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Important information for students


This is a useful guide for Students and Parents/Carers.  All you need to know regarding the external examinations.  Please read this document carefully.  A hard copy of this has been given to your child with their examination timetable. Click here to download a copy of this booklet


Controlled Assessments now make up a significant part of GCSE exams and in many examinations contribute to a large percentage of an overall GCSE grade.  The dates for Controlled Assessments are set by subject departments as and when they complete the relevant units. Students must check with their subject teachers when these are scheduled. Students must read the attached Information to Candidates for Controlled Assessments.

Click here to read JCQ Instructions regarding Controlled Assessments

Click here to read JCQ Instructions regarding Coursework (GCE)


All students will receive a Statement of Entry from school, prior to each examination season, indicating the subjects they are being entered for and the levels of entry where applicable. Students must check all this information is correct. Students must check all other information on their Statement of Entry very carefully, in particular personal details (date of birth, spelling of names) as these will appear on the final certificates. If changes to names are required after certificates have been issued the Examination Boards make a charge of approximately £35.00 for which the student is responsible.   


Students are advised to read the JCQ regulations ‘Warning to Candidates’ and ‘NO Mobile phone' posters to Candidates before they sit any examination.  Electronic equipment in any form, including Mobile phones; MP3’s; iPod’s, calculators in a non-calculator exam etc. are not allowed into the Examination Room.  Failure to observe the rules can result in disqualification from one or more examinations subjects. Click here to download the No Mobile Phone and Warning to Candidates notices


The school employs invigilators to conduct the examinations.  Students are expected to behave in a respectful manner towards all invigilators and follow their instructions at all times. 

Invigilators are in the examination rooms to supervise the conduct of the examination.  They will distribute and collect the examination papers, tell candidates when to start and finish the examination, hand out extra writing paper if required and deal with any problems that occur during the examination, for example if a candidate is feeling ill.

Please note that invigilators cannot discuss the examination paper with you or explain the questions. 

Pupils who are disruptive or behave in an unacceptable manner will be removed from the examination room by invigilators and members of the Senior Leadership Team.