KS4 Achievement

This area of our website is dedicated to helping parents and carers support students to achieve their potential. If you do not find the information that you require, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, we will be happy to help.

The PowerPoint presentation from the Year 10 Parents’ Information Evening can be found here.

The DfE have produced a factsheet for parents explaining the new GCSEs. Click here and here for further information.

How and when will my child be assessed?
The timetable for GCSE exams can be found here

During year 11, all teachers expect students to be revising and doing independent study, over and above their homework each week, you may be interested to read an article here on research around the optimum amount of time spent on work at home to ensure examination success.

Understanding the new 9 to 1 GCSE grading scale
Students taking GCSEs in England this summer will receive a mixture of number and letter grades. Eventually all GCSEs taken in England will receive numerical grades. Further useful information can be accessed here!

Why are GCSEs in England changing?
The new scale will recognise more clearly the achievements of high-attaining students, as the additional grades allow for greater differentiation. Changing from letters to numbers will also allow anyone – for example an employer – to see easily whether a student has taken a new, more challenging GCSE, or an old reformed GCSE. More information can be found here.

Summer Holiday Project: 'Review and Revise'
The summer holidays between year 10 and year 11 provides the perfect stress-free period to 'get ahead' and reduce stress during year 11 as it gives students the chance to take time to ensure that they are completely up to date with their work and that they fully understand all of the content that they have covered in the first half of their GCSE course.
Completing the 'Review and Revise' tasks that their teacher will set for the summer break ensures that they start year 11 in a positive place, organised and ahead of the game in terms of examination preparation. This project is not about doing more work overall, simply about spacing it better to reduce stress and to ensure greater effectiveness of revision technique.
Details of expectations and suggestions of activities have been entered on 'Show My Homework'.

Revision: what works?
This Powerpoint, and this article by the Memory Champion Ed Cooke, both explain the fundamentals of effective revision and explains the science of learning by heart. Each year 11 is given a copy of our Guide to Successful Revision, click here to download a copy. There is also a useful audio recording of the Year 10's Revision Tips presentation available here. (Best viewed in Internet Explorer)

Week planners can be downloaded here and month planners here.

Exam Preparation Period – Tips for Parents
Our Exams Information Evening aimed to give a good overall view of how parents can help to support their child during the exam period. If you missed the evening or simply want further advice there are some helpful tips here.
We also have an in-depth booklet on how to support your child through GCSEs, available to buy from the B Block Kiosk at break for £2.50.

Steve Bidulph, a renowned author on parenting, offers his tips for supporting boys in this article.

Top tips for the run up to exams and the actual day of the exam

Some stress is natural, and even helpful on occasion, during the revision period. However, if it starts to get out of control it can do a great deal of harm. The articles here and here give some sound advice on coping with stress. And this 'quiz' offers an assessment as to whether your feelings and reactions around the exam period are heading too far into the stress zone.
If you are worried about the levels of stress shown by your son or daughter please get in touch with Ms Segree, the pastoral head of KS4, or Ms Jones, the year 11 pastoral coordinator.
You can ring the school or email [email protected] or [email protected]