Dear Parent/Carer

Year 7 Timetable and Examinations – June 2018

Timetables

In the second half of the summer term we always make some changes to the students’ timetables. Year 11 students will be taking their GCSE exams and no longer follow a regular timetable, while year 9 students have the opportunity to begin the GCSE option subjects which they have selected. Students in other year groups are not affected so much, with very few changes of teacher, but there are likely to be changes to the periods in the week when lessons for different subjects take place. New timetables will be issued to all students during the week before half-term and will come into operation from Monday June 4th (which will be a Monday of week B.)

Examinations

During the first 2 weeks after half term we will be holding exams for year 7 students in some subjects. These exams will be used alongside other forms of assessment to help teachers to judge the progress that has been made during the year so far. They will also give students the experience of taking exams in a number of different subjects during a fairly concentrated period of time. It is important that they become familiar with this situation as it is something they will face more often as they move up the school.

Year 7 students will have exams in English, Maths, Science, History, Computer Science and Drama during this time (between June 4th and June 15th). There will be a guided approach to the preparation and revision for these exams during lesson time in these subjects. This will support students with planning for revision and learning to practise and apply revision techniques effectively. Year 7 students will receive further information and guidance about their exams in an assembly and during their lessons.

The exams will take place during timetabled lessons in the subject classrooms (unless students are informed otherwise.) Teachers will ensure that students are aware of exactly when and where the exams for their subjects will take place, and a timetable can be found on the website under ‘Year 7 Exams information.’

Further subject specific information about these exams can also be found in this section of the website. If you have any questions about the exams for a particular subject, please contact your child’s teacher. There is also information on the website about suggested revision techniques and how best to prepare for exams. We recommend that students spend some time on revising each day over the next few weeks. Research has shown that one or two twenty minute sessions each day for a few weeks is more effective for revision than a prolonged period of time just before the exam. We would be grateful if you could ensure that your son or daughter spends some time at home on revision between now and the exam period.

Yours sincerely

Mr A Ledward
Deputy Headteacher