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KS4 Exams and Revision

GCSE Timetable 2024

Click here to view the provisional GCSE timetable for 2024. Each student will be given a personalised version. The Spring Centre Assessments for Year 11 students will take place from 4-15 March 2024. Click here to view the assessment timetable.

Don’t Break the Chain 2024

This is an optional strategy to help students prepare for their GCSE exams. The idea is to use a printed calendar to tick off revision every day between 25 March 2024 and the final exam to keep students focused and motivated.

Click here to download the strategy templates and information.

GCSE Information Evening 2023

The videos and presentations from the information evening held in October 2023 can be viewed below.

Year 10 Information Evening

Year 11 Information Evening

Revision Guides

We recommend that students purchase their own GCSE revision guides via ParentPay (Click here for our recommended list of the most important ones). However, Forest Hill School also has access to online revision guides, which come with useful quizzes and revision planners for the following subjects:

  • Maths (Edexcel)
  • Science (AQA)
  • English Language (AQA)
  • History (Edexcel)
  • Languages (AQA)
  • Business Studies (Edexcel)

There are also revision guides for Geography, Computer Science, Drama and DT for other examination boards, which students may find helpful.

To access these revision guides, students need to click on this link and create an account using their school email address:

Parent Guides: Supporting Students at Home

Click image below to view The Parents’ Guide that provides parents with the information they need to help their teenage children make the right choices to create successful futures after GCSE and sixth form.


Public Examinations are the GCSE and A Level examinations taken by students across the country in May and June.

The five awarding bodies used by Forest Hill School for GCSE and A Level exams are:

Useful information on the exams process is available from the above websites, which will also allow you to download free copies of past exam papers.

Exam Regulations

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.

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.

Copies of the notices can be downloaded via the Joint Council for Qualifications website.

Equipment for Exams

Students must make sure they are properly equipped for every exam. They must bring two black ballpoint pens, a pencil, eraser, sharpener and a calculator. They should check with a teacher if they think they might need any specialist equipment in addition to this list, e.g. a Maths set for Maths exams (ruler, protractor, set of compasses).

GCSE Exams Advice

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

Click here for a handy guide of what to do and what NOT to do in exams. 

Exam Preparation

Useful guidance for managing exam stress can be found at Childline, Young Minds and Calm Zone

Click here to view our Public Examinations FAQs.

Centre Assessments Information

The Year 10 Summer Centre Assessments will take place from 17 June – 5 July.

The examination timetable can be viewed here.

Centre assessments are practice or ‘mock’ examinations students take in Years 10 and 11 to help them prepare for their GCSEs. They are designed to replicate the experience of public exams.

At Forest Hill School, students sit the centre assessments in July of Year 10, and December and March of Year 11. Further information and guidance about these exams are available here: Year 10 Summer Exams – Information for Parents 

KS4 Revision and Independent Study Resources

Below are a range of resources and links for students and parents/carers to assist them in preparing effectively for PPE and public examinations, including Personal Learning Checklists, which detail the content and skills students need to revise.

Seneca – a free resource developed by neuroscientists to help students revise more effectively. It explicitly covers GCSE exam board content. Read the guide on How To Use Seneca Learning.

Study Skills Booklet

Study Skills Presentation 

Exam and Revision Tips

Learning Difficult Concepts – Step by Step

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

Childline Stress Guide

Student Minds

The Who, What, When, Where, Why guide to Stress

Useful revision websites include:

Oak National Academy (KS4) – for most subjects

BBC Bitesize – for most subjects

MyMaths – for Maths

TutorBot – for online Maths games

Free Science Lessons – for short, concise explanations of topics

Bibliomania – for study guides and full texts for English

Get Revising – for creating mindmaps and revision timetables

The Student Room



Useful revision documents include:

Twelve Learning and Revision Techniques

Revision Planning Grid

Past Papers

When looking for past papers, 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.