Please find below information regarding this year’s exam season.
- The night before each exam, make sure you have all necessary equipment ready – pen (black ink only), spare pen, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, ruler, calculator, protractor etc. Put all of this into a transparent pencil case, a see-through bag or hold together with an elastic band. You are not allowed to take other types of pencil cases into the exam. Tippex or eraser pens are not allowed in ANY exam.
- Once you enter the examination room you may NOT borrow any equipment from another candidate, this includes calculators.
- You cannot take your bag into the examination room.
- No drinks, sweets or food are allowed in the examination rooms.
- If you wear a wrist watch, this must be placed on your desk in view of an invigilator. Please ensure you deactivate the alarm on your wrist watch. If this is not possible, do not wear it.
- No mobile phones, MP3/4 players, ipods, smartwatches etc. should be taken into the examination room.
- For Maths (where allowed) and Science examinations a calculator will be provided. Should you choose to bring your own calculator, cases/operating instructions are not to be taken into the examination room. Programmable calculators or electronic data banks/dictionaries are not allowed, you must clear anything stored in your calculator’s memory.
- Seating plans will be displayed outside the exam room and inside the main hall before each exam. Students must gather in the main hall at least 15 minutes prior to the exam start time.
- All examinations are conducted in silence. You must be silent on your way into the exam room. You must not open or touch exam papers until instructed to do so, even if they are already placed on your desks. Listen carefully to the invigilator instructions. Do not start writing until you are told to do so. Please ensure you write your candidate number and legal name on your exam paper (this will be on the name card on your desk).
- Any attempts at cheating will be reported to your parents. You will be asked to provide a written statement along with the invigilators and any members of staff involved. The Examination boards can disqualify you from a subject regardless of any other work you have completed in school. You would therefore not receive a GCSE grade in that subject. Examples of suspected cheating include having a mobile phone on your person (even if it is not turned on), not removing your wrist watch, writing notes on your arms, attempting to talk to other students etc.
- At the end of each exam please return all borrowed equipment. You must remain silent until outside the exam room.