I am writing to inform you of Year 8 Core Exams that will be taking place in May 2016. The students will be sitting 3 internal exams in the hall under strict exam conditions. The exam dates are below:
Maths- Friday 13th May (A non-calculator test lasting for 1 hour)
English- Wednesday 18th May
Science- Monday 23rd May (this exam will cover all work taught this year and revisit work covered in year 7)
Each of these exams will last for 1 hour. It is important that students bring the correct equipment for the exams as they will not be able to borrow. They will need a pencil, pens, pencil, ruler, rubber. If they have a pencil case it will need to be transparent. For the Maths exam they will also require a protractor and compasses.
As well as this the students will also be sitting a further exam in their classes in Maths and English. The class based Maths exams will be on Monday 16th or Tuesday 17th, depending when the student has a Maths lesson. This will be a calculator test (students must have their own calculator) and will last for 1 hour.
This set of exams will be important and will be used by the Maths and Science departments to review current sets for Year 9. The results for the English exam will also be used as an indicator regarding sets in September.
The students will be given their own personal exam timetable in registration on Thursday 5th May. Copies of lost timetables will not be replaced and the students will be expected to write exam details in their planners. Seating plans and seating lists will be on the exams noticeboard. It will be the student’s responsibility to know their seat number. All the instructions and equipment needed for the exams will be on the reverse of the individual timetables and I would ask that you go through these with your child prior to the exams.
It will be important for the students to revise for these exams and they will be made aware by their class teachers what they need to revise.
As you are aware the students have been attending their Option Interviews over the last few weeks. After May half term the students will be made aware of the option subjects that they will study in Year 9. If you have any queries or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school.
Head of Year 8
Baisakhi, also spelled Vaisakhi, is the festival which celebrates Sikh New Year and the founding of the Sikh community, known as the Khalsa, in 1699.
It is celebrated on April 13 or 14 every year. It was originally a harvest festival in the Punjab before it became the Sikh's most important festival. Our assemblies were presented brilliantly by Year 7 pupils Jayapreet Bains-Williams, Arun Uppal and Hannah Cartwright, supported by Roqeebat Hamzat. Best wishes and happy celebrations to our Sikh pupils and to Sikhs everywhere.