Thursday, September 21, 2017

New GCSE Grades 9-1 starting this year

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Arrangements for Mocks January 2017

School Uniform

  • Must be worn. Normal uniform rules will apply.
  • They should wear lots of layers because when you sit still for 90/120 mins most people will start to feel cold:
    • A plain, white t-shirt (with no visible logo and tucked in) may be worn under the shirt/blouse
    • School cardigan or sweater may be worn under the jacket
  • Hoodies will NOT be permitted nor will scarves, gloves, coats or hats!
  • If the weather is wet they should wear a coat to school!!!! Last year we had students sitting in wet clothing because they hadn’t dressed appropriately for the weather.

Start Times

  • Morning exams START at 9.00am
  • Students whose mock is in the Sports Hall should line up IN HOUSE GROUPS under the covered way by Student Services at 8.45am
  • Students will be called into the Sports Hall in House groups. Students must stay under the covered way until they are instructed to go to the Sports Hall
  • Students taking their exam in any other room should make their way straight to that room at 8.45am

Article Thursday Bulletin 10 December 2016

Year 11 will be returning from the Christmas break to go straight into their first mock exam on Tuesday morning (3 January). The mocks conclude on Monday 9 January. Students will be taking a written or onscreen mock in all subjects that have that type of assessment in the summer. For GCSEs which have a practical assessment, such as Art, students will already have had a practical mock during lesson time.

GCSE exams are often 1 ½ to 2 hours long; so the mock exams will run for the same length of time. This is to help students build up their “exam stamina”. School uniform rules must be adhered to throughout the mocks and hoodies will not be permitted. If students are likely to get cold when sitting still for up to 2 hours then a plain white t-shirt may be worn under their school shirt and a school cardigan/sweater maybe worn under their jacket.

Whilst we wouldn’t want any student to spend their entire Christmas break revising(!) we would expect them to have drawn up a revision timetable and be using their time wisely. Doing revision now will be an important kick-start to their preparation for the “real thing” in May and June.

Mock results will be given to students in our traditional Mock Results Day assembly on Friday 3 February. They will also be given their summer exam entry information, together with their personal outline GCSE exam timetable at this assembly. It is essential that both students and parents check the exam entry information carefully to ensure that everyone is happy; particularly with the tier of entry (where applicable).


GCSE Grade Changes from 2017

GCSE grades are changing

The following statement has been issued for parents by Ofqual:

"GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English Literature, English Language and Maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands.

In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish who are the most able students.

To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, click here or Google "Ofqual 9 to 1 postcard". More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website here."

KS4 News

The school's summer exam timetable, complete with daily calendar entries and reminders, have been added to Show My Homework for Year 11 students to view,  The seating plans will also be uploaded on a daily basis so that students can open these documents and search for details of their room and desk number.  To search the document you need to use the 'Find' function.  The quickest and easiest way to do this is to use the Ctrl key with the 'F' key.  You can search by surname and/or first name to find the room and desk number for each exam.

Liz Ford, Exams Manager

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