Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Letter to Parents - Year 10 Exam Week

Dear Parent/Guardian,

In order to fully prepare our year 10 students for the rigour and challenges of year 11 we have planned an internal exam week beginning on Monday 29th June until Friday 3rd July.

Please find a copy of the Year 10 Examination Timetable here. On the whole student’s exams will be sat in their normal lesson time. For example, students who take Geography in Option 1 will sit their exam on Monday morning when they would usually have Geography, and therefore won’t be sitting the Tuesday and Thursday exams as these will be for other option groups. If in doubt please ask your class teacher for guidance on when your exam is.

The internal examinations are a crucial part of Year 10 students’ preparation for their final GCSE examinations and should be approached with a similar degree of seriousness and effort. In a sense they are a “dress rehearsal” for the real thing, but additionally, they are part of the learning process required to ensure that students achieve to their potential next year. The process of revision and mock testing helps students to improve their knowledge and skills and this can be built upon even further in year 11. Conversely, failure to revise properly for mocks is bound to have a long-term detrimental effect on performance in the final exams. All exams will be held in our exam venues and will be overseen by exam invigilators. Students are responsible for bringing the correct equipment for exams and are advised to check what they need in advance with their subject teachers.

Students should approach these examinations with a determination to do their best and, therefore, prepare thoroughly. Each student’s examination result will indicate overall attainment and illustrate how well a student is achieving compared to the targets set at the start of Key Stage 4. During the next few weeks students would be well advised to do some revision towards these examinations and therefore to act upon the advice and guidance given to them by their subject teachers in recent lessons, and the revision guide that was issued to every student at the start of key stage 4.

Please support us in ensuring your child is fully prepared for these exams. As always, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the Academy number or email myk.wagstaff@ormistonsandwell.org.uk

Many thanks for your continued support,

Yours faithfully
Mr Myk Wagstaff
Assistant Principal