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KS3 Exams and Revision
KS4 Exams and Revision
A Level Results
KS4 Exams and Revision
GCSE Timetable 2023
Click here to view the full timetable. Each student will be given a personalised version.
Click here to view the key revision guides and resources that we suggest purchasing for each subject at GCSE. There are many more options on the ParentPay site but these are the most important revision guides.
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:
- AQA www.aqa.org.uk
- CI E www.cie.org.uk
- Edexcel www.edexcel.com
- OCR www.ocr.org.uk
- WJEC www.wjec.co.uk
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.
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.
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
Centre assessments are practice or ‘mock’ examinations which 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.
Learning Difficult Concepts – Step by Step
Click below for some handy guides to coping with stress around exam time.
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
Useful revision documents include:
Twelve Learning and Revision Techniques
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.
Personal Learning Checklists
Click on the links below for downloadable PDFs