GCSE History Exams


30th November 2022

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to you to keep you informed of our preparations for the GCSE history exams later in the school year. We have identified that your child is in need of some additional support and some early intervention in History. At present, your child is currently off target by at least one whole grade to achieve their end of year grade. This current grade is based upon our most recent assessment in year 11 as well as the end of year 10 mock examinations and any other data we have collected over the last two and a half years.

Your child will be sitting mock examinations on the week commencing the 12th of December and will be sitting one of each History examination they have been taught so far. Which includes:

Paper 1: Migrants in Britain c.800 to Present Day and Notting Hill c.1948-1970

Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588 and Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1991

These mock examinations are of the utmost importance to your child as it will give them their first and only practice of this experience (in the exam hall) for these exams and it will give us an accurate image of what we might expect the outcomes to be by the exams in June.

With this in mind we are strongly advising that your child attend after school intervention/revision sessions to give them the best opportunity to improve their chances of achieving their target grades. With the mocks being nearly upon us, we would like to start these interventions on Thursday 1st December and every other subsequent Wednesday, during term time, going forward until the real GCSE examinations begin.

The sessions will run from 2.45pm – 3.30pm and be in R11.

It is my hope that if we can work together to encourage your child to take an active role in their learning they will achieve more and have more confidence. I am confident that their grade will improve, and I look forward to being able to send you a positive letter in which I detail their progress.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely


Mr C Bowness

Teacher of History