Examinations and Revision

Update to Examinations for Summer 2021

As you may have seen, the Department for Education (DfE) announced on Monday 12 October that GCSE and A-level exams will go ahead next summer.  Students and teachers will be given more time to prepare for them, to help make up for the disruption caused by the pandemic. 

Most exams will take place three weeks later than usual. The summer exam series will start on 7 June 2021 and end on 2 July for almost all A-levels and GCSEs.

However, one GCSE English and one GCSE maths paper will be scheduled before the summer half term, to give students affected by Covid the best chance of being able to sit at least one paper in these two qualifications. Some exams for A-level qualifications which typically have low entry numbers will be scheduled before the half term break too.  Once the exam boards have published their timetables we will make them available for you to view.

There will also be adjustments to the timetable for Vocational Qualifications.

Results days will be a little later than usual - on Tuesday 24 August for A-levels, and Friday 27 August for GCSEs.

Mock Examinations

Year 11 mock examinations will take place during the week beginning 9th November 2020 and the timetable for the week can be found here.

Some useful information on the procedure for sitting formal exams has been issued to Year 11’s and this is the link to the document.

Public Examinations

There are a number of important regulation documents that all examination students should be aware of. These set out the rules that have to be followed. If you do not follow the regulations then you could be at risk of disqualification. Please see the links below to the documents that you should read:

Written Examination regulations:

Coursework and non-examined assessment (NEA) regulations:

Please also read this Privacy Notice which explains how the exam boards use and store your information.

If you have any questions regarding examinations please don’t hesitate to contact the exams office at: exams@highfield.herts.sch.uk


Revision 

Please find below some PowerPoint slides and videos which feature techniques you can use including: the use of flash cards, post-its, graphic organisers etc. 

Please click to download these  PowerPoint slides – then SAVE AS to your own computer otherwise the images will not show.

How to Revise

Some people revise by doing past papers, or revision cards, or mind mapping – you need to do what’s right for you! Just ensure you make time to revise but give yourself 5 minute breaks every half hour to process information.