Exam Revision Guides

Revision guides have been produced to provide specific, directed help to parents and students. The guides cover the examinations, both internal and external, that students take during the course of their HeadStart educational journey. Although exam dates and events are mapped out and announced at the beginning of the year, they are subject to change. Parents are advised not to take their children out of school before the term ends.

Examination Preparation

On the 13th of November, students begin to revise for the upcoming exams. Preparation begins with revision in class using past papers. Students should also begin to revise at home. This will culminate in exam week which starts on the 20th of November. The results will be reported back to parents at the end of term 1 through the reports and the parent conferences which take place in December.

Term 1 Exams

Year 7-9 Examinations in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science after which they will undergo rigorous teacher assessment in the other subject areas.
Year 10 Sit examinations in every subject.
Year 11 Take their ‘Mock Practical’ exams between the 28th of November and January.

Term 3 Exams

Year 7 & 8 Cambridge Progression test in the Core Subjects of English, Maths and Science
Year 9 Cambridge Checkpoint exams in English, Maths and Science. Papers are marked by Cambridge and the results are known towards the end of Term 3.
Year 10 End of year progression tests.
Year 11-12 Cambridge iGCSE or AS Level tests in all subjects. The papers are externally marked by Cambridge and the results are known before the start of the new academic year.

Top Tips for Helping Your Child Prepare for Exams


 Discuss with your child what will be involved in the revision period and what your role could be.

 Provide the environment necessary for success.

 Ideally, they need a quiet, well-lit place to study with interruptions kept to a minimum when they are working.

 Respond positively when they ask for help.

 Ask exactly how you can help and if you can’t help immediately say when it’s convenient.

 Give plenty of praise and encouragement, stay calm and don’t expect too much.

 Keep them well supplied with food and drinks.

 Keep a low profile.

 Be prepared to listen when they want to talk about problems as everything becomes more emotional and heightened during the exam period.

 Encourage them to take regular breaks during long periods of revision.

 Encourage morning revision when the brain is more receptive and discourage studying right up to bedtime.


 Make comparison with brothers, sisters, their friends and so on.

 Unintentionally add to their worries by constantly mentioning the exams.

 Relate too much to when you were sitting exams at school or how you did your revision.

 Worry if their revision techniques seem strange or unusual.

 Make a battle ground out of whether or not they listen to music when doing their revision.

 Distract them unnecessarily.

 Expect them to study all the time as taking some time out to relax will have a positive effect on their work.

Revision Guidelines for Students

 Work through past Exam Papers

 Put Revision motes on Flash Cards (cut an A4 sheet into 4). When writing revision notes use your own words, space the notes out on the page, write in large letters or better still CAPITAL LETTERS and make notes interesting by using colour, underlining, circles, abbreviations, boxes etc…

 Draw Spider grams and Mind Maps

 Use Revision Books and Websites

 Read Aloud and Walk About!

 Make up Raps, Rhymes and Chants

 Record key points onto MP3/SMART Phone/Lap Top

 Stick up Posters and Post-its made whilst taking Revision Notes

 Practice making Essay Plans

 Revise with a Friend

 Do not do passive revision: reading through notes, exercise books or text books. Don’t just sit there reading page after page until you get bored!

 Draw up a revision timetable: divide the day up into three sessions: morning, afternoon and evening. Leave one session a day blank for leisure time, balance time between subjects and vary them by spacing them out.

 Organising Revision Sessions: for each subject make a topic checklist of what you will need to cover for the exam, order them easiest first and pin them up. Tick off from check list when you are happy you’ve got it after a test.

 Sitting Your Exams: light revision the night before (use notes made), get equipment ready, get a good night sleep, get to school with plenty of time, compose yourself by reading paper (do not rush in), read instructions carefully, budget your time, read questions twice and pick out key words then stick to what the question asks.

Year 9 Checkpoint Revision Packs

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