- All mobile phones or any potential technological / web enabled sources of information such as iPods, mobile phones, MP3/4 players, smartwatches or wrist watches which have a data storage device are not permitted in the examination halls and must be switched off and left in the dining halls – students risk disqualification. Leaving them on silent is not appropriate.
- Please do not communicate in any way with other students as soon as you enter the examination hall.
- Do not put yourself in a position where you could be accused of cheating. It is not a pleasant experience for you or anybody else and you risk disqualification.
- Use only clear pencil cases for all your equipment.
- Black pens are now a general requirement, so make sure you have some.
- Only water is permitted and should be contained in a clear bottle, without labels.
Before the Examinations
- All personal entries and timetables are issued in January. Check and return to the Examination Office by the requested date.
- If you have examinations in different subjects happening at the same time, see the Examinations Officer as soon as possible.
- Make sure that you know where your examination is taking place.
- Venues for examinations are posted in the North Site dining hall and South Site quadrant one week before each examination.
- Make sure you know which tier you are sitting before the examination.
- Some afternoon examinations may continue after school, so you may need to make alternative arrangements to get home.
- Make sure you revise in good time.
- Draw up a revision timetable, but do not be too hard on yourself, be realistic in what you can do.
- Take rests during revision periods.
- If it makes it easier, revise with a friend, test each other and have fun. It is allowed!
- Remember there is only one way to eat an elephant … one bite at a time!
- Use the BBC Bitesize revision material, they are brilliant bbc.co.uk/schools.
- Make simplified notes when you are revising, they are easier to refer to and easier to remember.
- Eat properly and get your sleep (save the partying until your examinations have finished).
- Do not go to sleep straight after revising as your brain is still active, do something which you find relaxing.
On the Big Day(s)
- Double check and make sure you know where your examination is taking place.
- In order that you are as relaxed as possible (though not too relaxed), arrive at the examination hall in good time (at least 10 minutes before the examination starts).
- Check you have the right equipment for the examination, including black pens, a calculator, pens, protractors, etc.
When you are in the Examination
- Take time to read the questions properly.
- Plan your answers.
- Manage your time. Do not get bogged down on one question and revisit that difficult question at the end.
- Try to answer all the questions.
- Where appropriate show your workings, you may still get some marks for correct methodology.
- Do not let other people’s fears put you in a panic.
Other Important Information
- If you would normally have assistance during your examinations, for example reader / scribe, please check where you should report for your examination – this will be indicated next to your name on the each examination list.
- For ‘extra time only’ students, you will be seated in the main Examination Hall.
- If you are sick, you must let the school know as soon as possible.
- Please tell the call handler that you should be sitting an examination and which examination it is.
- You will need to provide a Doctor’s letter / Form 14 for the Examinations Officer to send to the Examination Board, within five days of the examination.
- If you are going to be late arriving at school DO NOT PANIC but please let the school know as soon as possible.
- Tell us your reason for being late, what time you are likely to arrive and which examination you are due to sit.
- If the examination is still in progress you will be allowed to enter and sit the examination.
If at any stage during your examination courses you have concerns about the procedures used in assessing your internally marked work for public examinations (for example, coursework / portfolio / controlled assessments / projects) you should see the Examinations Officer, as soon as possible.
And finally after all that hard work!
Summer Examinations Results Days
If you cannot collect your results on the day and would like a parent / guardian to collect them for you, you MUST send a letter to the Examinations Officer before the end of the summer term, giving permission for your nominated person only, to collect your results.
In this incidence no results will be given out without a letter of authorisation – a text is insufficient.
These will be available for personal collection from the South Site Office from mid-December onwards. Those students who are still at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form can collect and sign for their certificates from school within a set period of time. Certificates must be kept in a safe place as replacements cannot be provided and any uncollected certificates will be destroyed. Please note the Examination Boards charge in excess of £35 for a letter confirming results, so it is important that you collect your certificates!