The final round of Year 11 GCSE Mock Examinations will take place during the W/B 19 February, which is immediately after the half-term break, and will continue until Tuesday 27 February.

Year 11 students will be taking mock exams in the following GCSE subjects: English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French (Reading and Writing), Religious Studies, Music, Physical Education, Film Studies and Hospitality and Catering. Each student will have received their individual timetable in tutor time W/B 22 January – and it is available on EduLink – but the full schedule is available here:

Monday 19 February:
AM – 9.00-11.00am – Maths Paper 1 – 1½ hrs
PM – 1.05-3.05pm – Geography – 1½ hrs

Tuesday 20 February:
AM – 9.00-11.00am – English Literature – Component 1 – 2hrs
PM – 1.05-3.05pm – Film Studies – 1½ hrs or PE Paper 1 – 1hr or Hospitality & Catering – 1½ hrs

Wednesday 21 February;
AM – 9.00-11.00am – Biology – 1¾ hrs or Combined Science Biology – 1¼ hrs
PM – 1.05-3.05pm – Maths Paper 2 – 1½ hrs

Thursday 22 February:
AM – 9.00-11.00am – History – 2hrs
PM – 1.05-3.05pm – English – Poetry – 1hr

Friday 23 February:
AM – 9.00-11.00am – Chemistry – 1¾ hrs or Combined Science Chemistry – 1¼ hrs
PM – 1.05-3.05pm – PE Paper 2 – 1hr or Music – 1hr

Monday 26 February;
AM – 9.00-11.00am – PE Paper 1 – 2hrs or Hospitality & Catering (3 x Clash Students) – 1½ hrs
PM – 1.05-3.05pm – Maths Paper 3 – 1½ hrs

Tuesday 27 February:
AM – 9.00-11.00am – French Reading & Writing 1 – Higher – 2¼ hrs / Foundation – 1¾hrs
PM – 1.05-3.05pm – Physics – 1¾ hrs or Combined Science Physics – 1¼ hrs

To reiterate, the mock exams are a pivotal part of our on-going assessment process. Class teachers will use mock exam results to help inform their professional predicted grades, thus affecting Sixth Form, college or apprenticeship places. These mock examinations are the last formal opportunity for teachers to identify where students are working at, any gaps in knowledge, and to adapt their teaching accordingly to help your child. With this is in mind, it will be a terrible shame if your child does not seriously address these exams as it will only hamper them in their real GCSE examinations which will begin just 39 school days after these mock exams finish.

In many cases, mock exams involve only sections of the final exam and some topics will not be included. Students will be told these topics in class, and if they haven’t already been told, then they will be given a ‘Topics To Revise’ Booklet in their upcoming assembly before half-term. Please find the booklet as an attachment within this communication.

We firmly believe the mock exam process is hugely worthwhile and will help students to tailor their revision of these subjects so that exam content is embedded. If it is addressed properly then it makes the real exams in the Summer far less onerous. The revision notes will help inform future prior preparation, experiencing exam conditions in the sports hall will help prepare readiness, understanding the exam procedures will bring clarity, and developing skills in how to manage their time during examinations will avoid major errors when it really matters.

Bex Oldfield, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We will be supporting Year 11 students through these mock exams with boosters and Saturday Schools and just as much being an arm around the shoulder when necessary. These final mock exams are excellent for identifying areas of strength and bits that teachers need to redress with students to make sure they are secure for the Summer. We would urge all parents to play an active role in preparing for these exams, encouraging and incentivising at home, and helping us to get their child over their individual line. No child at our school will not succeed if they do their best.”