Study Skills and Exams

Success at KS5 depends on your habits, routines, attitudes and approaches to study. It is your behaviours, not your intelligence, that determine your results. VESPA (which stands for Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude) is a mindset that will help improve your success. Students who are successful:

  • Know what they want to achieve (VISION)
  • Complete many hours of independent study (EFFORT)
  • Organise their learning resources and their time (SYSTEMS)
  • Practice and develop their skills (PRACTICE)
  • Respond constructively to challenge (ATTITUDE)

During the first half term all sixth form students are introduced to the VESPA model through weekly Enrichment sessions. We firmly believe these qualities underpin success at KS5. 

During timetabled Enrichment sessions we also look at effective study skills and preparation for exams. We encourage students to see preparation for exams as an ongoing process of retrieval and practice rather than intensive cramming prior to an exam period.  

Useful website:

The Learning Scientists:


Page Downloads Date  
Supporting students through exams 30th Mar 2022 Download
Daily Revision Plan Holidays 30th Mar 2022 Download
Daily Revision Plan Term time 30th Mar 2022 Download
VESPA ATL 30th Mar 2022 Download
A guide to independent study 2021 22 1 30th Mar 2022 Download
Long Term Revision Plan 30th Mar 2022 Download
Student guide Coping with Exam Pressure 30th Mar 2022 Download
Exam Handbook for KS5 Candidates 30th Mar 2022 Download
16 19 Study Programmes 18th Oct 2022 Download
Preparing for exams and assessments 04th Apr 2022 Download
Preparing for exams and assessments 1 09th May 2022 Download
Student revision 2022 2 09th May 2022 Download
Yr12 Apr 24 PPE Timetable v2 22nd Feb 2024 Download