Revision Advice

We regularly run events for parents and students to support them in developing the necessary skills for effective revision. Advice for parents and students is available in the resources section of this page, inlcuding resources from our recent Year 10 session on revision. There are also some more tips at the bottom of this page in the gallery.

Finish Well 2022

As Year 11 approach the last few weeks leading up to their exams here are 9 ways in which they, with the support of their family and teachers can finish well.

1. Attend lessons

Time in school with the experts who know you and the content and skills you need is vital. If students are absent keep up with the work via Go4Schools and stay in touch with teachers by email.

2. After School Co-Curricular

After school co-curricular sessions continue up until exams, and students are welcome to attend any sessions for their subject. Speaking to your teacher will confirm which session would be the best support for you. Teachers will also let students and parents know when these sessions are essential to complete missed work, particularly for subjects including extended projects.

Our current Year 11 Co-Curricular sessions are below, and full details including rooms are on this PDF.







3D Design Dance
Health & Social

IT & Media

3D Design, Art
Health & Social

Art, Graphics

Buses run late to most villages, and the library is open until 5pm, and the then the sports centre reception from 5pm so students have a supervised space to wait to be collected by parents.

‘Late’ 754

at 1634 – to Little Cornard, Bures, Wormingford, West Bergholt and Colchester -

Chambers (Public) - All passes valid or PAYG

‘Late’ 756

at 1651 – to Sudbury, Glemsford, Cavendish and Clare  -

Chambers (Public) - All passes valid or PAYG

‘Late’ 753

at 1703 – to Sudbury, Long Melford, Acton, Great Waldingfield (not Lavenham) -

Chambers (Public) - All passes valid or PAYG

‘Late’ 91

at 1720 – Hadleigh via Boxford -


3. Online Personal Tuition

This year we have received specific government funding to support students in preparing for exams and to support learning after covid disruption.

For year 11 students there is still time to sign up, for almost any subject, to receive online tuition. The times are flexible and if students would benefit it is also possible for us to lend a Chromebook and provide headphones.

To find out more please visit our page about online tuition and complete this form to let us know what subjects and times would work best.

4. Easter, Summer Half Term & Saturdays

We are also providing a programme of sessions with subject teachers to take place during part of the Easter break, some Saturdays and at the half term between exams.

These are delivered face to face by students usual teachers, providing personalised, expert, well-focused support.

Students do not need to wear uniform. They sign in by the piano when they arrive.

Please choose as many sessions as you think would be helpful. Booking ahead helps us prepare the right number of resources and organise teachers and rooms. A copy of your responses will be sent to the email address entered below.

See the programme of additional revision sessions and book a place.

5. Online -

GCSEPod is paid for by the school and offers the most comprehensive, easy to access set of revision videos and questions which can be accessed online or via an app.

Students can check their understanding, receive hints and acess videos linked to questions with content all specific to the correct courses and exam boards.

Information about GCSE Pod for parents and free webinars are available on their website

Students just need to login with their school email and password, if they need help to access GCSEPod then please email

This year we will also be providing a choice of a free prom ticket or leavers hoody for the 5 students with the highest usage or most check & challenge questions completed on GCSEPod.

6. Planning - make a plan

The dates of exams can be found on our external examinations web page, and we have produced a template for students to make their own revision plan. They can also use their planners to record their after school activities and other revision activities.

The template is available as a PDF to print out and a spreadsheet to download and edit. Students can also use their school email account to access this Google spreadsheet version.

7. Revision Guide & Advance Info

For exams in 2022 the government have asked exam boards to make changes to exams and/or provide advance information to students to help them prepare. Our staff have summarised this information and are using it to help guide students revision. You can see a copy of the summarised avice and links to the exam boards information on the PDF attached to this page, or directly on this Google spreadhseet.

We also have a key stage 4 learning guide which provides a page of tips and information for each subject.

8 & 9. Wellbeing: plan to rest & relax, remember the goal!

Maintiaining good physical, mental and emotional health is always important. During preparation for exams normal feelings of anxiety (which we all experience before important events) can be harder to manage. Our student wellbeing page contains more information to students, and it is important that they all:

  • Plan time to rest & relax
  • Mainintain a healthy diet, continue to exercise regularly and check that they have good sleep routines
  • Talk any worries through with an adult
  • Remember that they are not alone, and support is always available from a range of people, including their tutor, teachers, learning mentor, learning support team, school nurse, Head of House, family and friends
  • Remember the goal, there will be an end to the exam season, and recognise and reward the work in preparing rather than just the results!

* How to revise: FLAT

Revision is most effective when it is:

  1. focused on the most useful skills and knoweldge, guided by teachers or tutors;
  2. long-term, taking place throughout the course and the weeks (not days) leading up to exams;
  3. active, requiring students to think hard and make use of the information they are learning;
  4. transformative, takes information from one source, and out of their memory, into another form.

For example, completing questions regularly throughout the course, responding to feedback, and practising recalling key knowledge is very effective.

These tasks can be carried out as part of usual homework, attending co-curricular after-school sessions, face-to-face revision sessions, online tutoring, online tools such as GCSE Pod or usuing printed resources and revision guides.

If you have any questions about how to support your child with their general revision of wellbeing please get in touch with their tutor, Head of House or a learning mentor. For subject specific questions please contact their teacher or releveant subject leader.

All our contact deatils are on the staff contact page.