The courses and exams have been changed to ensure that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century. The new GCSEs will ensure that students leave school better prepared for work or further study. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world.
Examinations timetable and policies
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- Students must not bring bags or coats to the exam and these should be left in lockers.
- All students must be in full school uniform.
- Students who have an exam starting at 9.00am should not go to registration but should line up outside by the covered walkway near the main teaching block at 8.45am.
- Students must wait quietly for a teacher or invigilator to call them into the examination hall and must enter the hall in silence.
- Students should arrive promptly for the start of all examinations, having checked the start time.
- Mobile phones, MP3 players and headphones are not allowed in school and must not be taken into any exam, even if they are switched off. Any student found with any of these items faces disqualification from public exams.
- Students arriving late will be allowed to enter the exam room and start the exam but they will not normally be given additional time.
- Invigilators will record unacceptable behaviour in a book on a daily basis, which will be followed up. Student reports will also be written for any behaviour which counts as ‘misconduct’ i.e. behaviour that could lead to disqualification. Any poor behaviour will result in communication with home and a record in your school file.
- Students must have equipment in a transparent pencil case or in a box that is left open at all times during the exam. Equipment should include black pens, HB pencils, rubber, sharpener, ruler. For some exams you may need a calculator – your teachers will have informed you if this is the case.
- Telephone calls home will be made if students are missing.
- Water bottles must not have labels on them.
- If an exam finishes during lesson time, you must go straight to your lesson.
- If the fire alarm rings, students must remain silent and follow invigilator instructions at all times.
- Finally, eat well, sleep well, work hard and good luck!
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