Please do take note, as these arrangements are different from those of previous years:
1st – 10th May Some practical exams begin
11th May Celebration Day
14th May Exam season part 1: First large exam (whole year group) – Year 11 Independent Study Leave begins: Lessons will continue to run: all students welcome to attend; specific students invited to attend
28th May - 1st June HALF TERM
4th June onwards - Exam season part 2: Curriculum support continues to be available for all students; specific students invited to attend
29th June Leavers’ Ball
23rd August Final Results Day (further arrangements information to follow)
Examinations Preparation Arrangements
As you can see, the first fortnight of the main exam season begins after Celebration Day, on Monday May 14th, and runs until the end of half term. From May 14th onwards it is our expectation that all Year 11 students begin Independent Study Leave. This means they are not required to be in school, unless of course they are taking an examination. However, as always, the wellbeing of all of our Year 11 students is a top priority and we are aware that many students will wish to stay in school to study. We absolutely support this: teachers will be in classrooms adhering to the current Year 11 timetable until all exams have been completed for their subject. Additionally, the college will provide a study space for any student wishing to remain in school and study quietly and sensibly. I am sure that you will understand, if students remain in school and are not focused on revision they may be asked to return home, only coming into the college for their exams.
Finally, we may write to you suggesting specific lessons that we strongly advise that your child continues to attend, despite the fact that Independent Study Leave will have begun. Students will be identified by Heads of Faculty and their teachers, and asked to attend lessons focused on specific areas of exam preparation and course content. If it is suggested your child attends any of these sessions, we ask for your support in ensuring they do so: the sessions will be targeted at particular areas your child needs to develop to ensure a successful outcome in each exam. If students do decide to stay in school to study, it is vital that they sign in and out at student reception for fire safety and safeguarding reasons.
In addition to this continued curriculum-time support offer, there will be a series of warm-up sessions prior to many examinations. This will be an opportunity for students to come into to school early (from 7.45am), pick up a free breakfast from the college canteen and spend 45 minutes or so with their subject teachers, revising and discussing any last minute concerns prior to the examination they will be taking that day.
Here is the schedule for the breakfast revision sessions:
As always, the wellbeing of all of our Year 11 students is a top priority. We are particularly aware of the need to support all students in maintaining positive attitudes, healthy bodies and healthy minds. To that end, we have arranged the following wellbeing interventions:
If you or your child feels that they would like to talk to someone not associated directly with the college they can utilise the following support organisations:
Along with the myriad resources uploaded by teachers and support staff on Google Classroom to support all Year 11 students in every subject, some of the most useful resources are those provided by PiXL. Below is a reminder of the key resources that every students should be using and accessing as part of their revision programme:
PiXL Maths App: https://mathsapp.pixl.org.uk/PMA.html
PiXL English App: https://englishapp.pixl.org.uk/PiXLit.html
PiXL Geography App: https://geographyapp.pixl.org.uk/Geography%20App.html
PiXL History App: https://historyapp.pixl.org.uk/History%20App.html
PiXL Independence (revision resources available to download for any subject you child may be studying:
Examinations Assessment Information
At Bottisham we are committed to ensuring that whenever we mark candidates’ work this is done fairly, consistently and in accordance with the awarding body’s specification and subject-specific associated documents.
Candidates’ work will be marked by staff who have appropriate knowledge, understanding and skill, and who have been trained in this activity. We are committed to ensuring that work produced by candidates is authenticated in line with the requirements of the awarding body. Where a number of subject teachers are involved in marking candidates’ work, internal moderation and standardisation will ensure consistency of marking. In order to ensure best assessment practice is upheld, we offer the following pledges:
1. We will ensure that candidates are informed of their centre assessed marks so that they may request a review of the centre’s marking before marks are submitted to the awarding body.
2. We will inform candidates that they may request copies of materials to assist them in considering whether to request a review of the centre’s marking of the assessment.
3. We will, having received a request for copies of materials, promptly make them available to the candidate.
4. We will provide candidates with sufficient time in order to allow them to review copies of materials and reach a decision.
5. We will provide a clear deadline for candidates to submit a request for a review of the centre’s marking. Requests will not be accepted after this deadline. Requests must be made in writing.
6. We will allow sufficient time for the review to be carried out, to make any necessary changes to marks and to inform the candidate of the outcome, all before the awarding body’s deadline.
7. We will ensure that the review of marking is carried out by an assessor who has appropriate competence, has had no previous involvement in the assessment of that candidate and has no personal interest in the review.
8. We will instruct the reviewer to ensure that the candidate’s mark is consistent with the standard set by the centre.
9. We will inform the candidate in writing of the outcome of the review of the centre’s marking.
10. The outcome of the review of the centre’s marking will be made known to the head of centre. A written record of the review will be kept and made available to the awarding body upon request.
The moderation process carried out by the awarding bodies may result in a mark change, either upwards or downwards, even after an internal review. The internal review process is in place to ensure consistency of marking within the centre, whereas moderation by the awarding body ensures that centre marking is line with national standards. The mark submitted to the awarding body is subject to change and should therefore be considered provisional.