Public Exams - Summer 2019

Next summer’s public exam timetable for our Year 11 and Upper Sixth candidates can be viewed here. Individual exam timetables will be available next February after all the entries have been sent to the exam boards.

For anyone looking to buy revision guides, this document lists the exam specifications being followed for each subject for Year 11 and for Upper Sixth.

Shellagh Dodds
Examinations Officer

Year 11 Academic Review Meetings

Tuesday 6 November 2018 - 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Parents will be given the opportunity to book electronically a slot with their child’s tutor for an Academic Review Meeting.  Parents will also be able to attend a series of workshops on how best to support their child whilst at Princethorpe.  An email will be sent out to parents with more information and booking details at the beginning of next week.

Dr Michael Reddish
Deputy Head - Academic 

Year 11 Full Reports - Reminder

Reports for Year 11 will be posted out on Friday 12 October 2018. They will also be available to view on the Pupil and Parent Portals.

Dr Michael Reddish
Deputy Head - Academic

Year 11 Parents' GCSE Revision Evening

Monday 26 November 2018 - 6.00pm to 7.30pm

"Good character education is good education - we need to take character education as seriously as we take academic education." Berkowitz and Bier (2005)

Too often disappointing student progress is ascribed to cognition, with young learners described as 'weak', or their performance diagnosed in terms of their intelligence: 'they aren't capable of this work', 'they're not bright enough to grasp this'. There is a growing body of research that suggests something very different: that successful students approach their studies with a specific set of behaviours, skills and attitudes and that despite not differing cognitively from their peers they can significantly outperform them. In short, academic success can be as much about character as it is about intelligence.

At Princethorpe College, we are committed to supporting our pupils in all aspects of their education and development and over the forthcoming academic year we will continue to embed our programme of character education, alongside our learning skills programme and our excellent Da Vinci Programme.

At the start of the academic year our key stage 4 pupils have been introduced to the five key principles of a GCSE Mindset:

  • Vision
  • Effort
  • Systems
  • Practice
  • Attitude

These key principles will be the focus of a number of tutor sessions, whereby pupils will have the opportunity to develop and explore them further in order to support their GCSE exam preparation. 

As part of this strategy, Princethorpe College will be holding a GCSE revision evening, on Monday 26 November between 6.00pm and 7.30pm, for the parents of our Year 11 pupils. It will be presented by Martin Griffin. He has worked with more than sixty schools to develop effective character education systems and is the co-author of The GCSE Mindset (Crown House, 2017).  During the evening, Martin will explore the key principles of having a positive and proactive learning mindset and share tools and strategies for effective coaching and intervention with parents and equip parents with practical ideas and strategies to support their children throughout their GCSE courses. His presentations have always been very well-received and we do hope that Year 11 parents will be able to join us for what promises to be a very useful and informative evening.

If you wish to attend, please complete the form here.  

We look forward to seeing you at the event. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or Mrs Fionnuala Schofield

Dr Michael Reddish
Deputy Head - Academic



Half Term Homework Expectations

Years 7, 8, 9 expectations:
No formal homework will be set for the half term (although some pupils may have to complete homework set for the last week of the half term).  Pupils will be expected to catch up on any missed or incomplete work and sort any files or folders.

Year 10 expectations:
Homework may be set for certain subjects. Pupils will be expected to catch up on any missed or incomplete work and sort any files or folders.

Year 11 and Sixth Form expectations:

  • Work priorities for each subject
  • This is based on 2 hours work on each weekday of the half term
  • Complete homework set
  • Complete coursework set
  • Complete any outstanding work
  • Sort out your folders into good order
  • Begin revision for Internal Assessments  (Sixth Form) or keep on top of revision for January mocks (Year 11)

You want to come back from half term refreshed but up to date. 

Good luck and enjoy the break.

Dr Liz Pyne
Assistant Head - Teaching and Learning