As the half-term break draws nearer, you are reminded that we will be sitting examinations in the first week back. Mr Vincent, our Director of Studies, has emailed links to the boy’s Office 365 email accounts – see below.

It is important that all relevant books and files should accompany your son home next week for the purposes of revision for this examination. We do hope that he will knuckle down to some solid revision if he hasn’t already done so. He would also be well advised to see his subject teacher if he is missing any notes.

A few useful hints in preparation for these examinations:

Being well prepared for your exams is the best way to overcome stress and anxiety, and gives you the best chance of getting good grades.

Make a realistic revision schedule. Work out how much you have to do and the time you have to do it in, then break it down into manageable chunks. Aim to do a few hours of revision each day, and mix up your subjects so you do not get bored.

Find a revision style that suits you. Studying alone in a quiet room suits some people, but not everyone likes working in silence. Try playing music quietly in the background, or revising with a friend (but do not let them distract you!).

Customise your notes to make them more personal. Experiment with colour coding, notes on postcards, diagrams or whatever helps you learn your topic.

Make sure you understand everything. If you come across something you do not understand, try to find a new source of information that will help you understand it. Just memorising it will not help you in your exam. Do not be afraid to ask your teacher or a friend for help if you need it.

Look at past exam papers. It means you can familiarise yourself with the layout and type of questions you’ll be asked. Practise completing exam papers in the set time limit to improve your exam technique.

Take regular short breaks. Studying for hours and hours will only make you tired and ruin your concentration, which may make you even more anxious. A break every 45 to 60 minutes is about right.

Reward yourself. For example, you could take a long bath or watch a good movie once you have finished your revision session.

Do something physical.  When you’re not revising, use your spare time to get away from your books and do something active. Exercise is good for taking your mind off stress and keeping you positive, and it will help you sleep better.

Ask for help. If you’re feeling stressed, it’s important to talk to someone you trust, such as a family member, teacher or a friend. Lots of people find exams difficult to deal with, so do not be embarrassed to ask for support.

How to handle exam days: –

Be prepared. Start the day with a good breakfast, and give yourself plenty of time to get to the exam hall. Remember to take everything you need, including pencils, pens and a ruler. A bottle of water and some tissues are also useful.

Take a few minutes to read the instructions and questions. Then you’ll know exactly what’s expected of you. Ask an exam supervisor if anything is unclear – they’re there to help you.

Plan how much time you’ll need for each question. Do not panic if you get stuck on a question, but try to leave yourself enough time at the end to come back to it.

Once the exam is finished, forget about it. Do not spend too much time going over it in your head or comparing answers with your friends. Just focus on the next exam instead.

Boys should utilise some of the hints that will be passed ion during the Elevate sessions next Thursday.

 Here are a few notices that you should be aware of for the next few days and weeks. 

Revision Lists
There will be November Examinations for Years 7 and 8, commencing Tuesday, 7 November 2023. Please find the revision material for all examined subjects using the following link:  Revision Lists Autumn Term. The link has also been sent to the boy’s Office 365 email accounts.

The examination timetable can be found here:  Examination Timetable Year 7 and 8 Autumn 2023.docx


Head’s Art Competition – Last Call
Calling all budding artists, the inaugural Head’s Art Competition is running until the end of half term giving plenty of time to pick up the pencils/paintbrushes/oils or crayons! The entry should be A4 size but can be portrait or landscape and the theme for this term is ‘New Beginnings’. The winning entries will be exhibited in Mrs Brownsdon’s Study.


Reflective Armbands
Your son will soon be issued with a set of yellow reflective armbands. These are to be worn on his blazer/overcoat.

£2.50 will be billed to your account. Should you, however, not want these armbands because your son still has his from last year, please email your son’s form teacher.

Once your son has received his armbands, he must print his name and form on them.


After School Care Mobile Phone
If you are delayed in picking up your son, please phone the school office on 01732 452 131 before 5pm, or the Wraparound Care mobile number (07879 427740) after 5.00pm, when the school office closes.


Elevate Study Skills for Years 7 and 8
Elevate will be in school next week for some study skills sessions with Years 7 and 8.

They will also be hosting their next parent webinar on exam preparation on Thursday, 17 October.

Elevate works with our students, delivering high-impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series, you’ll learn how you can help support your children at home by reinforcing the skills they’re learning at school. 

Sign up for the session below to learn how you can help your child to get ready for their assessments and walk into the exam hall feeling confident and prepared.

How You Can Help Your Child Prepare for Exams

Tuesday, 17 October 6:00-7:00pm (GMT)

Click this link below to register for free

Here’s what Elevate will be covering on the night:

✅ Prioritise your child’s high-impact work to maximise marks

✅ Improve your child’s time management to avoid last-minute preparation

✅ Help your child study effectively using past papers

Have a pleasant weekend. What an exciting weekend lying ahead for die-hard rugby fans as the tournament reaches the knockout stages. Enjoy!

Eddie Knipe
Head of Senior School