Ralph Thoresby School is committed to supporting students to achieve outstanding progress. A key part of us being able to support students to make further improvements is the rigorous assessment programme we have. An integral part of this is our formal exam week, which takes place between 22nd and 24th January 2018.


This exam week will form significant parts of the conversation on parents’ evening on Thursday 22nd February and will help us to make recommendations for subject choices and pathways that students will take in the GCSE options process. Additionally, it will help to inform some departmental decisions in setting students to commence GCSE studies.


Exam Timetable

Your child’s exam timetable is printed on the back of this letter. Students will take each exam listed and I should be grateful if you could spend time talking about the importance of each assessment with your child.


Punctuality and Attendance

It is important that students are very punctual during this week as lateness to the registration of an exam or absence from school will have a significant and negative impact on your child’s outcomes. Please avoid making any non-emergency appointments during this time.



Students are responsible for bringing the following equipment to every exam: 3 black pens, two pencils, a ruler, an eraser, highlighters, a geometry set (protractor and pair of compasses) and a calculator. All equipment should be brought in a clear pencil case or polythene bag.



Students may bring one bottle of still water in a clear bottle without a label.



Students should undertake approximately 60 minutes of revision each work day and spend some time at the weekend revising for their exams. Students will be set revision work and it is important that they commit to undertake this revision throughout each stage of the next few weeks.



If you have any questions about these examinations, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.