Internal school examinations to continue | Portsmouth High School

Internal school examinations to continue

Depending on the year group school examinations start this week or the week after.

Some schools have opted not to hold them but for a variety of reasons we have decided to go ahead. It was thought that pupils, who have worked hard all year, would feel robbed of the chance to see what they can achieve in an end of year test. It is an opportunity to experience the style of questions especially for the older girls. It has given a focus to study too. Students may use notes but are encouraged to see what they know and understand before resorting to looking up information. Furthermore, it is chance to have time away from online lessons and work independently.

These examinations are not designed to form any lasting impression of future attainment. They are not like normal school tests in that they are written at home and unsupervised. Reports, as always, are not based wholly on the examination outcome and should reflect progress over the year.

The message to the girls is to stay calm and attempt the tests seriously but with an acceptance that technology may fail and these assessments are not the be all and end all. There are far bigger issues with which we are all contending right now. A sense of perspective is needed.

As we end the week on a bank holiday to commemorate VE Day I shall conclude with a quote from Winston Churchill “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”