Year 11 Notices

Dear Parents/Carers,

Expectations for Examinations

As a reminder of the expectations during examinations, pupils will attend school for registration or a scheduled revision session each morning at the normal time and will then be escorted to the examination venue. Pupils will store all of their belongings before heading into the venue. Morning examinations will start promptly at 9am and afternoon examinations will start promptly at 1pm. Students should continue to attend normal lessons or scheduled revision sessions when examinations are not taking place.

In terms of equipment, all students are required to bring the following in a clear pencil case for all exams:

  • Black pen, HB pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener, highlighter
  • Calculator (without lids)
  • Maths set (protractor, compass, etc.)

Students may also bring a bottle of water, in a clear bottle with no label.

All students must follow the JCQ exam regulations, you can find further information about the rules here. We have promoted this in school but please remind your child of these expectations to ensure they understand what is expected of them.

We would like to point out the following regulations specifically:

  • Mobile phones, iPads, iPod/MP3 players, headphones/airpods, wrist watches or other data or communication devices are strictly prohibited in any exam room.
  • There must be no communication once pupils have entered the exam room – if assistance is required then students must raise their hand and wait for a member of staff to assist.
  • Students are required to stay in the exam room for the entire examination until dismissed by a member of staff.

If you have any questions about examinations then please don’t hesitate to contact the exams team on

Half Term Revision Opportunities

We are pleased to be able to offer half term revision sessions in English, Maths, History, Geography, Art and Textiles over the next break. The schedule and contact details for the relevant subject leaders can be found below:

Due to the nature of opening the site outside of conventional academy teaching days, pupils will access the site via the footpath next to the car park entrance and alongside the restaurant (the service road). They must head straight to the building and room allocated for their session and leave the site via the same route immediately after the session.

There is no expectation for pupils to wear school uniform for these sessions and they should bring light refreshments as there will be no catering facilities available during these times. Please note, expectations with regard to their behaviour and conduct will remain the same as the usual high standards.

Arrangements for Shirt Signing: Friday 26 May 2023

To avoid any disruption to planned examinations taking place after the half term break, we have made the decision to provide a traditional ‘shirt signing’ opportunity for year 11 pupils on Friday 26 May. Pupils will attend morning registration and lessons as normal before being directed towards the Ashdown playground during period 3. Students will then be dismissed from site at approximately 12.15pm and expected to make their way home. If your child receives free school meals they can purchase their meal at break time as they will not be on site for lunch.

Please note that all students will have their belongings searched upon entry to the academy on Friday morning. This is to ensure the safety and security of all students as we want this to be an enjoyable experience for all. We will still maintain our high expectations with regards to standards and reserve the right to sanction pupils should their behaviour fall short of these. This includes being in possession of prohibited items or items which may cause damage to property, behaving in a way which may cause disruption to academy life, writing or displaying offensive or discriminatory messages and any behaviour which may bring the academy into disrepute, including when pupils leave the academy premises.

Please ensure that your child has a clean shirt or blouse available to wear for the rest of the exam season. Uniforms can be decorated for this day but it is essential that students have spare clothing to wear for their remaining exams. In line with JCQ regulations, any student with writing on their body or clothing will not be permitted to sit an examination.

After half term, we expect all students to attend normal lessons and scheduled revision sessions as normal until their exams are complete.

Class of 2023 Prom Photography

We are pleased to inform you that we will have a professional photographer at our Year 11 prom this year. It will be wonderful to capture so many special moments on what is set to be a fantastic night!

The photographer will arrive in time to take some snaps of students arriving and will then stay for two hours to take some photos of students inside the venue.

Please note that if your child does not have consent to be photographed it is their responsibility to ensure they are aware of this and do not put themselves in a position where they are in a photograph.

After the event, photographs will be uploaded onto a site where they will be available to purchase. This site will be password protected to ensure only parents and carers have access. Photographs will be available to view and purchase within 48 hours after the prom.

Chromebook Collection

On the day of your child’s last exam, please ensure they bring in their Chromebook and charger to be returned to their small school reception who will take a note of this device being returned.

If your child’s device has been given in for repairs, please bring in the charger and replacement device provided. If the charger has been lost, please ensure a replacement has been provided. Any queries regarding this should be directed to Ms Kalote (

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mr S Smith
Assistant Principal

Ms L Marsh
Assistant Principal