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Exams: a guide for students and parents

At Mangotsfield School, we want to make sure that our students are in the best possible position when it comes to sitting their final GCSE exams at the end of Year 11.

To do this, we give all our students the opportunities to sit 'formal' exams throughout their time at Mangotsfield School. In Key Stage 3, students sit their end of unit exams in their classes. When the students begin Key Stage 4 it is important that our students are ready for the whole exam experience and will sit Pre Public Exams (PPEs) in the exam hall with their year group. This experience ensures that students have a clear idea of what they need to address before they begin Year 11. During Year 11, students will sit several sets of PPEs. By doing this, our students have overcome their anxieties about working for a sustained period in the exam hall, understand the pressures that they will face in their 'real' GCSEs and have had support and guidance to ensure that they are fully prepared.

Summer 2019 written exams will take place from Monday 13th May to Friday 21st June 2019 (GCSE).    In addition to these dates the awarding bodies have designated up to Wednesday 26 June 2019 as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations.

GCSE results will be issued to students on Thursday 22nd August 2019 from 9.00am to 11.00am in the Main Hall at Mangotsfield School.  

Mrs Hawker, Exams Officer at Mangotsfield School, can be contacted by email at man-exams@cset.co.uk.

Information

Information for Students 2018-2019

GCSE Exam Contingency Day 

Summer written exams at the end of Year 11 will be timetabled by exam boards from Monday 13th May to Friday 21st June 2019.  The awarding bodies have designated up to Wednesday 26 June 2019 as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations.

The designation of a ‘contingency day’ within the common examination timetable is in the event of national or local disruption to examinations. It is part of the awarding bodies’ standard contingency planning for examinations.

Mangotsfield School must therefore remind candidates that they must remain available until Wednesday 26 June 2019 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan.

 Exam Certificate Collection - Summer 2018

Summer 2018 Examination Certificates will be available for students to collect from Mangotsfield School Visitor Reception on: 

  • Tuesday 11th December 2018, 2.00-5.00pm
  • Thursday 13th December 2018, 2.00-5.00pm
  • Wednesday 19th December 2018, 2.00-5.00pm
  • From January 2019, certificates can be collected any term-time Friday afternoon between 2.00-3.30pm by prior agreement - please email: man-exams@cset.co.uk.

 Please note:  Examination certificates are legal documents and students are required to sign to confirm receipt of their certificates. If students are not able to collect certificates in person, they can complete and sign the tear off slip in the document below.  Give it to the person they authorise to collect the certificates on their behalf – ensuring the person collecting certificates has photo ID with them as proof of their identity (not the student’s identity).

 It is student’s responsibility to collect their certificates. Certificates not collected within two years will be returned to the awarding examination board. Examination boards charge for replacement or lost certificates, which would be payable by the student, and some examination boards do not offer a replacement certificate service. Mangotsfield School will not pay the cost of replacement or lost certificates.

 Summer 2018 certificates can be collected any term-time Friday afternoon between 2.00-3.30pm by prior agreement - please email: man-exams@cset.co.uk .

For further information -

Examination Policies

Please see Mangotsfield School Policies - Examination Policies.  

KS4 Pre Public Exam DatesDfE GCSEs June 2017.pdf

2018-2019 dates to be confirmed

Entry for Formal Exams

By being entered for formal exams, students agree to abide by the regulations of the exam boards. 

Students will receive an individual candidate timetable; they must check this very carefully to ensure that their entries are correct. If students have any queries: for entry queries, please speak to the subject teacher or subject head and for exam organisation queries, please speak to the Exams Officer.

If any problems arise during the exam session, students should speak to the appropriate person as soon as possible:

Entry queries: Ms Hobson (man-info@cset.co.uk)

Exams Officer: Mrs Hawker (man-exams@cset.co.uk)

Special Educational Needs/consideration/access arrangements: Mr Marsh (man-info@cset.co.uk)

Students are required to attend every exam as shown on their timetable, in full school uniform. Exams cannot be rescheduled. Medical evidence will be required from a Doctor or Hospital if students are too unwell to attend an exam. If they are delayed or unable to attend an exam through illness, they must contact the absence line.

 Please note, students are expected to arrive 15 minutes before the start of each exam with the correct equipment. There are strict rules regarding late entry to the exam room and students may not be able to take the exam if they are late. .

During the exams

Exam Regulations

Copies of the current Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations are shown above. Students must read these carefully and note that any break in examination rules or regulations could lead to disqualification of some/all qualifications. The school must report any breach of regulations to the relevant awarding body.

Attendance at Exams

Students must be outside the exam room at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of the exam.

Students are responsible for checking their own timetable and arriving at school on the correct day and time.  Students are to wait quietly outside their exam room until you are invited to enter by the exam staff.

If a student arrives more than one hour late for an exam, the board must be notified. In such cases the board reserves the right not to accept the student's paper.

Do not miss any exam without a very good reason such as serious illness or injury. If students are unable to attend an exam their parent/carers must telephone the school immediately and get a message to the Exams Officer. Documentary evidence must be provided stating the reason for absence, such as a doctor's note. This must contain information about the date and nature of the illness.

If students miss an exam without good reason, parent/carers will be charged the full examination entry fee.

Equipment

It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are fully equipped for all exams.  Equipment must be brought in a clear plastic pencil case or bag.

  • Black pen plus a spare
  • Pencil plus a spare
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Calculator
  • Protractor
  • Compass

Students must write in black ink. Most exam papers are electronically scanned and blue ink is not suitable. Students must not remove any equipment or paperwork from the exam room except their own possessions, it is an offence to remove exam materials.

Mobile Phones etc

iPODs, MOBILE PHONES, MP3/4 PLAYERS, SMARTWATCHES or POTENTIAL TECHNOLOGICAL/ WEB ENABLED SOURCES OF INFORMATION must be switched off and left in the students bag at the back of the exam room. Possession of such unauthorised items or these items being switched on is a serious offence and students will be escorted from the exam room if their device is found on them or switched on. This could result in DISQUALIFICATION from the examination and overall qualification.

Food and Drink

Students are allowed to bring a clear bottle of still water into the exam room. The label must be removed and a sports cap is recommended.  Students are NOT allowed to bring in any other food or drink into the exam room. 

Graffiti

Do not write on exam desks! This is regarded as vandalism and students will be asked to pay for any damage and clean the desk. Do not graffiti or write offensive comments on exam papers. If students do, the exam board may refuse to accept the completed paper.

Communication

Students must enter the exam room in silence and face the front when seated at their exam desk.  Students must not communicate in any way with other students in the exam room at any time for any reason. If an invigilator believes students are communicating, this will be reported to the exam board and the board may decide to reduce the marks or ban students from any future exams.

During the examination, if students have a query or problem that is unrelated to the paper content, they should put your hand up and wait for an invigilator. If additional paper, is required, students must put up their hand to attract the invigilators attention. 

Dress Code

Students must attend exams in full correct school uniform. The school reserves the right to refuse any student admission to an exam if they are not dressed appropriately.

 Online Tests

A number of BTEC courses include an online test as part of the assessment process. These tests will take place at date and time arranged by the centre, however all exam rules also apply to online tests. These tests are an essential part of the course, and must be passed in order to claim the full award. Any retakes will be charged for.

FAQs

What if?..

I haven?t got an exam timetable but everyone else has?

Check with your subject teachers if you have been entered for any exams. You can collect a copy of your timetable from the Exams Officer. Your timetable is personal to you so do not just turn up to what your friend is doing.

I have an exam clash?

Depending on the total length of the exams arrangements will be made for you to take the exams one after the other, either in the morning or afternoon session. You will be supervised between the exams as you will still be in exam conditions.

I have an appointment on the same day as an exam?

You will need to change the appointment! Exams have to happen on the date and time specified by the exam board.

The fire alarm sounds?

You will be instructed by the invigilator to stop writing, close your exam paper and answer booklet. You will remain seated and in silence. If you are instructed to evacuate the room you must do so in silence and follow the instructions of the invigilator. Once you are re-seated, the exam will restart and you will be given the full working time set for the examination and the board will be informed of the events.

I feel ill during an exam?

If you feel unwell during an exam, raise your hand and wait for an invigilator to come to you.

I need special consideration?

The school can request special consideration in exceptional circumstances. Please talk to your teacher, tutor or the Exams Officer for information or advice.