Click here for answers to some common questions about exams.
SCHOOL UNIFORM DURING EXAMS
Year 11 students MUST wear full school uniform when attending school for revision classes and examinations.
Any student who comes to school not in uniform will be asked to go home and change. He will not be allowed on school premises.
To download a copy of the full Summer 2017 exam timetable click here
There are very strict rules about public exams which are enforced by the awarding bodies.
Students must ensure they are familiar with the exam regulations - failure to comply can lead to loss of marks or disqualification.
You can download copies of the notices via the links below.
GCSE EXAMS ADVICE
Click here for useful advice on managing the exams process from one of the awarding bodies.
For a handy guide to what to do - and what NOT to do - in exams click here.
Students must make sure they are properly equipped for every exam.
You must bring two black ball-pens, a pencil, eraser, sharpener and any other writing or maths equipment needed to your exams.
Check with your teacher if you think you will need any specialist equipment.
Revision is an essential part of preparing for exams. English, maths and science revision guides can be purchased from the school - students should speak to their subject teacher.
Click here to download a list of textbooks and revision guides recommended for Year 10 and Year 11 students.
Our Library webpage has a Revision Area with useful information you can print and put up in your son's study area at home.
Useful revision websites are SAM Learning and BBC Bitesize for most subjects and MyMaths for maths.
Skoool offers GCSE revision for maths and science.
Bibliomania has study guides and full texts for English
Create mindmaps and revision timetables at Get Revising
Other websites worth a look are The Student Room, S-cool and ReviseSmart.
Twelve tried-and-tested learning and revision techniques are available on one handy page here.
Click here to download useful Exam and Revision Tips which you can print off for your son.
Sixth form students should have a look at our A Level Study Area page for useful study and revision resources.
The four awarding bodies we use for GCSE and A Level exams are AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC Eduqas. You can get useful information on the exams process from their websites and all will allow you to download free copies of past exam papers.
Their websites are:
Click on the links above to go directly to the Students and Parents sections.
When looking for past papers you should be aware that the awarding bodies refer to A Level papers as GCE - do not confuse this with GCSE which are the exams students do in Year 11. You may need to search within different GCSE date categories to find the subject you are looking for. Every subject has a course code and each paper has a component code - you will find it helpful to have this code to help you identify the correct exam papers. You will find it on your son's exam timetable under Component.
The reform of GCSE, AS and A level qualifications is now in its second year, with more reformed subjects beginning to be taught this term.
GCSEs have a new grading structure with A* to G grades being replaced by numbered grades 9 to 1.
Grade 1 is roughly equivalent to a G grade, grade 4 to a low C grade and grade 7 is equivalent to grade A.
Click here for an illustration of the new GCSE grade system.
A levels are now 2 year courses examined at the end of the second year.
AS levels remain a stand-alone qualification but no longer contribute to the final A level grade.
Click here to download Ofqual postcards which include key information for understanding the process of reforming GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications.