Examination Frequently Asked Questions
Lead Information and Examinations Manager: Ms E Youngs
Telephone: 01603 497742
How do I know when my son / daughter has an examination?
All students are issued with a personalised timetable by the examinations office; these are updated if there are any changes to their entries. All students in Year 11 are issued with an updated timetable with the Mock GCSE results. All other year groups are issued with their timetables via their form tutors. Students should make every effort to keep the timetable in an accessible place.
Where can I find a timetable of all Summer examinations?
A general timetable of examinations is posted on the School website. The Art, Drama and PE practicals and Language orals examinations are arranged by relevant Department.
What happens if my son / daughter has more than one examination taking place at the same time?
The examinations officer will be aware of examination clashes and students will receive written notification of the special arrangements, in some cases students will have to be isolated with supervision between morning an afternoon examinations.
How do students know where their examination will be taking place?
Examination lists / registers are displayed in the North Site dining hall and the South Site quadrant one week prior to the examination. Students MUST check the lists to find their name, the venue of the examination in marked on the right hand side of the register. These lists are in candidate number order.
How do students know where to sit in the examination hall?
Each student has a unique candidate number. Students will be seated in order of their candidate number in a snaking pattern, for example front to back then back to front again. Examination Invigilators are made aware of students with special requirements before the examination begins.
When do students need to arrive for an examination?
Morning examinations will start at 8.30 am and afternoon examinations will start at 1.45 pm. Students are asked to arrive at least 10 minutes before an examination starts. However, there are booster sessions arranged prior to most examinations taking place. Students should check with their teacher which examinations have booster sessions and where they will be taking place.
What happens if a student arrives late for an examination?
The Examination Boards have clear rules and regulations governing the lateness of students. If a student knows that they are going to arrive late they must contact the Examinations Office immediately on Norwich 497742. The Examinations Office will make every effort to contact home when a student is missing from an examination. If a student arrives very late, for example more than 30 minutes they may be allowed to take the examination but a report will be submitted to the Examination Board who will make the decision on whether or not the paper will be marked.
What should I do if my son / daughter is ill on the day of the examination?
You should contact the Examinations Office as soon as possible so that they are aware. You should obtain a letter from your GP or download the FORM14 from this website, which should be stamped by a doctor / nurse at your surgery and return to the school immediately. The decision on whether to award a mark is at the discretion of each Examination Board. You should be aware that completion of the form without supporting evidence may hinder the Examination Board and may results in no award given.
Are students allowed to leave the examination halls early?
No. Students who finish their examinations early are not allowed to leave early. Students should use any time left to check their work. Note that students who doodle / drawings on their answer books risk disqualification from the examination, these are Examination Board rules.
What are the rules regarding mobile phones / watches and web enabled equipment?
Students are not allowed 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 students allowed to take food or drinks into the examination hall?
We recommend that students take a small bottle of water into the examination with them. However, it must only be water and it must be in a clear bottle with no labels. Food will not be allowed.
What equipment does my son / daughter need to take into an examination?
All pens must be black ink. We recommend that students should have at least two spare pens. They will also need pencils, a ruler, calculator (some science examinations will require a calculator), erasers, compass, protractor and coloured pencils. All equipment should be in a clear plastic pencil case. We cannot supply equipment to all students who do not bring the correct items. Students may disadvantage themselves if they do not have the necessary equipment.
What are students allowed to wear for an examination when they have left on study leave?
All students (other than Sixth Form) must wear normal school uniform.