Year 11

Welcome to the Year 11 Support Page

Here you will find all the useful information you might need for the months leading up to your final exams.

This page will be updated as new information is available so please check regularly. 


Mapping out the task

It is important to have an idea of the task in front of you.  Write down the subjects you are entered for.  For each one write down the papers you have to take and the themes, topics or style of each paper.  Each subject will normally break down into anywhere between 5 and 10 topics write those down too.  If you don’t know these things find them out ASAP.  Perhaps use the links at the bottom of the page to take you to the exam spec if you don’t have it anywhere else, but knowledge organisers and revision guides can be useful for this too.  Then you just need to look at this for a moment.  There is a lot to know.  You need to get organized and get started. 

What to do if you just can’t get started

Firstly, you need to get motivated.  No one wants to revise.  We would all rather go out – to a friends, shopping, to the beach – or just relax, watch TV, play a game, or just be on our phones!  However, we all know that anything worth achieving can involve some effort.  And sometimes the more effort you put in, the prouder you will be of yourself at the end, and almost certainly the better the outcome will be. 

You need to realise that the exam results you get at 16 make a big difference to what you get to do next and stay with you for a long time.  They are often the first thing an employer looks at.  Do you want other people to think you are not as good as you really are?  If you haven’t studied hard up to now don’t worry, with effort you will catch up.  You are going to prove you can do it, and believe me the effort is worth it.

For many of you, if you are going to achieve the grades you need to take the next step in your education you need to try hard over the coming months.  You need to revise.  On any journey, however large it is essential to take the first step.  If you know you haven’t been doing enough then as you are reading this, set yourself some easy achievable targets for today, for tomorrow and for the coming week.  Can you do more hours of revision this week than last?  And then more the week after that?  Probably, you can, so do it.

Keeping going

Set yourself some targets.  Decide on what your rewards should be.  Involve your parents or carers so they can help reward you when you achieved a certain amount of revision.  Keep a record of how much you did as well as how much you are going to do.  It can be very motivating to see how much you have already done, rather than focus on how much you still have to do. 

If you’ve written some revision notes or made some revision cards bring them in, show your teachers.  If you know you’ve learnt something and you feel proud about it or got a family member to test you on something and you did well, tell your teacher about it.  They will want to know!

Work with a friend.  Some subjects (maths and languages spring to mind) can be tough to study alone, but much more effective to work with a partner.  Working with someone else can help break up the days and add a bit of variety.

Work on as well as off the computer.  The internet is a wondrous thing – but it can eat away at your time.  Use technology to help you, to find things out or for using the various learning apps we have, but pen and paper, highlighters and colours is just as important for retaining information.  You can’t take the internet into the exam remember!


It is human nature to spend more time on the things we like and less time on the things we don’t.  however, with revision you have to battle against this.  It is usually better to spend more time on the things you know are a weakness rather than a strength.  It is also usually better not to spend an equal amount of time on each chapter of a revision guide, but to work out which chapters are strengths and which are weaknesses and then focus on the things where you need more help. 

Key dates

Obviously it is important to be on top of things.  You should definitely write a revision plan and you should have your official exam dates posted up at home where everyone can see them so that people can be extra nice to you at the right time!  And so that you don’t forget!

Last full day in school

Every year we get asked about study leave.  There is no longer “Study Leave” in the traditional sense that parents would have had when they were at school.  Students will be expected in school for all of their timetabled lessons up until period 4 on Friday 24th May.  During period 4 there will be a final assembly to mark the beginning of study leave. Students will then be free to leave the site after the assembly. The final assembly will focus on arrangements after half term, half term revision timetables and plans post-exams.

Of course in subjects such as Art which finish quite early in the exam window these lessons then convert to supervised study sessions with resources to support success in English, maths and science.       

After half term, students must come in to school for all remaining exams. For the week beginning 3/6/24 until 7/6/24 (the first week after half term only), if students wish to be on the school site before, between or after exams they must attend their normal timetabled lessons which will continue to be fully staffed.  

Please can you ensure that your young person is wearing full school uniform - not PE kit -  for all of their exams. Your support on this is much appreciated.

There will be no further timetabled lessons after Friday 7th June. From the week beginning Monday 10th June, students with travel restrictions will have a study base available which will be sign-posted at student reception and supervised by staff.

As previously communicated all students must be available for the national contingency day (when exams could be taking place) on Weds 26th June. 

We will be holding a celebration assembly on Friday 28th June and of course we would dearly like all Year 11 students to be at that – they should arrive in school at 1130 and the assembly usually takes around 1 hour.  This is very much dress down with no uniform required as we know you will all be dressing up later for the prom!

Year 11 Prom

The date of your Prom 2023/2024 is Friday 28th June at The Stones Hotel, Highpost, Salisbury, SP4 6AT

Details can be found here

Exam Timetables

Term Dates


Year 11 Workshop - Memory and Revision

Year 11 Revision Event PresentationKS4 Exam Board Information September 2023

The Exams Office video guidance for students

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