Year 13 PPE exams

December 2022

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to inform you that year 13 students will undertake Pre Public Examinations (mocks) week commencing the 23rd of January 2023.  My intention is to inform you of this early and prior to the Christmas holidays, as we are confident that you will appreciate it is vital for students to be well prepared and spend time ahead of these examinations revising. In addition to this some students will be sitting external vocational examinations on our return in January and the outcomes of these will go towards final grades.

All examinations in January will take place under exam conditions in the hall.  They will be conducted in a formal style, to ensure that students are familiar with the procedures for external examinations. This process is also the last opportunity to practice exam skills and technique in timed formal conditions before the external A Level and vocational examinations begin in May.

The results from these mock examinations allow staff to identify current performance and support students in achieving their best possible A Level grades. We will ensure all students leave for the Christmas holidays fully aware of the details regarding which exam papers they are sitting and how long each exam paper will be. Teaching staff have also provided students with more specific details on what they need to revise for each exam and revision techniques pertinent to their subjects. Further details on how to revise and detailed subject specific information can be located on our website.

We would very much like to thank you for your continued support as we prepare students for the demands of the coming months. We appreciate that revising for and sitting exams can be a challenging experience, especially if students are sitting them for the first time. Therefore, it is our intention to provide students with the best ways to organise their time and revision to achieve the results they deserve.  You can also find on our website details on how students can manage their anxiety and mental wellbeing during this stressful period.

Please do not hesitate to contact the sixth form team or myself if you have any concerns or queries regarding the January exam session.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Chesters

Assistant Headteacher

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Mrs K Chesters is the Assistant Headteacher at St Thomas More Catholic School.