Key Dates for Year 11

  • w/c 16 October 2017 – Assessment Week
  • Tuesday 17 October 2017 (6.30pm – 8.30pm) – Revision Evening
  • w/c 6 November 2017 – Mock Exam Week 1
  • Tuesday 14 November 2017 (4.45pm – 7.30pm) – Sixth Form Open Evening


Arrangements for the first mock examination period for Year 11 students

Year 11 students will be sitting mock GCSE exams in English Language, English Literature, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, history, computing, French, German, Spanish, Latin, food technology, resistant materials, engineering and electronics from Monday 6 November to Friday 10 November 2017. All other subjects, apart from art (fine art, graphics and textiles), will sit an assessment in lessons from Monday 16 October to Thursday 19 October 2017.

Students will need to attend all lessons during the assessment week (16 – 19 October). However, during the mock exam week (6 – 10 November), students need only come into school for their exams.

For students who come in on buses, or for any student who wishes to revise within school, the LRC will be available and, if necessary, additional study rooms will be made available.

If you wish your son or daughter to remain in school when they are not sitting their exams, please e-mail their name to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – we will ask these students to register in the LRC each period they are not in an exam.

Year 11 students must wear school uniform for their mock exams.

Mock exams are of great importance; results from these exams will give students an indication of what they need to do to improve in their actual exams. It is essential that students prepare thoroughly for their exam. To help with this class teachers will be issuing students with exam preparation materials for both assessment periods. An overview of all the material with links to online resources can be found on the school website: Students need to attach the same importance and bring the same positive attitude to these exams as they will do for their actual exams.

Teaching staff will use the exams to inform future teaching, revision and intervention. The Curriculum Team will use this data in the options interviews to determine which courses students are predicted to be eligible for.

The mock exam timetable is on the school website and students will be given their own individual timetables in registration by their form tutors. As we are concentrating exams into a five-day period there will inevitably be a number of clashes, these will be highlighted on the timetables, along with arrangements as to how they will be resolved. Students must note carefully in their planners when and where their exams will take place and they must ensure they arrive on time (a minimum of 20 minutes before the start of the exam).

Please note the early start time of 1pm for the Biology exam on 8 November 2017.


Students who sit their exams in separate rooms

Students who have support in the Base will have rooms and arrangements explained to them by teaching assistants and the SENDCo.

For other students, on each day of the exam period there will be lists available outside the main exam room, in the exams office and in the pastoral office, of separate room arrangements. Students will be expected to check in good time where they are meant to be. Seat numbers will be printed on a second copy of their mock exam timetable, which they will receive closer to the exam period.


Mobile phones

Students are not allowed smart watches, mobile phones, MP3 players, MP4 players etc. in the exam room. Where possible we would ask that students leave them at home but where this is not possible they must be handed in before the start of the exam. To allow this to happen students need to arrive in good time for their exams and an exam invigilator will collect in electronic equipment in the main hall for morning exams and in the alcove opposite the Pastoral Office for afternoon exams.


Conduct in exams

The exams section on the student area of the school website has a range of important information regarding conduct in exams. It is important that students read this carefully 


Temperature in exam rooms

As the majority of exams will be taking place in the Sports Hall and this can be chilly in November, students need to wear suitable warm clothing.


Issue of mock exam results

Students will receive their mock exam results during the school day on Tuesday 19 December 2017. Each student will receive an individual copy of their results to replicate the experience they will have when they receive their actual results in August. Data will be available to parents on 19 December 2017.


We are aware that this is a heavy and challenging series of exams for Year 11 students but we believe it is essential that students have the experience of a mock exam in all their subjects. We have concentrated the exams into as short a period as possible as we wish to limit the time students have away from classroom teaching.