Year 9 and 10 Pre Public Exams May 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

Year 9 and 10 Pre Public Exams June 2018

I am writing to inform you of the arrangements for the examinations that are scheduled for next week. These examinations are designed to support students in preparing for success in external examinations at the end of Y11, so it is very important that they are taken seriously.

Exams may have changed since we as adults sat ours so it’s important you know and can explain to your child what is expected of them and why

Why do the students participate in written exams?

The staff use the examination experience to give students an insight as to how the final examinations in Year 11 will work. Practice in the same conditions and timeframe has been shown to ease students concerns and demonstrate what they might be capable of. The results of the exams are used to match against staff predictions for the result your child is capable of. Normally we use a combination of internal assessments, bookwork, contribution in class and attitude to learning to determine a predicted grade. These are shared with you at parent’s evenings and through the 3 data drops, we provide. In the terminal exam process, this prediction is tested. Finally, the exam papers are reviewed by staff to gauge how well students have understood a topic and what gaps might remain to be retaught or further explained. This supports classwork and teachers planning.

Modelling the real process and expectations for students

We expect every student to be in full school uniform (trainers are not permitted in the examination rooms)

Your child needs to have a clear pencil case with the correct equipment for all exams, including:

  • Black pens*
·         Pencils
  • Eraser
·         Ruler
  • Protractor
·         Set of compasses
  • Highlighters
·         Calculator
  • Sharpener
Some subjects may request additions to this list


Key points to cover with your child.

  • Students are allowed to take in a water bottle providing it has the label removed and there is no writing or logo on it. (This complies with JCQ rules)
  • All students will be expected to line up outside the sports hall 10 minutes before the exam starts.  (there is a system of lates but students in school have no reason to not be punctual)
  • All students will write in *black pen as this is now an exam requirement for all written papers (and it would be sensible to have several spare pens).
  • All mobile phones must be handed in before the exam and collected after the exam. This aspect may be tested using a wand device and students blatantly not following the rules will be sanctioned. In the real GCSEs, this will result in the paper being voided and a recharge fee made to the parents.
  • Students suffering from hay fever may have an opened pack of tissues in a clear plastic bag to be shown to the invigilator and kept next to their desk
  • During these exams, the school will be using external invigilators as we would during the real GCSEs.  This is a cost to the school and the invigilators are the trained staff we use for our A ‘Level and GCSE cohorts. The invigilating staff expect the conduct of students to be exemplary and follow respect and pride, the use of any inappropriate language will be sanctioned.
  • The regulations and our expectations are made very clear to the students at the start of every exam. Communication or disruption in public examinations results in disqualification for that paper and potentially for all exams sat during the same exam season.  We take any student behaviour that infringes exam guidelines very seriously as we know if they are allowed to get away with it then they risk being sanctioned by having their papers voided in the real exam.
  • Rude comments or inappropriate written responses may lead to sanction as this type of behaviour can lead to a student’s paper being voided by the exam board.

All students have been spoken to about our expectations of their behaviour during these exams and I hope that they will demonstrate a high level of maturity and understand how serious this is. If any student fails to engage during a written exam, for example not showing expected effort, they will be required to re-sit the exam paper that Friday during a 90 minute Head teacher’s detention. If this is the case I will express my concern that the student has not been completing the required revision and home study expected of them so please do monitor really closely what preparation they are doing outside of class.

I would like to thank you for your support with your child’s exams and Mr Puttick and I wish your child the best of luck. I am expecting that the results should show a real picture of your child’s capabilities as they have participated well and taken their revision seriously. Should you have any questions, Mr Puttick as their HOY and Destiny lead has requested that you contact him on 01344 390882.

Liz Cook