Helping your son/daughter FAQs for Parents/Carers
Helping your son/daughter through their GCSE exams is a difficult time for parents/carers as well as the students themselves.
The following FAQs will hopefully assist you all and provide useful information.
How do I find out about the curriculum students follow in KS4?
We run a GCSE Induction Evening every September for Year 10 students and their parents/carers. The evening enables us to share with you vital information about their KS4 curriculum and suggests ways you can help them achieve their target grades.
Please also visit our Curriculum Area on the school website.
How can I help my son/daughter prepare for their examinations?
We hold a GCSE Study Skills Evening for all Year 11 students and their parents in the spring term of Y11. The event focuses on how best to prepare for the summer exams, revision techniques and includes specific presentations from core subject areas, English, Maths and Science.
How can I help my son/daughter cope with exam stress?
Useful sites for managing exam stress:
How can I find out their exam timetable?
All students are provided a personalised Exam Timetable for their mock and main exams. Copies of the "complete" timetable are always posted on our website HERE.
If you would like a copy of your son/daughters exact timetable please contact the school or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any specific rules in relation to GCSE exams?
Yes there are and they are available from this website page.
Which Exam Boards do you use?
Exam boards vary depending on subject.
Maths is Edexcel
English is AQA
Science is AQA
Languages is AQA
Drama is AQA
Geography is AQA
Design and Technology AQA
Food Prep WJEC/Eduqas
Computer Science OCR
Enterprise and Marketing OCR
Sport Studies OCR
Media Studies WJEC/Eduqas
What time of the day do GCSE Exams take place?
Morning exams are 9am Afternoon exams are 13:30
Where are Exams held?
Exams take place in Sports hall except for students who have access arrangements i.e. reader/scribe and they take place in the library. We do use our Conference Room for students who suffer with anxiety but that’s only agreed through SEN Team.
Students sit in candidate number order. It is possible to seat a student out of candidate order if they are anxious and feel better sitting at the back or front of the hall, but they need to speak to the Exams Officer prior to exams.
When should students arrive at school prior to an exam?
Students need to be at school at least 30 minutes before the start time of exams, in order to register. If they are going to be late, they need to contact student services who will advise me. They need to be at school before start time. In unfortunate circumstances – students will be allowed to enter the exams hall but that depends on what time they get to school and it's at the Exam Officers discretion.
Who is your Exam's Officer?