Exams 2023/24
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Exam Timetable 2023/24

Results day 2024

Thursday 22nd August 

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Exams are a stressful but very important time. We are really proud of the support we put in place to enable all our students to be successful in their exams and we are proud of the efforts our young people make every single year.

“Failing to plan is planning to fail”

Allen Lakein

In simple terms students need to:

  • Plan their time and make a clear revision timetable
  • Identify a suitable place to work and revise – this might be at home or it might be in school
  • Identify areas of focus for revision and ensure they are clear on exactly what they need to know
  • Plan how they will revise and the strategies that work best for them
  • Make sure they build time for rest into their exam planners and revision timetable

Revision Planning

Our ‘Steps to Revision’ set out the key processes you need to go through to successfully plan and implement your revision schedule. Throughout Year 10 and Year 11, you will do work on each of the steps here to ensure you are confident with structuring and planning your revision time.


Planning time

Useful advice includes:

  • When creating a revision timetable the key is to be honest and realistic. Build in time to rest, in addition to mapping out the time that will be spent on subject content.
  • Start early. Revision is reinforcing existing knowledge, not learning anything new.
  • Plan from your exams and work backwards, build in birthdays etc. Be realistic.
  • Somewhere to work – ensure that you have a quiet, calm place to work. 
  • Everyone needs a flat surface. Beds just do not work!
  • Good lighting. You need to be able to see!
  • Start early- all homework needs to be completed in these conditions. Get into best routines.

Plan how you will learn

Key to remembering is returning to information regularly. This ‘little and often’ approach has been proven to be the most effective way to retain content over the long term.

  • 66% material is forgotten after 7 days
  • 88% material is forgotten after 6 weeks
  • Reading notes and text books leads to a mere 10% retention

Each time knowledge is reinforced; it enters deeper into the long-term memory and becomes more stable.

Research shows:

  • It is not enough to simply read through notes.
  • It is not enough to highlight texts and revision notes.
  • Writing summaries of information is pretty much pointless, unless you do this in a way that makes you think!
  • Copying out information is not usually an effective revision technique
  • Students often resort to these methods for two reasons:
    1. They are easy! They don’t require much brain power. This is why they don’t work well to improve memory.
    2. They make students feel like they are doing a lot of work, when in actual fact they are not.
  • Instead, focus your revision on techniques that really make you think about what you are trying to learn

Some effective techniques:

  • When making mind maps or revision clocks, do these first without notes, then add details you missed using your notes, in a different colour. This works because you are forcing yourself to think hard and retrieve information from your memory – not just copy it out!
  • Flash cards – these are a great technique for learning key facts. Make flashcards of key information (not too much, about 5-6 bullet points) and put questions on the back. You can then use these to test yourself, or get someone to test you.
  • Ask for practice exams from teachers. You can also often find practice exams online too – you just need to make sure they are for the right exam specification
  • Teaching someone else – try to challenge yourself to teach give key points to your parents after each 20 minutes of revision you do

Useful websites and links