Exam Support for students and parents

For GCSE exam timetables, revision guidelines, how we let you know your child's progress so far and what you can do to help them achieve their potential, click here to be taken to our Exams, Revision, Reports section under the Academic tab. For exam procedures please read below.

Exam clashes

If you have identified a clash on your default timetable, please speak to the Exams Office immediately. They will make individual arrangements for you to sit your exams.

Exam location

The examinations will generally take place in the Main Hall and the Gym but in some cases may be in other rooms around the school. You will be advised if this applies to you.

Exam times

Examinations will normally begin at 9.00am in the morning and 1.00pm or 1.30pm in the afternoon. Please arrive promptly and wait outside the side door ready to enter the room ten minutes before the start of the exam. Please make the appropriate transport arrangements to ensure that you are at school in time to start the examination at the right time. If you are late, telephone reception on 01344 624826. You should still come into school as soon as possible and start the examination late. You are not allowed to sit the examination if you arrive 1 hour after an examination has started in the case of any paper over an hour long or, for papers of less than an hour, if you arrive once the paper has been completed.


You must inform the exams office if you are unable to take an examination because you are ill, either by telephone 01344 298749 or by e-mail to the exams office. On the same day you must also contact your doctor's surgery to seek medical advice. A JCQ self certification form (Form 14) is always required if you miss an examination through illness. A copy of this form can be collected from the Exams Office and failure to complete the form will result in you being charged a withdrawal fee. You, the school, your surgery and your parent are all required to sign the form. It must be sent to the school as soon as possible. The Examination Boards will decide whether they can award a grade or whether you will need to sit the examination at the next session.


What you can and cannot bring into the exam room

Potential technological / web enabled sources of information such as Mobile Phones, iPods, MP3 players or pagers are not allowed in the examination room. They must be switched off and put in the clear plastic wallet provided on your desk. They will be locked in the Examinations Office until the end of the examination when they will be returned to you.

Due to the increase of digital watches with data storage facility ALL watches will be collected at the beginning of every exam and put in the clear plastic wallet provided on your desk. Clocks are provided in every exam room.

In addition all other valuables, such as wallets and purses, should also be put in the clear plastic wallet provided as the School is not responsible for theft from bags. They will be locked in the Examinations Office until the end of the examination when they will be returned to you.

Only clear plastic pencil cases are allowed in the room. You must bring all pens (black ink only), pencils etc. that you will need to use in your examinations. These are the only items allowed on your exam desk. You are not allowed to borrow anything from another candidate during the examination. Tippex, correcting pens, fluid or tape, highlighters or gel pens are not allowed. Food, soft drinks or any mascots etc. are not allowed. You can bring water in a clear bottle with all labels removed, which must be put on the floor.

You may use a calculator unless you are told either on the paper or by an invigilator, that you must not. If you use a calculator, it is your responsibility to check that it works properly i.e. the battery is not flat and anything stored in it is cleared. The lid of the calculator and operating instructions must be left outside the examination room.

You must not use a dictionary or computer spell checker unless told that you may do so.

Other information

  • If you feel ill during the examination or wish to communicate with an invigilator for any reason, you must raise your hand and wait for them to come over and speak to you.
  • If there is a fire alarm, you will be instructed about the procedure to follow by the invigilators.
  • You will not be allowed to leave the examination room before the published end time.
  • If afternoon examinations finish after the school buses have left it is your responsibility to make other arrangements for your journey home.
  • A code of conduct for the examinations will be read out at the start of each examination. Please listen and follow this in order to satisfy the regulations of the Examinations Boards.
  • It is your responsibility to ask your subject teacher prior to the examinations if there is anything you do not understand regarding your examinations.
  • Please ensure that your telephone contact details are up to date by checking on the Learning Gateway, this is particularly important if we need to contact you at short notice before an examination.


How do you cope with exam stress?

  • What is the best approach to exams?
  • How can I de-stress?
  • What should I do if things are getting on top of me?

If you are approaching exams and these sort of questions are relevant to you, you will probably find our booklet helpful. Please click on the image below to read more.

Joint Council for Qualifications

If you are sitting either a written examination this year or an on-screen test, please click accordingly to read the guidelines issued by the exam boards.

It is important that you understand the regulations surrounding GCE Coursework Assessments and GCSE Controlled Assessments for the preparation of your work, to know what is considered to be plagiarism and the penalties for breaking the regulations.  Please use the highlighted links to read the regulations provided by the JCQ.  In addition you should familiarise yourself with the regulations regarding