Headteacher's Welcome

At Chenderit School we have established a strong and supportive community where staff and students strive to "Aim High, Work Hard and Be Nice”. Our students are valued as individuals and are actively encouraged to pursue excellence, not only academically, but in all other spheres of school life. Our aim is to unlock each student’s potential and to celebrate every individual’s progress and achievements.

Chenderit School is a forward looking school with proud traditions. We encourage our students to embrace all opportunities at school and, through these, to develop into increasingly resilient, independent, adaptable, respectful and resourceful learners. We have high expectations of our school community and pride ourselves on our safe, supportive yet challenging environment in which students are able to enjoy, flourish and achieve.

I hope you find the information you are looking for on our website and that it gives you a flavour of what is unique and special about our school. If you are considering whether Chenderit School is the right school for your child, please contact us for more information or, better still, arrange a visit to meet our staff and students and to experience our welcoming atmosphere, our sense of purpose and the wide variety of opportunities that Chenderit has to offer.

Jane Cartwright
Headteacher


 

28 Apr 2015

A 10-point guide to help our students prepare for their forthcoming exams:

If you have not done so already, make sure you plan an exam revision timetable. Plan short spells of revision, about 30 minutes to an hour at a time, as this is the most effective way to learn. Your concentration lapses after about an hour and you need to take a short break of about ten minutes. Remember: fail to plan, plan to fail!

When you prepare your revision timetable, make sure you plot in your school timetable, your exam dates, and the things you don’t want to miss out on. Let’s face it, you will still want to see that Saturday football match or go to your friend’s birthday party. Make it part of your planning

There are some good resources which will help you plan your timetable, such as phone apps like Class Timetable and Exam Countdown, and the Revision World website, which also has lots of other useful advice.

Build reward time into your timetable. For instance, a full day of revision could equal a trip to the cinema.

Don’t spend ages making the timetable, or your revision notes, look pretty. Exam timetables are great as long as they don’t become a revision avoidance technique.

Find somewhere quiet to revise – your bedroom, school, your gran’s house – and refuse to be interrupted and distracted by, for example, social media and your phone.

Don’t revise in front of the television, or while listening to the radio. Sit at a proper table or desk if you can. Bed isn’t a great place to revise as snoozing is far too tempting. Remember you are trying to replicate the conditions under which you will be sitting your exams.

Always start by revising the most difficult topics while you are fresh rather than using your best concentration on the more straightforward ones.Do mix up how you approach revision by trying different techniques. Try some of these:

  • Make your own learning mind maps – either on paper or use something like iMindMap or Popplet apps.

  • Make flash cards. Write the facts on one side and some questions on the other and then test yourself. Try apps like Flashcards+ and StudyBlue.

  • Make your own revision notes, either on paper or using one of the many notes apps.

  • Make electronic or paper Post-it notes for key things you keep forgetting and put them where you will see them – on your tablet, PC, mirror, phone etc.

  • Read your revision notes out loud. We remember more than twice as much when we read aloud compared to when we read silently.

  • Practise on past exam papers and revision tests. There are lots available on the web. Initially, do one section at a time, checking your answers with the mark schemes as you go. Whatever you have not yet understood should be a focus for revision. Progress to doing the entire paper against the clock.

  • Use revision guides.

  • Note down things you still don’t understand so that you can ask your teachers to talk you through them. Never be embarrassed to ask.

    Stay in good health. Eat a balanced diet, exercise (it keeps your brain active) and get enough sleep. And finally, good luck!  Jane Cartwright Headteacher    

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