DS is in bed - rotten headache. Mocks week and feels the pressure. Worried that he hasn't been able to revise this afternoon/evening for his final mock tomorrow morning (History). He looks so pale.
If he's OK, he should of course go in and do his best. But if he's still feeling rotten or has a very bad night, could he possible do this exam another time? Under exam conditions at home or another time at school. Anyone with a DC who's done this? School is big - bit anonymous - but must have contingency plans. Be different with a 'real' exam, I guess.
Many thanks, all. I told DS that if he really couldn't get in, it would be alright - the school would understand and sort something out. (I mentioned MN and he seemed impressed that we mums get down to that level of detail on our threads!)
Anyway, he went into school, tired but OK and said that it wasn't too awful - I think he's glad he made the effort but it was good to have your advice because things might have been rather different.
I think it's good practice to go ahead and do it, because you never know what might happen for the real thing. DS did his mocks last week a day after his grandfather died unexpectedly. Rightly or wrongly, he went in and did the exams, and found it very difficult to concentrate. I phoned his form teacher and explained the situation, but asked for no fuss. Well done to your DS for going in!
I don't think mocks are that important tbh. My friends dd has missed a couple now due to uni interviews and the school rang her mum to complain. What are you supposed to do if you have interviews or are sick. The real ones are what is important.