February half term is nigh!


February half term is nigh! I trust many of our students will have a restful week however, I am acutely aware that others, specifically those in year groups facing end of course exams such as GCSEs and A levels, will be planning to revise. Academic results, one of the core raisons d'être of any school, are a very important part of a student’s academic journey. The results achieved can affect the qualifications taken next; the sixth form, college or university that can be applied to and a person’s eligibility for certain careers. For this reason, we encourage students who have recently sat pre-public exams to consider the following points (Parents – please help us to reinforce these key messages!):

1. Don't dwell
There isn't time to! Shake off your disappointment and focus on what's ahead of you. Start making changes today by ensuring you plan your half term revision carefully. Vary it and use revision guides, workbooks and past/model papers and mark schemes.

2. Don't ignore the problem
Your pre-public exams did happen and if your results aren't what you were expecting, take it as a sign that you need to change something. Review your study habits and consider how you split your time between subjects this half term. Don’t just focus on the subjects you enjoy the most and the ones you do best in. Consider the amount of time you need to put into your weaker subjects too.

3. Where did you go wrong exactly?
While a poor pre-public exam boils down to not getting enough marks, it's important to understand why this happened. Was it about poor time management, misreading the questions, not showing your calculations, not providing evidence or quotes, not using past or model exam papers and mark schemes or something else? Ask staff if you are unsure.

4. Your revision timetable
Plan, plan, plan! Your revision timetable must cover what you need to know in sufficient time for the exam and this half term is the perfect time to get started if you haven’t already. If you fail to plan you are planning to fail…

I look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday 19th February 2018

Jane Cartwright

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