Internal Assessment Letter

Tips and Advice and Websites for GCSE Students


There is no one way to revise as every pupil has their own learning style, however the following tips may help:

  • Ensure you fully understand what to revise. What topics do you need to understand? What does the exam specification say?
  • Manage your time. Planning to spend 4-5 hours on one topic is unrealistic. Create a suitable timetable which makes time for rest and other activities.
  • Check your understanding by practising exam style questions. Feedback from teachers is vital at this point, to see if you are on the right track.
  • Start revision early. Trying to cram a 2-year course into 6 weeks has never worked!
  • Find an appropriate environment. Some people work better alone and some work better in a group. Some people work better with music and other don’t. Find what’s best for you!
  • Set yourself revision goals. Aim to complete certain tasks every time you revise that way you will be able to monitor and track how much you have done/need to do.

Before the Examination

Again, everyone has their own personal routines, but these tips could make the difference:

  • Ensure you know the correct time, date and venue of the exam
  • Prepare resources the night before (i.e. calculator, pen, pencil etc.)
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have a good breakfast and stay hydrated
  • Don’t be put off by what others say.
  • Think positively; don’t underestimate yourself.
  • Visualise your revision material and remain calm.

During the Examination

It’s important to remain focused during an examination. If you have put in the hours preparing, then the exam is just a chance for you to showcase your talent!

  • Read the question carefully. Read it more than once and take time to think about your answer
  • Save time by not repeating the question.
  • Use the amount of marks to gauge how many points to make.
  • Understand the command words (describe, list, evaluate, explain etc.)
  • Re-read your answers and double check you have included everything.

After the examination:

Time to reflect on the exam and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What did you do well?
  • What have you learnt for the next examination?
  • What do you need to improve next time?

Coping with GCSEs

  • The work you do now in Year 11 is extremely important.
  • Work hard now and you will be better prepared. Never settle for a first draft of work. You can always improve.
  • Complete all classwork and homework! Missing work could potentially cost you marks and that grade you want to achieve.
  • At the end of the day you study for yourself and your bright and wonderful future!

Useful revision links

Subject Website
Revision Help Site  Create your revision timetable here.




Kerboodle –

BBC Science Homepage – general science news

BBC Bitesize – general revision covering KS3-4

The Naked Scientist – a podcast by Cambridge University about news in science

How Stuff Works – explanations about how stuff works

Popular Science – the magazine online

New Scientist – the magazine online

French and Spanish Spanish News Site BBC Mundo Portada –
French News Site Le Mensuel –
GCSE Revision: BBC Bite Size Spanish –
GCSE Revision: BBC Bite Size French –
BBC Languages –
Spanish Grammar and Practice: Real Spanish –
Spanish Grammar and Practice: About Spanish –
Spanish Grammar and Practice: Babel Zone –
French Grammar and Practice; Real French –
French Grammar and Practice: About French –
Spanish /French Grammar and Practice: Linguascope –
French Grammar and Practice –
French Vocabulary Practice –

Computer Science




WJEC a Fact of Life Nutrition Foundation


British Dietetic Association

Dairy Crest

Department of Health

Food Allergy Site

Food Foundation

Marks and Spencer





GCSE Examination 2020 Board Timetable

JCQ Contingency Day – Wednesday 24th June 2020

JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) have recently introduced a new Contingency Day which is now included in the dates students are required to be available for exams. Students taking examinations in 2020 need to be available up until 24th June so please do not book any holidays until after this date

Please note the following points:

If you do not have an exam in a particular period you need to attend your normal lesson. Morning Registration will be the same as a normal day. Exam sessions are as follows unless stated above:

  • For AM exams report promptly to the playground at 8.45am.
    For PM exams arrive on the playground promptly at 1.15 for start at 13.30.
  • If you are absent for any exam, you must notify Ms Powell or the office by phone (01702 440000).  You must have medical evidence to support the absence.
  • Please check seating plans, which will be displayed on the exams notice board and outside the venues.

Important Exams information for students and parents/carers – Rules and Regulations

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the following information regarding rules and regulations for exams.  These are extremely important documents that outline everything you need to know about the conduct and behaviour that is expected from you when taking your exams.

These rules are defined by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which is an organisation comprising of the seven largest providers of qualifications in the UK. They determine the guidelines that we need to follow as a school and as a student to ensure that exams are conducted in a fair and responsible way.

Please be aware that any breach of these instructions can constitute malpractice and may result in the Examination Board disqualifying the student from that particular exam. In more serious cases of malpractice, the Examination Boards reserve the right to remove a student from all existing exams that were due to be taken.

Planning a Successful Journey through Exams

  • Become familiar with the way that each exam course is taught.
  • Be clear about what is being examined and how.
  • Know when examinations are due to take place.
  • Look ahead and see how the programme being studied has been prepared.
  • Look ahead and anticipate times when work has to be complete and passed on for assessment.

When students receive a full examination timetable check the dates and add them to calendars and planners.

Links to Exam Boards for your revision

Revise and prepare for your exams by practicing on past exam papers. Past papers are a handy way for you to check the level of questions you will need to answer in an exam and hence this makes them a great revision tool.

Past papers will not help you predict the questions or topics that are likely to come up in exams but you can use them to:

  • Assess whether you have learnt the material;
  • Identify gaps in your knowledge.

To access past papers to help with your revision, please click on the exam board links below:

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Future Examinations

All future examinations will be notified to students and available on the school website.


The examinations officer will circulate the exam timetables for both external and internal examinations once these are confirmed.

Examination Absences

Any candidate who fails to turn up for an examination due to illness must contact the Examinations Office on the morning of the examination and produce a valid medical certificate.  Please also, ensure that the exams office is aware if you have attended an examination but are feeling unwell or have other circumstances that may have an effect on your performance.