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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 sit 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 here. In Key Stage 3, students sit their end of unit exams in their classes. When the students begin Key Stage 4, in Year 9, 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 is repeated in at the end of Year 10 so that the 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.

Y11 PPEs Nov 2017 - letter to students

Y11 PPEs Nov 2017 - Timetable

 Summer 2018 exams will take place from Monday 14th May to Tuesday 26th June 2018 (GCSE and GCE exams).

Exam Certificate collection

DfE GCSEs June 2017.pdf

KS4 Pre Public Exam DatesDfE GCSEs June 2017.pdf

2017-2018 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. (see regulations- Hyperlink to doc.)

You will receive a candidate timetable; please check this very carefully to ensure that your entries are correct. If you have any queries, please speak to someone as soon as possible. For entry queries, please speak to the subject teacher or subject head. For exam organisation queries, please speak to the exams officer.

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

Entry queries: info@mangotsfieldschool.org.uk FAO: Ms Hobson

Exam Officer: Mrs Hawker ( exams@mangtosfieldschool.org.uk )

Special Educational Needs/consideration/access arrangements: Mr Marsh

You are required to attend every exam as shown on your timetable. Exams cannot be rescheduled. Medical evidence will be required from a Doctor or Hospital if you are too unwell to attend an exam. If you are delayed or unable to attend an exam through illness, please contact the absence line.

 

Please note – you 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 you may not be able to take the exam if you are late. You must be in full correct uniform.

During the exams

Exam Regulations

Copies of the current regulations are to be found on the school website. You must read these carefully and note that to break any of the examination rules or regulations could lead to disqualification from all subjects. The school must report any breach of regulations to the relevant awarding body.

Attendance at Exams

Be at your exam room at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of the exam

You are responsible for checking your own timetable and arriving at school on the correct day and time, properly dressed and equipped. Please wait quietly outside your 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 you are unable to attend an exam then your parents must immediately telephone the school and get a message to the exams officer to say that you will be unable to attend. 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 you miss an exam without good reason, you will be charged the relevant entry fee.

Equipment

It is your responsibility to ensure you are fully equipped for all exams you attend. 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

You must write in black ink. Most exam papers are electronically scanned and blue ink may not be picked up. You must not take anything from the exam room except your 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

You 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. You are NOT allowed to bring in any other food or drink. This is because you may spill drink on your exam paper and the noise of eating can be distracting for other students.

Graffiti

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

Communication

You must not communicate in any way with other students in the exam room at any time for any reason. If an invigilator believes you are communicating, this will be reported to the exam board and the board may decide to reduce your marks or ban you from any exams that you are sitting.

If you have a query or problem that is unrelated to the paper content, you should put your hand up and wait for an invigilator to see you. If you require additional paper, put your hand up well in advance of running out of space. If you urgently need to leave the exam room to go to the toilet, you will be escorted by a member of staff. At all other times you must sit quietly and face the front.

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.

Exams – Summer 2018

  • Summer 2018 entry deadline is Friday 2nd February 2018.
    Candidate statement of entry will be given to students by Friday 23rd February 2018.
  • Students are required to check their Name on Certificate, date of birth, subjects and tiers (where applicable) entered.
  • Individual candidate timetables (including the subject, exam paper, tier (where applicable), date, start time, length of exam, room name and seat number for each exam) will be given to students by Monday 16th April 2018.
  • GCSE and GCE examinations will take place from Monday 14th May to Tuesday 26th June 2017.

Provisional Exam Timetable - Summer 2018 (subject to change)

Exam Results Days Summer 2018

GCE (Y12 and Y13) – Thursday 16th August 2018
(Sixth Form Centre)

GCE results will be available for collection from the Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 16th August 2018:
· A Level/A2 results from 9.00-10.30am
· AS Level results from 10.30-11.30am

GCSE Exam Results - Thursday 23rd August 2018 
(Main Hall)

GCSE results will be available for collection from the Main Hall on Thursday 23rd August 2018: 
· GCSE results from 9.00-11.30am

Please note, we DO NOT issue results over the telephone or by email.

Examination results are legal documents and students are required to sign to confirm receipt of their results. If students are not able to collect them in person, they can authorise a relative or friend to collect on their behalf – the authorised person collecting results must have the students signed authority and photo ID with them as proof of their identity (not the students identity). 

Results can be posted to a student’s home address if a stamped addressed envelope is given to the Exams Office before Friday 13th July 2018. 

Post Results Services

Enquiry About Results/Post Results Services (for example; copy of script, review of marking) are available from the Exam Boards. Students must apply and pay for Post Result Services individually; Mangotsfield School will not apply for Post Results Services on behalf of students. Forms and deadline information will be available on GCE and GCSE result days, or from Mrs Hawker (Exams Officer) - late requests will not be accepted by the Exam Boards. We will not be applying and paying for any EAR on behalf of students.

Exam Certificate Collection

(Meeting Room One, next to Main Reception)

GCE and GCSE certificates will available for collection on:

Thursday 7th December 2017 from 2.00-5.00pm
Monday 11th December 2017 from 2.00-5.00pm
Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 2.00-5.00pm
From January 2018, certificates can be collected any term-time Friday afternoon between 2.00-3.30pm by prior agreement (please email: MAN-Exams@mangotsfieldschool.org.uk)

For further information - http://www.mangotsfieldschool.org.uk/docs/Exams/Letters/Exam_Certificate_collection_-_Y11__Y12__Y13_summer_2017.pdf

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.

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