Year 11 Exam Arrangements - Half Term Update

Our Year 11 GCSE examinations are ongoing and we are nearly half way through them.  Our Year 11 students have continued to work very well in preparing for their examinations - responding well to support and intervention from their teachers. 

We remain optimistic for them in their forthcoming examinations.  We have sent out a ‘keep going’ postcard to all of our Year 11 students, timed to arrive just in time for the start of the half-term break, and we have reiterated the same message in our assemblies.

The postcard reads as follows:

“You are nearly half way through your GCSE examinations. Well done and keep going!

Make sure that you take time over the May half-term to rest, relax, recuperate and then move forward with your final push of examination revision and preparation.  As we always say, continue to use your planned revision time wisely and productively.

If you have been invited to any revision sessions over the May half-term we will see you then or if you have not been invited for a revision session you may wish to come in and study independently in our Sixth form Library which is open for you to use Tuesday to Friday 10:00am—2:00pm.Otherwise, we will see you back in school on Monday 3rd June.

After half term school will remain as normal for the final two weeks around your examinations but you need to take special note of the exam warm-ups on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the final week of exams. These are detailed in your examination support booklet. They are different for different groups of students. Your teachers will continue to teach you final examination tips in lessons around the examinations or you will focus on guided study. Keep talking with your teachers in class to ensure that you have everything you need and know what you need to be doing before each exam.

Life has two rules: 1) Never quit. 2) Always remember Rule #1.

Continued best wishes from Mrs Blackburn and all of the staff at Heaton Manor School.”

As you can see, in addition to targeted revision sessions over the May half-term, we are also opening our Sixth Form Library for our Year 11 and Year 13 students to come in and use, as a silent independent revision space should they wish.  The Sixth Form Library will be open Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31st May from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  To access the library your child should arrive at the front of the school next to main reception no later than 9:55am. They will then sign in and be taken to the Sixth Form Library where they will be supervised by Heaton Manor staff and be expected to work in absolute silence.  It will not operate as a ‘drop in’ during the day and if your child chooses to leave before 2:00pm then he or she will not be able to re-enter.  They can, of course, bring refreshments or a packed lunch with them and have short breaks in the Sixth Form Common Room. They will be dismissed at 2:00pm.

We would like to say best wishes to your child in their final preparation for the last two weeks of examinations and, as we always say, we hope that he or she uses his or her revision time wisely and productively and also finds the correct balance of rest and relaxation over the half-term break.

We look forward to seeing your child after the half-term break on Monday 3rd June.

Our previous letter to you detailed all other information that you should require, such as the procedures for GCSE results day in August; a copy of this letter remains on our website.  If you have any further questions or require any more information about the final two weeks of examinations, please contact school by telephone: 0191 281 8486 or email:


Yours faithfully


Mr N Holmes

Director of Student Progress


Mr D Merrifield

Director of KS4


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Heaton Manor School & Sixth Form
Jesmond Park West
Newcastle Upon Tyne

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