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.

How and when will my child be assessed?

  • The timetable for terminal GCSE exams can be found here. ( the new year's timetable is released around early march )
  • Click here for an explanation of the percentages that the terminal examination represents in each subject.
  • An overview of how assessment is spread across KS4 is provided here. This is relevant for current year 11 but not for year 10

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. English language, English literature and maths are the first subjects to use the new system, with most other subjects adopting numbers by 2019. Eventually all GCSEs taken in England will receive numerical grades. Further useful information can be accessed 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)

Each subject has put together a comprehensive guide/checklist as to what to revise, and where to find the materials/content that they need to learn. Click on the subject to download each guide.

Business revision plan
Computing exam checklist
Design exam checklist
French foundation exam checklist
French higher exam checklist
Geography exam checklist
Gujarati exam checklist
History exam checklist
Media exam checklist
PE exam checklist
Photography exam checklist
Spanish exam checklist
Maths Revision Guidance
Science Revision Support

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

Stress

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 jsegree@rushey-rmet.org.uk or mjones@rushey-rmet.org.uk