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01/07/22

Final day. Final dinner. Farewell, France! 👋🏼👋🏽👋🏿🇫🇷 https://t.co/wxdAGOrWga

01/07/22

We're playing chess while they're playing checkers..! https://t.co/9lZY5S2wmb

01/07/22

Looking forward to welcoming these legends back today to perform to our Year 10s! 🥳 https://t.co/iWgPTBz1Ua

01/07/22

Une fête d’activités: la boxe 🌍🥊🇫🇷 https://t.co/iARk92kXZx

01/07/22

Une fête d’activités: La promenade lumière le volley le tir à l’arc 🇫🇷 🌍 🇫🇷 🌍 https://t.co/nyCKvZAl2X

01/07/22

French work experience crew 🇫🇷 https://t.co/bn2S1JWxUo

30/06/22

Lake Day in France! ⛵🏞😍 https://t.co/Ct1UFmYZId

30/06/22

Retweetd From Harris Riverside

When local rivals become teammates! Looking forward to teaming up on the 18th July ⚽️ https://t.co/ouTCGKlFSt

30/06/22

Well done to the Y9/10 football girls for a great training session with Harris Riverside https://t.co/25Vr15AasQ

29/06/22

We really enjoyed hosting our new Year 7 students and their families this evening. We look forward to seeing you all next week for transition week! Remember to be on-site and ready to go for 9.30! 🥳

29/06/22

This month, our star readers in KS3 contributed to the prestigious Yoto Carnegie and Kate Greenway book awards. They read and gave their feedback on 16 different children's books and did our school incredibly proud with the quality of their feedback. 📚 🌟 https://t.co/K0FJ0EplOA

29/06/22

Chef-training on location in France! Amazing feedback. 😍 https://t.co/wdvqlJvodu

28/06/22

Smashing start to our Spoken Language assessments this week! We've heard about everything from aliens to the journey of the humble kebab! 👽🍢 Well done, Year 10! 👏🏿👏🏽🥳 https://t.co/EqezClhLxn

28/06/22

Beautiful accommodation for our Year 10s with fresh decor & a glorious mountain landscape... 😍 Vive la France! 🇫🇷 👏🏼👏🏿 https://t.co/DLfwm1PJFU

28/06/22

Year 10 students en-route to France last week for their two weeks of work experience! C'est magnifique! 🌎 ✈ 🇫🇷 https://t.co/we6LpqhRY4

25/06/22

On their way home! https://t.co/KEnHzu8X1z

25/06/22

On their way home! https://t.co/H0xsNKhjCS

25/06/22

On their way home! https://t.co/5zTstrpTdV

25/06/22

All finished and about to leave! 40 mins until at home. https://t.co/yk1BoUJCtl

25/06/22

And the last group are off! https://t.co/aqkWkLBOqX

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Help your child beat exam stress

Tests and exams can be a challenging part of school life for children and young people and their parents or carers. But there are ways to ease the stress.

Watch for signs of stress

Children and young people who are stressed may:

  • worry a lot
  • feel tense
  • have headaches and stomach pains
  • not sleep well
  • be irritable
  • lose interest in food or eat more than normal
  • not enjoy activities they previously enjoyed
  • be negative and have a low mood
  • feel hopeless about the future

Having someone to talk to about their work can help. Support from a parent, tutor or study buddy can help young people share their worries and keep things in perspective.

Encourage your child to talk to a member of school staff who they feel is supportive. If you think your child is not coping, it may also be helpful for you to talk to their teachers.

Try to involve your child as much as possible.

Make sure your child eats well

A balanced diet is vital for your child's health and can help them feel well during exam periods.

Some parents find high-fat, high-sugar and high-caffeine foods and drinks, such as energy drinks, cola, sweets, chocolate, burgers, and chips, make their children hyperactive, irritable and moody.

Where possible, involve your child in shopping for food and encourage them to choose some healthy snacks.

Help your child get enough sleep

Good sleep improves thinking and concentration. Most teenagers need 8 to 10 hours' sleep a night.

Allow half an hour or so for your child to wind down between studying, watching TV or using a computer and going to bed, to help them get a good night's sleep.

Cramming all night before an exam is usually a bad idea. Sleep will benefit your child far more than a few hours of panicky last-minute study.

Be flexible during exams

Be flexible around exam time. When your child is revising all day, do not worry about household jobs left undone or untidy bedrooms.

Staying calm yourself can help. Remember, exams do not last forever.

The Family Lives website has more about coping with exam stress.

Help them study

Make sure your child has somewhere comfortable to study. Ask them how you can support them with their revision.

Help them come up with practical ideas that will help them revise, such as drawing up a revision schedule or getting hold of past papers for practice.

To motivate your child, encourage them to think about their goals in life and see how their revision and exams are related to them.

Talk about exam nerves

Remind your child that it's normal to feel anxious. Nervousness is a natural reaction to exams. The key is to put these nerves to positive use.

If anxiety is getting in the way rather than helping, encourage your child to practise the activities they'll be doing on the day of the exam. This will help it feel less scary.

For example, this may involve doing practice papers under exam conditions or seeing the exam hall beforehand. School staff should be able to help with this.

Help your child face their fears and see these activities through, rather than avoiding them.  

Encourage them to think about what they know and the time they've already put into studying to help them feel more confident.

Encourage exercise during exams

Exercise can help boost energy levels, clear the mind and relieve stress. It does not matter what it is – walking, cycling, swimming, football and dancing are all effective.

Activities that involve other people can be particularly helpful.

Do not add to the pressure

Support group Childline says many children who contact them feel that most pressure at exam time comes from their family.

Listen to your child, give them support and avoid criticism.

Before they go in for a test or exam, be reassuring and positive. Let them know that failing is not the end of the world. If things do not go well, they may be able to take the exam again.

After each exam, encourage your child to talk it through with you. Discuss the parts that went well rather than focusing on the questions they found difficult. Then move on and focus on the next test, rather than dwelling on things that cannot be changed.

See Childline's advice on exam stress and pressure.

Make time for treats

With your child, think about rewards for doing revision and getting through each exam.

Rewards do not need to be big or expensive. They can include simple things like making their favourite meal or watching TV.

When the exams are over, help your child celebrate by organising an end-of-exams treat.

When to get help

Some young people feel much better when exams are over, but that's not the case for all young people.

Get help if your child's anxiety or low mood is severe, persists and interferes with their everyday life. Seeing a GP is a good place to start.

Read more about anxiety in children.

The NHS provides a range of help and information which can be found here: NHS website.

Please also visit the Health and Wellbeing section of the school website by clicking HERE.