Year 9 and 10 Pre Public Exams June 2018
I am writing to inform you of the arrangements for the examinations that are scheduled for next week. These examinations are designed to support students in preparing for success in external examinations at the end of Y11, so it is very important that they are taken seriously.
Exams may have changed since we as adults sat ours so it’s important you know and can explain to your child what is expected of them and why
Why do the students participate in written exams?
The staff use the examination experience to give students an insight as to how the final examinations in Year 11 will work. Practice in the same conditions and timeframe has been shown to ease students concerns and demonstrate what they might be capable of. The results of the exams are used to match against staff predictions for the result your child is capable of. Normally we use a combination of internal assessments, bookwork, contribution in class and attitude to learning to determine a predicted grade. These are shared with you at parent’s evenings and through the 3 data drops, we provide. In the terminal exam process, this prediction is tested. Finally, the exam papers are reviewed by staff to gauge how well students have understood a topic and what gaps might remain to be retaught or further explained. This supports classwork and teachers planning.
Modelling the real process and expectations for students
We expect every student to be in full school uniform (trainers are not permitted in the examination rooms)
Your child needs to have a clear pencil case with the correct equipment for all exams, including:
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Key points to cover with your child.
- Students are allowed to take in a water bottle providing it has the label removed and there is no writing or logo on it. (This complies with JCQ rules)
- All students will be expected to line up outside the sports hall 10 minutes before the exam starts. (there is a system of lates but students in school have no reason to not be punctual)
- All students will write in *black pen as this is now an exam requirement for all written papers (and it would be sensible to have several spare pens).
- All mobile phones must be handed in before the exam and collected after the exam. This aspect may be tested using a wand device and students blatantly not following the rules will be sanctioned. In the real GCSEs, this will result in the paper being voided and a recharge fee made to the parents.
- Students suffering from hay fever may have an opened pack of tissues in a clear plastic bag to be shown to the invigilator and kept next to their desk
- During these exams, the school will be using external invigilators as we would during the real GCSEs. This is a cost to the school and the invigilators are the trained staff we use for our A ‘Level and GCSE cohorts. The invigilating staff expect the conduct of students to be exemplary and follow respect and pride, the use of any inappropriate language will be sanctioned.
- The regulations and our expectations are made very clear to the students at the start of every exam. Communication or disruption in public examinations results in disqualification for that paper and potentially for all exams sat during the same exam season. We take any student behaviour that infringes exam guidelines very seriously as we know if they are allowed to get away with it then they risk being sanctioned by having their papers voided in the real exam.
- Rude comments or inappropriate written responses may lead to sanction as this type of behaviour can lead to a student’s paper being voided by the exam board.
All students have been spoken to about our expectations of their behaviour during these exams and I hope that they will demonstrate a high level of maturity and understand how serious this is. If any student fails to engage during a written exam, for example not showing expected effort, they will be required to re-sit the exam paper that Friday during a 90 minute Head teacher’s detention. If this is the case I will express my concern that the student has not been completing the required revision and home study expected of them so please do monitor really closely what preparation they are doing outside of class.
I would like to thank you for your support with your child’s exams and Mr Puttick and I wish your child the best of luck. I am expecting that the results should show a real picture of your child’s capabilities as they have participated well and taken their revision seriously. Should you have any questions, Mr Puttick as their HOY and Destiny lead has requested that you contact him on 01344 390882.
The system is now live for parents of year 7 students to make appointments for Parents Evening.
If your child has a teacher for more than one subject, please only make one appointment with that teacher who will cover both subjects.
If you are unable to make appointments please contact Mrs Woodgate who will be able to make them on your behalf 01344 390837
In just over a week’s time, the summer exams start for GCSEs, AS and A levels. Over a million students will sit thousands of different exams in schools and colleges around the country. Around 60,000 examiners and moderators will then mark and moderate the work and approximately 8 million results will be issued in August. There are also exams in Applied Generals, Tech Levels and many other qualifications. And national assessments are also taking place in primary schools.
There are many thousands of individuals making sure the summer is as successful as it can be. Students (and their parents), teachers, exams officers, invigilators to name but a few. Each and everyone plays their part in making sure the summer runs smoothly. Many of the issues that we deal with are caused by minor mistakes or slips, but they can have far-reaching consequences for the students that are affected.
Did you know that it’s malpractice just to take your phone (or any smart device) into the exam room? Even if it’s switched off and in your pocket, it’s against the rules and you could be disqualified. The exams officer or invigilator will tell you where to put your phone – please make sure you follow their instructions.
It might seem funny at the time, but did you also realise that writing swear words or rude comments in your answer booklet could mean you get no marks for that paper? Last year over 300 students gave themselves a much lower grade by doing this.
Parents can we ask you to make sure your child fully understands the rules laid out by exam boards and follows them to the letter.
We are very honored to be hosting the Samaritans Bracknell 10k and 5K Charity runs. This event proved to be a massive success last year, and took place in glorious June sunshine with the school being brilliantly represented by students, staff and parents.
We see it as a great privilege to continue to work and partner with the Samaritans, and the great support they give to our community. Please join us in signing up for one of the runs on June 30th to help raise funds and awareness.
To commemorate the 100 years of the Royal Air Force, a promotional video has been filmed this week in the school, with additional collaboration from Fujitsu employees. 35 students along with a film crew spent Tuesday evening filming scenes which promote students getting involved in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It was an incredible opportunity for us to work with these partners in a short film that will be shared nationally. Our students were impeccable and patient in ensuring the filming was of the highest quality. We look forward to sharing the video with you as soon as it is edited and ready.
We would like to apologise to residents, staff, students, parents and lettings attendees who were impacted by the appearance of youths on the public footpath adjacent to the school site and buildings. Your queries and best wishes to our site team and the member of staff who was challenged by the group are warmly welcomed. These youths have visited our site and the area on a number of occasions before and have been challenged by adults to move on. Each time they have been unpleasant and we have informed the police. If we have identified them this information has been part of the reporting process. As EPCS’s Headteacher, I have also spoken to the Headteachers of the schools they attend and made them aware of their student’s actions. Many of these youths are on alternative provision packages which involve attendance at a number of venues on different days and times which is why on occasion they appear to be able to travel to our area from 3 o’clock onwards.
We have also reported to BFC our concerns that a secondary school has an open access footpath adjacent to our site which means my powers to move them along are limited.The same dialogue has also taken place with our local police officers and our proactive Councillor Mrs Temperton who are fully aware of our frustrations.The safeguarding and well being of all in our community is sacrosanct to us all and I would encourage you all to make police aware if you see any action being taken by this group which you consider to be antisocial. We sincerely hope that the actions of youths not attending EPCS means that long-held relationships with lettings and parents who are happy with the educational provision provided at EPCS are allowed to impact on the school unfairly. I also hope our local paper doesn’t choose to make this incident about EP; rather than what it is about; a small number of Youths behaving in an antisocial way at a number of locations including Mill Pond and the Point. At some point, our local press should become aware of all that we do that is good.Let’s hope!
As a community, we must hold fast to the belief that this type of behaviour is not aligned with our shared vision for positive and respectful behaviour and value for one another. We must make sure our children are aware of our desire and expectation that they keep away from the behaviour of this type and make positive choices.
Our influence as parents is great and I hope that the police are able to hold the youths accountable for their actions and ban them from being in our locality through the use of their powers to restrict gatherings. The youths appearance in hoods is in my view a poor attempt to intimidate their community and gain a wholly false reputation for themselves as youths to be reckoned with. The reality is very different and I feel sorry for them that they believe this is the only way they can feel some kind of positive affirmation.
The majority of the teenagers that I work with here at EPCS see their success and positivity coming from hard work, being kind to others and participating positively towards making our school and its community successful. Frankly, this type of behaviour is not welcomed by anyone!
If you believe you have any further information connected to this incident or linked to the youths whose names I am aware are circulating on social media we would encourage you to report it to the police direct. We have already been contacted by the police for our CCTV footage but dashcam footage or personal home CCTV would assist them. My site team member is at home currently and taking some time out to recover from the shock we like you wish him well.
Regards Liz Cook Headteacher and Rene Rastall Chair of Governors
Year 9 Progress reports 2 will be available on SLG from 9:00 am on Friday 20 April.
Reports are also being sent to Parents/Carers with a registered email address.
If we do not have your current email address, please ensure we have this as soon as possible so that you are kept up to date with your child’s progress.
June Goodchild Examinations & Curriculum Manager