GUIDES

We have put together some guides for students and parents, which we hope will find useful and informative. If you have questions please feel free to get in touch. Thank you.

A guide to GCSE options

GCSEs stand for General Certificate of Secondary Education and represent the culmination of formal education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Traditionally, children begin GCSE preparation in Year 10 and complete examinations at the end of Year 11. On average, students take between 6 and 9 GCSEs.

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Choosing your child's Secondary School

The amount of choice of secondary school you will enjoy is somewhat limited. It depends where you live and the nature of the schools in your local area. If many of the schools are over-subscribed in your area, then it is likely that your child will be allocated to the school dictated by your postcode. 

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Teenagers and exam pressures

We all deal with stress at some point in our lives, but not all stress is bad stress. Stress in moderation can make you more aware of your surroundings, and help keep you focussed and enable you do get more work completed. There is no dispute that all exams are stressful. It does not matter if it is a practical exam, like a driving test or a written exam, it is going to be a stressful time.

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The new GCSE grading system

In September 2015 new Year 10 students in English and Maths started work on the new system of GCSEs. This moved from grading students from A*- G to 9 – 1. The first set of results were released for English and Maths in August 2017. Teachers and schools were aware of this change in 2013 and so moved to the new system with limited impact on the students.