Exam Information and Advice

Information for Parents

Preparing for the Summer Exams

  • Check your son/daughter has all the revision materials they need – if in doubt ask their teacher.
  • Check your son/daughter has a revision timetable and is sticking to it.
  • Talk to your son/daughter about what they are revising – ask them questions and get them to explain their answers.
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Encourage your son/daughter to:

  • Ask for help at school on any parts of their work they do not understand
  • Persevere and to work hard in the run-up to the exams

Useful Revision Tips 

You can support your son/daughter by helping them to follow these tips:

  • Plan for half-hour sessions or an hour at most. Any longer and it is likely that nothing more will sink in. Take a short break in between sessions and have a glass of water or something similar to drink.
  • In the evenings after school, plan to revise one or two subjects only. Leave some time for relaxation.
  • Plan to revise specific topics in each subject, not everything at once.
  • Ensure that each session starts with tackling the most difficult bits.
  • Plan to cover each subject several times and revisit each one near to the exams.
  • Revising with the TV or radio on or with loud music is not a good idea. However, having their favourite music on in the background may help.
  • Reading is not generally enough. Making brief notes in either words or pictures helps them to remember.
  • Have all the books they need to hand so they don’t have to go off looking for information.
  • Working with a friend can be useful because it allows them to test each other and to talk about the work.

During the Exam Period

Try to ensure that:

  • Your son/daughter gets a good night’s sleep before exams.
  • They eat properly before an exam.
  • They leave home in full school uniform.
  • They leave home without their mobile phone. These are banned from examinations.
  • They know the start times of every exam that day.
  • You wish them well. Tell them they have worked hard enough and that they can only do their best.
  • You look forward to seeing them at the end of the day.

And when it is all over…

Tell your son/daughter to relax and forget about studying for a while. Perhaps you can celebrate!

What you can do to help:

  • Recognising how important these exams are and how much time your son/daughter will need if they are to do as well as they can.
  • Not asking them to do too many chores or look after younger brothers and sisters.
  • Encouraging the rest of the family to help by not disturbing revision.
  • Securing a quiet place for study, where their work can be safely kept.
  • Encouraging planned relaxation time (too much study is not helpful).
  • Praising hard work.
  • Emphasising the need for plenty of sleep.
  • Helping them to forget about each exam as it is finished.
  • Reminding them that it will soon be over and there will be a good break from school when they can catch up on what they have been missing!

School Contacts

  • Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school if you would like more help or advice to prepare your son/daughter for their GCSEs.
  • Contact details for the school can be found here