The GCSE exams have started and I am writing to remind you of some key dates and ask for your continued support during this important time.
GCSE Examination Leave 2018
Monday 14 May - Friday 25 May your daughter will continue to attend school as normal attending timetabled lessons to do exam preparation and revision with her subject teachers in addition to taking her GCSE exams. This enables the school to continue to provide your daughter with the support she needs to go into each examination fully prepared.
Friday 25 May following the GCSE English Literature Paper 2 examination your daughter will attend a Year Team Assembly. This is an opportunity to celebrate your daughter’s time at the school and wish her well for the future. Following this, students will be dismissed at the earlier time of 1.00pm to make their own way home. Students taking GCSE Textiles and GCSE Sociology will remain in school to sit their examinations at 2.00pm.
Monday 28 May - Friday 1 June is half-term and a great opportunity for your daughter to continue her examination preparation at home. The school will also be running some revision workshops during the holiday for some subjects. You will receive separate letters about these in due course.
From Monday 4 June - Year 11 will begin Examination Leave. This means your daughter will only be required to attend school for the relevant examinations. We would encourage you to check your daughter's GCSE timetable to ensure she is here and on time for each examination. If your daughter has two exams on the same day she will be required to remain in school for the whole day. During Examination Leave we will be providing a supervised study area in school for Year 11 girls to revise and prepare for examinations if they wish. Your daughter is invited to continue her timetabled lessons for specific GCSE subjects until the final examination. Your daughter’s subject teacher will provide more details about this.
GCSE Examinations and Ramadan and Eid Al-fitr
Grades attained at GCSE are critical to further education and career prospects of all young people. This year the GCSE examinations coincide with Ramadan and Science GCSE examinations are timetabled for the morning of Friday 15 June which is predicted to be Eid Al-Fitr. I am fully aware that families will decide for themselves, in line with their mosque, how they and their children will observe Ramadan and it is certainly not the school's responsibility to interfere with those decisions.
However, it is important that I make you aware of the realities of the external examination system and the demands it places on young people. The external examinations timetable is determined by the national examination boards and not by the school. Sarah Bonnell School is not allowed to change the date or time of any exam. If any student fails to turn up to an examination, she will not be able to sit it later on that day or any other day during the 2018 summer external examination season. This applies to all GCSE and BTEC examinations. The grade for failing to attend an examination or for a missing paper is an X which would prevent your daughter from moving on to Sixth Form, college or apprenticeship.
If your daughter is fasting during this examination period please ensure that she is well prepared, understands the likely effects on her body during fasting and that she manages these challenges well by:
- eating well, with a balanced meal when breaking the fast and drinking plenty of re-hydrating fluids
- managing her sleep effectively
- getting plenty of rest between examinations
- avoiding over-exertion during the day, especially if the weather is particularly warm
- organising revision and exam preparation to fit around prayers and other Ramadan specific practices
Sarah Bonnell is very proud of the way all our Year 11 girls have approached the examinations so far and would like to thank you for your continued support of the school.
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