Information about preparing for and sitting exams
As exam season approaches, 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.
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.
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.
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.
NCS are unable to visit schools at the moment so they have produced a film introduce the programme. You can view this film via the following link: Link to NCS film
There is also more information on their flyer, which you can view using the following link: NCS Flyer
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