Getting ready for exams ahead of time

Pupils at one high school have been getting to grips with the new exam system - a couple of years early.

The year nines at Carr Hill High in Kirkham have been getting in some practice for GSE’s by staging their own results day - and seeing their marks presented in the new number format instead of A* to G grades.

They were the first group to sit exams in the sports dome under external exam conditions. Results were also awarded in the new nine to one grading system with a number already working at grade eight ( equivalent to A*) and grade seven ( equivalent to an A).

The changes from letters to numbers comes in next year for English and maths and for all other s from 2018 - 2019.

Lydia Brindley, who received an impressive grade eight, said: “My results have shown me that my revision techniques work. I’m pleased with History (grade seven) in particular as I thought the exam was tough.”

Ellie Clark also got an grade eight and said: “Sitting the exams in the sports dome was better than sitting them in a classroom as it was quiet and the exams seemed more real.”

Assistant headteacher Liz Hilton- Peet said: “Students performed well across all subjects. Holding the exams in the sports dome gave them the chance to experience external exam conditions. The pre public exams prove to be a real learning curve in many ways. They learn the importance of preparation, discover the revision techniques which work best for them and how to manage their time effectively under pressure.”