Letter to Sixth Form Parents

Dear Parents

End of Term Arrangements, January Pre-Public Exams and Study Leave

As 2015 draws to a close, I am writing to advise you of the exam calendar this January.

You will be aware that the Government has removed all public January modular exams. There is a strong feeling that this leaves students, particularly those applying to university, at a distinct disadvantage compared to previous years, as there is no formal mid year indication of likely outcomes for the following summer.

Internal pre-public exams will, therefore, take place during the week beginning Monday 18 January. No Sixth Form lessons will run for the duration of this week and students need only come to school if they have a timetabled exam. Staff will, however, be available during timetabled lesson sessions should students require any help with their revision. Students have been issued with their exam timetable which is also available via Insight. All students should attend the exam which links to their personal option block for that subject. Students should not just turn up for an exam because it is more convenient for them to do it on that day.

For a very small number of students, we feel that taking exam study leave would not be beneficial and we will ask that they are in school to engage in supervised study when they don’t have exams. If your son or daughter falls into that category, we will contact you by e-mail directly.

We are instructing students to take these exams seriously. For Year 13 students, it is the best indication of how they are going to perform in the summer and will inform university firm and insurance choices. For Year 12 students, we will be looking at results carefully to ensure that all students achieve their full potential in the AS exams later this year. Where a student is deemed to underperform, our intervention strategies will be put into place to support them. Previously, we have found that students who have taken the January mock exams seriously are those who have achieved the best results in the summer. A very small minority of students have, in the past, assumed that these exams are of ‘no importance’. They are very much mistaken and I would urge you to encourage your son / daughter to undertake a thorough programme of revision over the Christmas holidays in order to give them the very best chance of achieving their potential.

A number of you have been in touch regarding Study Leave for students during the summer exam season. For Year 12s, we are provisionally proposing that they will commence Study Leave on Monday 16 May, returning to school on Monday 13 June. Please note that A Level lessons will be taught in earnest during the summer term; students should not be taking time out of school to go on holiday.

For Year 13s, their last day in school will be Thursday 26 May, finishing at lunch time.

Today sees the end of this term. Lessons finish at the end of Period 5 and will be followed by our Christmas Jumper Parade in the Study Centre for both year groups. We will be dismissing Sixth Form students at 15.00 in recognition of their increased maturity, with the aim that they are off site by 15.05pm. School resumes for students at the normal time on Tuesday, 5 January 2016.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas, whatever you may be doing, and look forward to continuing to work with everyone in the New Year.
Yours faithfully


Sue Haines
Head of Sixth Form