Year 11 Exams
Year 11 Pre Public Exams (PPEs):
You will be aware that we were unable to run the Year 10 Summer exams. Whether you were able to attend for English, Maths and Science in the Summer term and logged on and participated in your online Teams lessons for each of your options, we have every faith that you can all do well. We are here to support you and over the coming weeks, if you give 100% effort in each of your subjects, we know you will all be in the best position to sit your mocks or, as we call them, PPEs in October.
When are my PPEs?
They will start on Monday 5 October and will run for two weeks until Friday 16 October. A copy of the timetable can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. If you take Art, French, Hospitality & Catering, Photography or Spanish – some or all of your assessments for those subjects will be after the half term break from Monday 2 November. Your timetable will be published on our return to school in September.
How will I be expected to conduct myself during the PPEs?
Students will receive a briefing on the expectations for lining up, entry into and exit from the exams, as well as conduct during the exams themselves. The PPEs give students the opportunity to learn how to conduct themselves ready for the Public exams in Summer 2021. The regulations for conduct are set by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and the school. Each institution is inspected to ensure they conduct their exams to meet this guidance, therefore it is important that you know what is expected of you.
We ask that parents take the time to read the JCQ document "Information for Candidates" which you can find at the bottom of this page, and discuss this with your child, so they are fully aware of what is expected.
What can I do to help myself in preparation for these exams?
- Give 100% effort in every lesson and complete home learning tasks.
- You will all be given additional support. This may be in the form of tasks you can complete at home, attending morning sessions in place of registration, lunch or after school sessions. Attending these and fully participating will help you.
- Use the 40-10 Revision Template and Revision Calendar to plan out your time. The aim in the coming weeks is to get you in the best possible position to take these exams in October. It is important to keep in mind that you will grow and develop over the months ahead and however you do in the exams, it is not the final outcome. You will be able to build on each of your GCSEs during the next three terms.
- Try out some of the different revision techniques e.g. Cornell’s notes, PiXL templates, mindmaps, index cards and so on. Work out what works and is successful for you.
How can parents support this process?
We will send you some materials to look through. Any tasks that your child’s teachers set will be on Satchel One (formerly Show My Homework), so please keep an eye on what is being set. I would encourage you to proactively support your child by asking them to talk you through their notes, what has been going well, what still needs more time. Get involved with the trickier topic areas and offer to test your child on their notes. Sometimes this ‘shared responsibility’ can take a load off your child who might be feeling overwhelmed by a specific task or area.
In Spring term we always run parental workshops to support the revision process, so look out for these key dates coming up.
Please see some key resources attached below:
40 10 Revision Template; the optimum way to revise is proven to be 40 minutes work followed by a 10 minutes break. You can use this template to help plan your work in this way.
PiXL Revision Templates