Students at Saint Paul’s were given an advanced taste of what their GCSEs would be like when the school set them a series of Pre Public Examinations (PPE).
All students in Year 11 sat the internal examinations (traditionally, these exams have been referred to as “mocks”). These exams, as well as providing excellent preparation for public examinations, also give students and teachers valuable information about current levels of performance, students’ strengths and those areas that they still need to develop in order to fulfil their potential in the summer.
Mr Mike Whiteside, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s, said: “The students collected their results in a sealed envelope, the same way that they will receive their results in August. It was an exciting day for them. They are now undertaking follow up work to identify their strengths and areas to develop ready for the exams in the summer.”
“The exams were designed to give our students as real an experience as possible of their GCSE examinations,” explained Executive Headteacher, Mr Tony Billings. “We are determined to do all we can to improve the life chances for our students and we believe that many opportunities can come from having good qualifications. The students were exemplary during the formal examination week. We encouraged our students to approach their PPEs with the same level of determination they would for their final GCSE examinations. Adopting this attitude was extremely useful in helping them to achieve their best and truly benefit from the experience.”