Exam Information

Exam Timetable 2018

Here is the first version of this year’s exam timetable. It is NOT the final version and may be subject to change, please use it as a guide only.

School Uniform During Exams

Year 11 students MUST wear full school uniform when attending school for revision classes and examinations.

Any student who comes to school not in uniform will be asked to go home and change.  He will not be allowed on school premises.

Exam Regulations

There are very strict rules about public exams which are enforced by the awarding bodies.

Students must ensure they are familiar with the exam regulations – failure to comply can lead to loss of marks or disqualification.

You can download copies of the notices via the links below.

GCSE Exams Advice

Click here for useful advice on managing the exams process from one of the awarding bodies.

For a handy guide to what to do – and what NOT to do – in exams click here.

Exams Equipment

Students must make sure they are properly equipped for every exam. 

You must bring two black ball-pens, a pencil, eraser, sharpener and any other writing or maths equipment needed to your exams.

Check with your teacher if you think you will need any specialist equipment.



Revision is an essential part of preparing for exams.  English, maths and science revision guides can be purchased from the school – students should speak to their subject teacher.

Click the links below to access these additional resources:

GCSE pod



Revision Techniques Help Sheet

FHS GCSE Guide – How To Support Your Son at Home

Study Skills

Click below for some handy guides on coping with stress around exam time.

Useful revision websites are BBC Bitesize for most subjects and MyMaths for maths.

Bibliomania has study guides and full texts for English

Create mindmaps and revision timetables at Get Revising

Other websites worth a look are The Student Room, S-cool and ReviseSmart

Twelve tried-and-tested learning and revision techniques are available on one handy page here.

Click here to download useful Exam and Revision Tips which you can download and print for your son.


Personal Learning Checklists

Click on the buttons below for downloadable PDFs

Exam Preparation – A Quick Guide for Parents

When do the exams start?  The first big exam is on May 14th.

When will exam timetables be issued?  By the end of March all students should have their exam timetables.

When should revision start?  Now! Most of the exams are the new specifications and they are content heavy. To be successful, students need to be revising now.

How much time should my son spend revising?  Students need to realise that they have to spend a significant amount of time revising. It is a case of short term pain for long term gain. For these crucial few months, less time can be spent on going out, football, playing games, etc. However, students should build in breaks and time for socialising in their revision plans.

What makes effective exam preparation?  Firstly, the better organised students are, the better they do. Do students have the right revision resources? These include the correct revision guides and other materials such as index cards, paper, sticky notes and coloured felts. Secondly, are they able to plan out which topics they will revise first? At the very least, students need to make sure that they start with the topics they find most difficult.

How should students revise?  Students need to use effective revision strategies. They have had a lot of input on different strategies and they will know what works for them. Students also need to remember that different strategies are useful for different types of material. Flip it! or Post it! are good for learning equations by heart, but Index it! or Map it! might be better for different sorts of material.

Students need to remember how important it is to re-visit topics that they have revised to make the material ‘stick’. Students should go over the topic the same day, the next day and few days later. Short bursts of between twenty to forty minutes followed by a short break, are far more effective than one long revision session.

How can parents help?  Help get your son organised, preferably with a quiet place to study. Try to ensure that your son is not being distracted by phones, laptops, etc. Make sure that your son is revising all of the subjects he is going to be examined on. Sometimes students revise favourites and then end up not doing well in subjects they should be successful in.

Advice for students Advice for parents*
Do not suffer in silence, if you feel stressed, talk to someone and do not let things build up. Talk to parents, friends or members of staff Discuss nerves. Look out for signs of stress such as irritability, poor sleeping habits, appearing depressed and negative
Try to eat healthily Make sure your son is eating well
Make sure you sleep Encourage sleep
Ask parents for help with revision if this helps. Telling someone what you do not understand about a topic is often a great way to help you   understand it Assist them in their study if this helps e.g. testing them, getting them to tell you why they do not understand something often helps to understand it
Get exercise Encourage exercise
Be aware of not wasting time Don’t add to the pressure but keep things in perspective
Do not waste time thinking about what you have not done, be organized and try to move forward Be flexible with family routines and realise that exams do not last forever
More useful guidance for managing exam stress can be found at Childline, Young Minds and Calm Zone

You can download this guide by clicking here

 Awarding Bodies

The five awarding bodies we use for GCSE and A Level exams are AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC.  You can get useful information on the exams process from their websites and all will allow you to download free copies of past exam papers.

Click on the links below for more information:

Past Papers

When looking for past papers you should be aware that the awarding bodies refer to A Level papers as GCE – do not confuse this with GCSE which are the exams students do in Year 11.

You may need to search within different GCSE date categories to find the subject you are looking for.  Every subject has a course code and each paper has a component code  –  you will find it helpful to have this code to help you identify the correct exam papers.

You can also see our Exam FAQ page by clicking here