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Key Week in College

Next week is a key week in the College year.

For students on BTEC programmes the normal timetable is suspended. Instead your son/daughter will be expected to attend specific workshops. The aim of these workshops is to ensure assignments are up to date and at the highest grade that they can be.

The majority of our students will be sitting “mock” examinations in their A Level/GCSE subjects. This is an opportunity for your son/daughter to experience examination conditions at the College. There are three  exam sittings in each day starting at 8:30 a.m,  11:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m.  If your son/daughter arrives late they will not be able to sit the exam at the specified time.

We know that it is a time when your son/daughter may feel under great pressure and they will need to balance their revision, potential coursework deadlines and other commitments very carefully. The college provides much support and additional activity at home is proven to help.

Some helpful tips are:

  • Make sure your son/daughter is at every examination and arrives in plenty of time.
  • Be flexible with praise and pressure – use the 80/20 rule. If your son/daughter is sticking to what they are supposed to be doing 80% of the time, they will be doing well!
  • During the pressurised exam period teenagers often take a “dramatic” approach to difficulties – "I’ve failed there is no point in doing other papers ", encourage them by helping them to see their difficulties in perspective.
  • Make time every day to talk with your son/daughter about their exams . Encourage them and let them know that the key is they do their best.  

Paul Wakeling - Principal