Schools in full exam mode as students prepare to take A-levels and GCSEs

Hopes are high of a great success

Marche School in Oswestry is one of them and leaves no stone unturned with a host of plans to help students prepare for upcoming tests.

This will be the first year since 2019 that exam season has returned to some kind of normal and to support students, the school has prepared a number of ways to help and support its students and their families.

Natalie Richards, Year 11 Leader at the school, said: “As Academic Progress Leader for Year 11 for the first time, I have been so proud to see the students grow both personally and academically for the past two years.

“They have been an absolute pleasure. We have been on a journey of preparing, planning and training for the exams after what have been a strange few years in education.

“We’re really looking forward to students having the opportunity to really show what they can do with the return of traditional exams. We’re ready, so bring them on.”

The school organized a host of events and preparations – in February they held a ‘Resilience Day’. The event focused on mental and physical well-being and preparing for exam season, with a guest speaker from Enlighten Education.

Teachers and staff have volunteered for the ‘adopt-a-student’ mentoring program, while there are ‘departmental interventions’, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, with students selected according to need by the subject directors.

There has been a particular focus on certain topics with a bonus 25-minute math review session daily for all Grade 11 students and a bonus 25-minute English Literature review session daily for all 10th graders to prepare for their English literature exam.

Students can also enjoy a daily after-school review menu, while a bespoke structured ‘Exam School’ timetable to help with preparation is being put in place.

When exams are held, students will also have additional “review breakfast” sessions from 8am to 9am.

Another fresh idea for this year is the ‘Heads Up’ project. He sees the school working with Shropshire youth workers funded by Shropshire Council.

It offers student support and an ‘anti-stress’ session every time with tips and advice on how to approach revision and exams.

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