Please note that external exams take place during November, January and March as well as in April, May and June. There will be GCSE controlled tests most of the rest of the year in most other subjects. Please avoid commitments during these periods.
Mock exams for Year 11 will take place in December/January. Decisions about which subjects will be entered and about tiers of entry will be affected by students' mock results as well as how they have done during the course. It is important that pupils allow adequate time for revision for these examinations. This will not be possible if they are still working on outstanding assignments so completion of outstanding work must be priority.
Each student is supported through the GCSE entry process and the exam period by a back-up team of staff which includes the Exams Officer, the Head of Year, tutors and subject teachers. Nonetheless, the person who is best placed to know all the details of any individual pupil's entry is that pupil him or herself. Parents can play a valuable role in the double-checking their children's schedules. Please be aware that exams are throughout the academic year and not only in the summer term.
Any problems should be brought to the attention of Mrs Janine Bell (Exams Officer) or, if subject related to the relevant Head of Department as soon as possible.
There are significant numbers of mobile phone disqualifications every year by the Exam Boards. Candidates do not need to talk about the exam in order to be disqualified - a mobile ringing is sufficient. We warn candidates that they should not have phones, pagers, MP3 players, or any texting device in the exam room. We display notices to this effect.
No food should be brought into exam rooms. However, if candidates wish to bring water into the exam room they should supply still water in a clear unlabelled bottle. Water bottles should be placed on the floor, not on the desk.
There are many other regulations which are communicated to candidates in Assemblies and on paper.
Mock exams for Year 11 will take place in December/January. Decisions about which subjects will be entered in February and about tiers of entry will be affected by students' mock results. It is therefore important that pupils allow adequate time for revision for these examinations. This will not be possible if they are still working on outstanding assignments so completion of outstanding Controlled Assessments is a priority. During the mock exam period, absence should be avoided if at all possible: completing papers at home or on holiday is undesirable.
Mrs Janine Bell
02380 269026 extension 305
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