Y10 Trial Exams

Summer Trial Exams

Dear Parent/Carer,

To prepare for next summer, all students will sit Trial or Mock Exams this term. They will provide a progress check for teachers in order to assess your child’s strengths and identify any gaps that need addressing.

Students need to be aware that English Literature and Maths are on the first day back after half term.

Students will be issued with individual timetables for their exams, which they must check carefully, and highlight any errors without delay. If a student needs it reprinted then they can report to student services. Some students will have clashes and we will resolve this on an individual basis.

During the Exam Period
Students should register and arrive outside the exam room 10 minutes before the start time. They should be dressed in full school uniform. If a student is late for an exam then the school needs to be informed and they must arrive asap. Should a student be unwell at the time of the exam then it is important that the school is informed and whenever possible the student attends for the exam.

Students need to ensure that their mobile phone, other electronic device, or watches are not brought into the exam room – possession of prohibited devices in the real exams will lead to disqualification by the exam board. Students must enter the exam room in silence. They should check they have the correct exam paper!

Students need to bring all necessary equipment in a clear pencil case. This should include black ink biros, pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener, ruler, calculator, protractor, compass, coloured pencils if needed. All exams must be answered in black ink.

Students may have a bottle of water in a clear container, with any label removed, and a sports type top (to avoid spillages) on their desk.

Once in exam room, students are under exam conditions and must not talk, look around, make eye contact with other candidates. They must follow staff instructions. Failure to comply may lead to disqualification. Students are not allowed out to toilet and not allowed to leave room until end of exam time. Once their exams are over, all students must return to their normal lessons.

Revision Strategies
Please do encourage your child to revise for every subject – we recommend students spend at least one hour each night.

We want to support our students by making sure they are using study strategies to support their revision, which work – based on educational research. At The Purbeck School, we have created a webpage to support students and parents with advice and guidance on how to revise and how not to revise. This includes lots of subject specific guidance as well.


We have also written an article to support parents and carers on how to help children cope with GCSEs and A-levels exam stress.


The Purbeck School run Study Plus, an after-school home learning and study session, every Tuesday – Thursday from 3.10 – 4.10pm in the café to support students revise.

I wish all of our students the best of luck in their upcoming trial exams. If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,
Carl Morris
Deputy Headteacher
The Purbeck School

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