Important exam information for Year 2 A Level students at Shrewsbury Colleges Group.
We are approaching the final teaching and revision period for A Level exams which will be a different experience for many of you compared to how the GCSE grades were determined in 2021.
Your teachers will be advising you on how best to approach your preparation in each subject, but I wanted to let you know that we have also written to your parents to give them an overview of the support available in college, as well as what they can do to support you at home over the next few weeks. Please do talk to them about the content of that letter which includes suggestions for ensuring that you get sufficient rest, planning travel arrangements for exams well in advance and considering adjusting hours of part-time work, as well as how to help you plan your revision.
We have included a list of key dates for you at the end of this letter as well as some of the additional support that you may wish to access over Easter and during the whole period of exams. Please check the dates for exam timetables and the national contingency exam date in particular.
We hope that you will be able to relax a little over Easter and enjoy time with your families whilst also revising and completing any work set by your teachers.
Support available in college:
- College campuses are open over the Easter holidays so that you can revise in a quiet environment:
- The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at English Bridge Campus will be open from Monday 3 April to Thursday 6 April inclusive and from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 April inclusive from 8:30am until 3:30pm.
- The LRC at Welsh Bridge Campus will be open from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 April only from 8:30am until 3.30pm.
- Additional capacity for quiet supervised study will be available and advertised after Easter. This will be open to all students, but some of you will receive emails towards the end of the Easter break to ask you to attend specific sessions based on teacher recommendations.
- Please talk to your teachers for help with any topics of concern, advice about subject support sessions or revision workshops, and ensure that you know how to access the revision resources and past papers, whether that’s on teams, moodle or on paper.
- ‘Positive Experience Exam Activities’ workshops to help address exam nerves are already up and running, led by our Emotional Health and Well-Being Team. These drop-in sessions are open to anyone as follows:
- English Bridge Tuesdays and Thursdays in W201 from 12:10 – 12:30pm
- Welsh Bridge: Mondays in P116, Wednesdays in P207 from 12:10 – 12:30pm
- If you are feeling anxious around exams, or anything else during the exam period, you can call our Student Assistance Programme on 0800 028 3766 where a trained counsellor will discuss strategies to help manage any feelings of stress so that you can perform at your best.
- An additional source of help is the My Healthy Advantage App from Health Assured. As well as practical help you can sign up to a 4-week programme to help cope with pressure or follow the guides for sleep and meditation. You can download My Healthy Advantage from the App Store or Google Play using the college code of MHA249996.
- Individual student exam timetables should be available for students on ProPortal from Monday 17 April – these will include candidate numbers, rooms and seat numbers, access arrangements and will show details to resolve any clashes in exams.
- The process for downloading the timetable will work in the same way as for the mock exam week earlier in the year – instructions will be available through tutorial if you need reminders for how to do this.
- Normal lesson timetables continue through next half-term from Monday 17 April until Friday 26 May.
- Half-term is Monday 29 May until Friday 2 June with study leave for Year 2 A level / CTEC lessons beginning from Monday 5 June onwards – teachers are still available throughout this period for supporting students.
- Exams continue throughout much of June. The exam boards have collectively agreed Wednesday 28 June as the final national contingency date. In the case of significant national or local disruption they reserve the right to move the date of any exam at short notice and this is the last such date which they could use. All students must remain available until this date – absence due to a holiday will not be accepted by an exam board as a reason for missing a rearranged exam.
- A Level Results Day is Thursday 17 August – details will be sent out next term for how you will receive your results and the support available to you for progression queries thereafter.