13 November 2020

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Dear Year 11 Parent/Carer, 

Arrangements for Year 11 Mock Exams 2020 

I am writing to update you on our arrangements for Year 11 mock exams; please see the attached finalised timetable. As I stated in my letter last week, Year 11 students have come back with a fantastic attitude and it bodes well for their approach to these assessments.  

You will be aware that the viability of 2021 exams for school leavers in Year 11 and Year 13 continues to be a source of current debate and you will also know that the exam season did not run last summer, with students awarded centre assessed grades (CAGs) in their place.  Wales and Scotland have both announced that their Year 11 students will not be sitting exams next summer. Despite the fact there is still speculation that the government will announce changes next term, the DfE have continued to hold the line that exams will go ahead in schools in England, with the caveat that they will start 3 weeks later than normal. Looking forward, please note that they have also changed the date for GCSE results day; it is now much later than usual on Friday 27th August 2021. 

We want to ensure that the mock exams that Year 11 students sit at the end of this month are robust assessments, carried out properly and fairly in real exam conditions. We are also mindful of the possibility that if we end up in a similar situation to the 2019-20 cohort, who were awarded CAGs, that these mock exams will help staff and students to have a very clear picture of likely outcomes next summer. For those reasons, we are proposing to adapt our usual mock exam processes this year as follows: 

  • Year 11 students will be granted exam leave (as they would in the summer) from 23-27th November, which is the first week of the mock exam timetable. This means that they will only come into school to sit their exams and will work/revise from home in between (unless you have stated that you would like access to alternative arrangements for your child). The first week of exams is very full, which would mean considerable disruption to the usual timetable anyway. We would also like to give students the opportunity to feel fully prepared as they walk into each exam, minimising any stress. We would expect students back in school as normal the following week, from Monday 30th November, where there are fewer exams running. 

  • Keep Up sessions and Action Tutoring will therefore not run from 23-27th November (but will resume on Monday 30th November) 

  • Mock results will be reported to parents before the end of term (mid-December). 

Day 

Date 

 

Morning (AM) 

 

Afternoon (PM) 

 

Fri 

 

20/11/20 

 

Please note: school is closed on Friday 20th November. Year 11 students should use this as a revision/home study preparation day. 

 

Mon 

 

23/11/20 

 

 

 

Eng Lang Paper 2: 9.10am – 10.55am (11.30am ET*) 

  

*ET = Extra Time for candidates with special exam arrangements 

Maths Paper 1: 1.45pm – 3.15pm (3.37pm ET) 

 

Tue 

 

24/11/20 

 

Block D 

Music: 9.10am – 10.55am  

Business: 9.10am – 10.55am 

Business & Enterprise: 9.10am – 10.40am (11.03am ET) 

Geography: 9.10am – 10.40am (11.03am ET) 

DT: 9.10am – 10.10am 

Photography: 9.00-10.00am 

 

Biology Triple: 11.35am – 1.20pm 

Biology Comb: 11.35am – 12.50pm (1.13pm ET) 

  

 

 Students to revise/work from home 

 

Wed 

 

25/11/20 

 

Block B 

Drama: 9.10am – 10.55am 

Hospitality & Catering 9.10am – 10.40am 

History: 9.10am – 10.25am (10.44am ET) 

PE: 9.10am – 10.10am 

 

Block C 

Geography: 11.40am – 1.10pm (1.35pm ET) 

French Writing H: 11.40am – 12.55pm 

Spanish Writing H: 11.40am – 12.55pm 

French Writing F: 11.40am – 12.40pm 

Spanish Writing F: 11.40am – 12.40pm 

History: 11.40am – 12.55pm 

Computer Sci: 11.40am – 12.40am (12.55pm ET) 

 

  

Students to revise/work from home 

 

 

Thu 

 

26/11/20 

 

Eng Lit 9.10am – 10.55am (11.25am ET) 

  

 

Chemistry Triple: 1.45pm -3.30pm 

Chemistry Comb.: 1.45pm – 3.00pm (3.19pm ET) 

 

 

Fri 

 

27/11/20 

 

Physics Triple: 9.10am – 10.55am 

Physics Comb: 9.10am – 10.25am (10.45am ET) 

  

 

Block A 

Construction: 1.45pm – 2.45pm (3.00pm ET)  

Religious St: 1.45pm – 3.30pm 

Hospitality & Catering: 1.45pm – 3.15pm (3.38pm ET) 

Creative iMedia: 1.45pm – 3.00pm (3.19pm ET) 

Photography: 1.45-3.00pm 

 

 

Mon 

 

30/11/20 

  

Block C 

Spanish H Listening & Reading: 11.25am – 1.10pm (6) DS11 

Spanish F Listening & Reading: 11.25am – 12.45pm (12) Main Hall 

 

 

Block A 

Photography:1.45-3.00pm 

 

Tue 

 

1/12/20 

 

Block C 

French H Listening & Reading: 9.10am – 10.55am  

French F Listening & Reading: 9.10am – 10.30am  

Block D 

Photography: 11.15-12.15 

 

Art 9am-2pm 

 

  

 

Wed 

 

2/12/20 

 

Block D 

Photography: 9.00-10.00am 

 

  

  

 

If you have any questions about the timetable above, please get in touch with your child’s tutor or Year Leader. 

We have prepared a short survey at the link below which enables you to provide some feedback. It should only take a few minutes to complete; we would really appreciate your comments: 

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Yours faithfully, 

 

Kelly Holbrook                                      Alex Maughan 

Headteacher                                         Year Leader for Year 11