St John Plessington Catholic College

Year 11 Trial Examinations – Thursday 16th February 2023 - Friday 10th March 2023

Dear Families

Year 11 Trial Examinations – Thursday 16th February 2023 - Friday 10th March 2023

I am writing to inform you that your daughter/son will be taking trial exams beginning Thursday 16th February 2023. These are part of our examination preparation after significant disruption to learning and routines during Key Stage 3 & 4.

These examinations are key in establishing good routines and writing stamina for formal examinations as well as identifying areas for further revision. Year 11 students will complete trial exams in all of their examined subjects in order to replicate the experience of their GCSE examinations. In preparation for the forthcoming trial examinations, Year 11 students have had their examination timetable shared during Personal Development time this week and have taken part in two Study Skills days during the school year so far with an external company called Elevate. Students have also been provided with a 6 week revision plan which has also been shared with yourselves to help in preparation for these trial examinations. I would like to stress the importance of full attendance and the need to be punctual to school to avoid missing examinations

I have attached an updated, student friendly, copy of the trial examination timetable. Students will have a copy of the attached timetable shared on Google Classroom and will be given a paper copy next week. We would ask you to encourage your child to revise thoroughly before these exams. 
All students have been reminded of the following expectations:

● Full preparation/revision ahead of trial exams
● 100% attendance
● AM exams begin at 09:00 and PM exams begin at 13:00 
● Bring the correct equipment for each exam, including calculators where necessary
● Equipment must be brought in a clear pencil case/plastic wallet
● Only water is allowed in the exam hall, in a clear bottle with the label removed
● Mobile phones must be switched off and left in bags
● Coats and bags to be placed on shelves outside of the sports hall
● Students will have a dedicated seat for each exam
● Smart watches are not permitted in exams
● Once dismissed from exams, students must either return to class or leave site as directed by staff if the exam finishes after 14:30.

Can I also take this opportunity to remind you about our Online Year 11 Parents Consultation Evening which is taking place this Thursday 9th February 2023. Appointments should be made via School Cloud if they have not already been made. Separate information regarding this has already been circulated.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Year 11 pastoral team at school on 0151 645 5049 or via email at

Yours sincerely

Mr D Davies
Associate Assistant Head Teacher