Year 11 Exams & End of Year Arrangements

May 2017

Dear Parents

Re: Year 11 Examinations and End of Year Arrangements

Study Leave

Study leave begins on Friday 26th May 2017. Until this time students will be expected to attend all lessons unless they have an exam or revision class.


All students have been given individual exam timetables showing their rooming and seat number for all of their exams.  They have two copies one for the fridge and one for their pencil case as it must be brought to every exam with them as ID.  Morning exams start at 9.00am and afternoon exams at 1.00pm but students must be outside the exam room 15 minutes before the start of the exam, with their pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers etc. in a CLEAR pencil case or plastic bag, also calculators, if allowed, mathematical drawing equipment and their timetables. Clear pencil cases with basic contents can be purchased from the John Thornton Study Centre for £2.

A small clear bottle of still water (no labels or flavouring) is a good idea, 2% dehydration = 10% loss of concentration. Sip carefully, it is a nuisance to have to go to the toilet!

DO NOT bring any unauthorised equipment e.g. instruction leaflets, calculator cases, sweets, lucky charms or any electronic or radio communication devices. MOBILE

TELEPHONES/IPODS AND SMART WATCHES ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN EVEN IF SWITCHED OFF – THE EXAMINATION BOARD HAS THE RIGHT TO CANCEL ALL OF A STUDENT’S EXAMS IF THESE ARE FOUND IN THE EXAM ROOM.  All watches must be placed on their desks.   Coats and bags will not be allowed in the exam room and must be left in student lockers.  Students must be in full school uniform for all exams.  Students who do not attend their examination will be liable for the examination fee. If an examination is missed for medical reasons a medical certificate from your Doctor will be required within 24 hours. This should be handed to the Pastoral Office.

Leavers’ Day

Thursday 29th June will be the official final leavers’ day and will be busy! Students are invited to attend a ‘breakfast’ in the Sixth Form area at 9.00am. They will be given autograph books as a small gift from the school. It is our tradition to dress smartly on the leavers’ day so that good photographs can be taken. Our final assembly will then take place and students should be off site by 11.00am at the latest.  Photographs, Hoodies and Prom tickets will also be available for collection during the breakfast.

The Prom is that evening at AFC Bournemouth with arrival between 7 – 7.30pm until 11.30pm.  Tickets will be on sale from 8th May and will remain so until 22nd June. Tickets for the Prom will cost £22.50 and cannot be sold at the door.  They MUST be purchased in advance from Pastoral Managers Office.  Tickets will not be issued to those who have C3 detentions outstanding or who still have Library or textbooks to return. (Pastoral Managers will have lists of these if anyone is unsure).

Hoodies will be available to order from 8th May until 26th May, costing £16.50. They will be available for collection on leavers’ day with the Prom tickets.  Order forms and payment must be handed into the Pastoral Managers office.

Return of Books, Locker Keys and Fobs

All books should be returned direct to subject teachers before or on 29th June unless any

department has made other arrangements.  Also please return any books borrowed from the John Thornton Study Centre.  Please do not leave them at Reception.

Locker keys and fobs need to be returned to the Pastoral Managers Office by the same date, if not before. Students will be asked to sign a list to indicate that they have returned their key, and received their deposit. Should the locker key not be returned by 29th June, the deposit will be used to purchase a new key. Please note that if students are returning to Sixth Form then there is no need to return fobs.

Examination Results

Students will be able to collect their results between 9.00am and 12noon on Thursday 24th

August from the Main Hall. If students are unable to collect their results in person then a self-addressed, stamped envelope must be given to the House Office before the end of June. No

results will be given out over the telephone. If parents are collecting results for your

son/daughter he/she will need to give written permission. If results are not collected on the

specified day then it will not be possible to collect them until the school re-opens in

September from Reception. Staff will be on hand to discuss Sixth Form course options in the light of results on 24th August and 25th August 2017 from 9.00am to 12noon.

Certificate Presentation Evening

There will be a formal Certificate Presentation Evening in November to which parents and

students are invited. We hope as many students as possible will attend this first opportunity for reunion and celebration of their success. Formal awards from individual departments will

take place at this event. If students are not coming back to school please get in touch early in the Autumn term when the calendar has been finalised, ask a friend who is staying in school for details or check the school website. There will be limited space(s) for this event – first come first served! Last year was the best turnout ever, and the school hall was full.


We are always happy to receive any secondhand uniform to sell.  Please send any unwanted uniform to Reception at school.


On behalf of all Year 11 tutors and teaching staff can we wish all students success in their

examinations and good luck for the future. No pressure – but we are expecting our best ever


Please do not hesitate to contact the Pastoral Managers Office if you have any queries about these arrangements.

Yours sincerely

Heads of House