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Posted: 18/11/2019

Walking, Talking Mock and Pre-public GCSE & A level Examinations 2019 Years 11 & 13

Walking, Talking Mock and Pre-public GCSE & A level Examinations 2019

Years 11 & 13

December 2019

Dear Parents

During this school year we will make regular use of the last week before school holidays to give Year 11 students practical examination experience in the Hall. We will vary the subjects we examine each ½ term but place emphasis on English and Mathematics. Through the school year we aim to provide students with regular examination practice across the range of subjects, going through examination papers carefully after we have sat them.

As we approach the Christmas holiday Year 11 students will sit ‘Walking Talking Mock Examinations’ (teachers give help in these) and ‘Pre-public Examinations’ (teachers do not help in these) in English Literature, Mathematics, Science, French, Geography and History.

In December Year 13 students will also sit most of their Pre-public A level Examinations in the Examination Hall. Thereafter, most Year 13 Walking Talking Mock and Pre Public Examinations for A level will take place in classrooms in the period leading up to Public Examinations.

Results from these practice examinations then inform us as to how we can best help individual students in our teaching in the period up to GCSE and A level examinations. 

In addition to these examinations and regular, timetabled classes, we will be supporting individual and small groups of students in intervention classes to ensure they achieve the best possible grades in subjects where there might be a wide disparity between their current and predicted grades.

We are also running GCSE and separate A level revision classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays after school in two sessions each evening, so students can attend revision classes in up to 6 GCSE or 3 A level subjects each week, if they move quickly between the sessions!

We will provide students with further information relating to the ‘Walking Talking Mock’ and ‘Pre-public’ GCSE examination arrangements in the coming week.

Yours sincerely


Charles Joseph

Senior Vice Principal