feedback to both students and teachers. This feedback will be used to tailor our teaching methods and support strategies to better meet the needs of individual students.
Masterclasses are a 30 minute session run in the morning of an exam to allow students a short revision session that will focus on key exam content.
Student Exam Timetables
All student Timetables can be found on the My Child at School App. Located left and under Exam Timetables. This will go live,Monday 29th January, and rooms/seats will appear shortly afterwards. Students will also receive a hard copy of their mock timetable before the end of this term.
How can you help at home
To further support your child’s success during this period, I would like to share with you the 5 stage revision strategy that we have shared with the students to best prepare them for their exams:
- Make a list of everything you need to revise
- Timetable your revision (students have been provided with a revision calendar which they should populate with the tasks they will complete throughout the weeks leading up to their final exams)
- Use effective revision strategies (we have demonstrated how best to use flashcards to ensure that students are continuously testing their knowledge rather than simply reading information)
- Identify the gaps in your knowledge (this will occur from self-testing from the flashcards and through exam practice)
- Close the gaps (once students have attempted questions, they should then add to their responses by checking their notes and then testing themselves on this content later on
Here is a useful guide for the most effective way for students to revise: https://www.innerdrive.co.uk/guides/the-best-ways-to-revise/. We also recommend that students use online flashcard creators such as https://www.brainscape.com/ to ensure they maximise their use of self-testing to commit core knowledge to long term memory.
Please remember that these mock examinations are a learning opportunity for your child, and the results will help guide their preparation for the final exams. It’s essential that we focus not only on the outcomes but also on the learning process itself.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the mock examinations or your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school. We are here to support you and your child every step of the way.
Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Together, we can help them achieve their best potential.
Mr S. Fatania | Assistant Principal
February Exams Schedule
To view the timetable as a PDF, click the image above.