The GCSE and GCE External Examinations will begin on Monday 14th of May and will run until Friday 22nd June. However, there will be some exam components such as the French speaking exam that will take place earlier at the teacher’s discretion. GCSE and GCE results are a very important part of a student’s academic journey.
The results you get can affect the following:
- The Sixth Form you go to
- The qualifications you take next year
- Your eligibility for a university course
- The universities you can apply to
- Your career prospects
Revision is key to getting a good grade. Some good advice is to start preparation early, revise a little but often and to stick to your plan and reward your success.
Useful resources for revision
To help with revision:
Some good websites to help with exam stress are:
Useful resources for parents to support their child:
What can parents do to support?
"The important thing is structure,” advises Lee Glaser, headmaster at Taunton School, Somerset. “It's not a magic wand answer, but I think that sitting down at the beginning of a long revision period and putting together a revision plan that the parents have knowledge of, is a good idea."
Advice for parents
- Get a copy of your child’s revision timetable and help them to stick to it by supervising them
- Take away distractions for their revision periods, e.g. phones, tablets and games consoles
- Ensure they are eating well and drinking plenty of water
- Be supportive and encouraging during this stressful period
- Communicate well with the school should you feel you or your child need support
- Ensure they get plenty of sleep
- Reduce the time your child spends in front of a screen-this can impact focus, concentration and sleep
All students should have been issued with their exam timetable. Please check it carefully, and ensure that students know the date, time and location of each exam.