While students will take a majority of their exams at the end of Year 11, including GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Science and Mathematics, we do give youngsters the chance to get some qualifications under their belts at the end of Year 10 as well.
Students in Years 10 -11 choose their two options subjects each year together. The courses run from the end of the previous year’s exam period up to the final exams in May / June the following year.
Taking two subjects in Years 10 and 11 means that our youngsters can take as many as four different options subjects to GCSE level in their time with us. This extends both choice and it also reduces some of the exam pressure at the end of Year 11.
The School pays for all exams entries, but does reserve the right to charge families for exams missed through unexplained absence or holiday.
Student Wellbeing During Exams
Exams can be an extremely challenging and stressful time. Below are some advice and sources of support for students’ wellbeing during exam times.
We all know that exams can be an extremely challenging and stressful time. If you’re struggling to manage your mood or anxiety levels, don’t keep it to yourself. Friends and family members can be a great source of support.
Download this guide for helpful advice: Dealing With Exam pressure: A Guide for Students
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/support – Whether you’re revising, waiting for your exam results, prepping for a job interview or just feeling a bit stressed, we’ve asked those who’ve been through it to share their wisdom.
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/exam-self-care/ – While revising for exams, we’re often advised to take time out and look after our mental health but how can we do this? Our activist, Rose, shares her favourite ways.
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/bbc-learning-launches-the-mind-set/ – The Mind Set provides information and support on how to manage exam stress. Advice comes from 12 trusted student coaches who have been through it before. They have made videos about their experiences, including about looking after their mental health, and they have also shared their stories with listeners on Radio 1’s Live Surgery.