Frequently asked questions
What do I do if there is an error on my Statement of Entry or an exam that is listed which I am not taking?
You must inform the Examinations Officer of any errors on your Statement of Entry as soon as possible, this is in order to avoid any certification mistakes or financial penalties.
What do I do if there's a clash on my timetable?
The school will re-schedule papers internally where there is a clash of subjects on the same day. Candidates will normally sit one paper, then have a break during which they will be supervised and must not have any communication with other candidates. They will then sit the second subject paper. It may be necessary for you to bring a packed lunch if you have exams in the morning and afternoon as you will have to remain in isolation until both exams are completed. If you notice a clash on your timetable which has not been resolved you must tell the Examination Officer (Room G3) immediately.
What do I do if I am ill or have an accident before the exam?
Inform the school, at the earliest possible point so we can help or advise you. In the case of an accident that means you are unable to write it may be possible to provide you with a scribe to write your answers but we will need as much prior notice as possible.
You may need to provide medical evidence (from your GP or hospital) if you wish the school to make an appeal for Special Consideration on your behalf (see below).
What do I do if I feel ill during the exam?
Put up your hand and an invigilator will assist you. You should inform an invigilator if you feel ill before or during an exam and you feel this may have affected your performance.
If I am late can I still sit the examination?
Provided you are not more than 1 hour late (morning exams) or 30 minutes late (afternoon exams), it may still be possible for you to sit the examination. You should get to school as quickly as possible and report to Reception, but you must not enter an examination room without permission after the examination has begun. It may not be possible to allow you any extra time if you start the examination late.
You should also be aware that if you start the exam more than 30 minutes after the published starting time, the school must inform the exam board and it is possible that the Board may decide not to accept your work.
If I miss the examination can I take it on another day?
No. Timetables are regulated by exam boards and you must attend on the given date and time.
Do I have to wear school uniform?
Yes. Normal school regulations apply to uniform. Sixth formers are NOT permitted to wear coats, jackets, hooded tops, hats or scarves during an exam.
What equipment should I bring for my exams?
For most exams you should bring at least 2 pens (black ink only).
For some exams you will need a 30cm ruler (marked with cm and mm), a pencil, sharpener and rubber, compasses, protractor, coloured pencils.
Equipment must be carried in a transparent plastic bag or pencil case.
You are responsible for providing your own equipment for examinations.
Can I use my own calculator in an exam?
Yes, but you must ensure this is verified by the Examinaions Office IN ADVANCE of the exam and meets the awarding bodies' regulations (see Exam Information & Regulations for further information)
Why can’t I bring my mobile phone into the exam room?
Being in possession of a mobile ‘phone (or any other electronic communication device e.g. ipod, headphones) is regarded as cheating and is subject to severe penalty from awarding bodies, with the minimum penalties as follows:
Device found on you and turned ON – disqualification of the entire subject award.
Device found on you and turned OFF – disqualification from the specific paper you are sitting at the time.
Phone rings during the exam wherever it is in the room – the exam board must be informed and you will be disqualified from all papers for the subject (including any already taken).
Can I bring a drink and some sweets to the examinations?
No food or drink may be brought into the examination room except for a small bottle of water with the label removed.
How do I know how long the exam is?
The length of the examination is shown on your individual timetable. Invigilators will tell you when to start and finish the exam. They will write the finish time of the exam on the board at the front of the exam room. There will be a clock in all examination rooms.
Can I go to the toilet during the exam?
For exams lasting up to 2 hours: No, unless this is a medical requirement and a Medical Certificate has been submitted in advance.
For exams lasting longer than 2 hours: Yes, You will be permitted if it is absolutely necessary. You will be escorted by an invigilator and will not be allowed any extra time.
Can I leave the exam early?
It is a requirement of the exam boards that you must stay in the examination room for at least one hour after the published start time of the exam (or for the duration of the exam if it is less than one hour). It is the school’s policy NOT to allow candidates to leave the exam room early as this is disruptive to other candidates.
What do I do if I finish the exam early?
Students should use all of the available time in their exams and spend any time at the end checking their answers. Students are not permitted to leave before the end of the exam, they must sit quietly at their desks so as not to disturb other candidates.
What do I do if the fire alarm goes off?
The examination invigilators will tell you what to do. If you have to evacuate the room, leave everything on your desk and leave the room in silence. You must not attempt to communicate with any other candidiates during the evacuation.
Can students take holidays during term time?
Dates for exams are rigidly fixed by the Exam Boards and are subject to change until close to the time that the students start study leave. The Examination Officer will not give actual dates for exams to parents or students wishing to book holidays in advance. Parents are reminded that they require the Head Teacher’s permission to take students out of school.
What is an Appeal for Special Consideration?
Special consideration is an adjustment to the marks or grades of a candidate who is eligible for consideration. The allowance for Special Consideration is from 0% (consideration given but addition of marks considered inappropriate) to 5% (reserved for exceptional cases). Parents should be aware that any adjustment is likely to be small and no feedback is ever provided. Candidates will only be eligible for Special Consideration if they have been fully prepared and covered the whole course but performance in the examination or in the production of coursework is affected by adverse circumstances beyond their control. Examples of such circumstances may be illness, accident or injury, bereavement, domestic crisis. The Examination Officer must be informed immediately, so that the necessary paperwork can be completed (within 7 days of the last exam session for each subject) and the candidate will be required to provide evidence to support such an application.
I am entitled to extra time – how will this affect the way I take my exams?
Some students receive an allowance of 25% extra time. Where possible such candidates will be seated together to minimise disturbance from other candidates who finish earlier. The invigilators will include the additional time when they display the finishing time of your exam on the board