EXAM INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS/CARERS
Additional Autumn 2021 Exams Series
For Summer 2021 exams candidates, the additional Autumn exam series provides you with an opportunity to improve any grades you are not satisfied with. The deadline for entries is 4th October 2021 and the exams run for just over a month from 1st November 2021. The provisional timetable can be found below but please contact the exams office for confirmed dates and to request any entries.
Exam Certificate Collection
Summer 2021 exam certificates will be available for students to collect on the following dates/times:
- Thursday 9th December 2021 from 3.15-5.30pm
- Tuesday 14th December 2021 from 3.15-5.30pm
From January 2022, any uncollected 2017-2021 exam certificates can be collected from the main Visitor Reception of Mangotsfield School on term-time school days between 9.00-3.00pm by prior agreement - please email Mr Whitehead (Exams Officer) at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a convenient date/time.
Exam certificates are legal documents and students are required to sign to confirm receipt of their certificates. If students are not able to collect them in person, they can complete and sign the tear-off slip in the document below (or create their own version) and give it to the person they authorise to collect the certificates on their behalf, ensuring that this person takes photo ID with them as proof of their identity.
It is each student’s responsibility to collect their certificates. Certificates not collected within four years of their release will be securely disposed of. Replacement certificates are not generally available for GCSEs and examination boards may charge for replacement certificates of other qualifications (if they offer a replacement service at all). If your GCSE certificates have been disposed of then your only option may be to contact the exam boards for a 'Certified Statement of Results'. Please note that Mangotsfield School will not pay the cost of any replacement certificates or Certified Statements of Results.
For further information:
KS4 Pre Public Exams (PPEs)
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 normally sit at least two 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.
Year 11 PPE (1): 2nd - 11th November 2021
Year 11 PPE (2): 28th February - 9th March 2022
Year 10 PPE: (TBC, May/June)
Our exam-related policies are viewable here:
- Access Arrangements Policy 2020-21
- Candidate Identification Procedure 2020-21
- Complaints and Appeals Procedure Exams 2020-21
- Emergency Evacuation Policy Exams 2020-21
- Equalities Policy Exams 2020-21
- Exam Contingency Plan 2020-21
- Exams Archiving Policy 2019-20
- EXAMS POLICY 2020-21
- Internal Appeals Procedure Internal Assessment Decisions 2020-21
- Internal Appeals Procedure Review of Results Appeals 2020-21
- Lockdown Policy Exams 2019-20
- Mangotsfield Centre TAG Policy docx
- Non-examination Assessment Policy 2020-21
- Special Consideration Policy 2019-20
- Word Processor Policy Exams 2020-21
For other school-wide and trust-wide policies, please see our Policies webpage.
Entry for Formal Exams
Students will receive a Statement of Entry and an Individual Candidate Timetable; they must check these very carefully to ensure that their entries are correct. If students have any queries regarding their entries, they should speak to the subject teacher / subject head and for any exam organisation queries, please speak to the Exams Officer.
By being entered for formal exams, students agree to abide by the regulations of the exam boards. Copies of the current Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations are shown below. 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.
- 2020-21 IMPORTANT - Unauthorised Items
- 2020-21 IMPORTANT - Warning to Candidates
- 2020-21 Info for Candidates - Coursework Assessments
- 2020-21 Info for Candidates - Non-Exam Assessments NEA
- 2020-21 Info for Candidates - On-Screen Examinations
- 2020-21 Info for Candidates - Privacy-Notice
- 2020-21 Info for Candidates - Social Media
- 2020-21 Info for Candidates - Written Examinations
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 immediately and get a message to the Exams Officer.
If a student's normal way or working in class involves some kind of additional support, they should be eligible to apply for Access Arrangements to be in place for their exams. If the student goes through difficult personal circumstances during the exams, Special Consideration may also be applied for. You may find this guide helpful in providing an overview of these features.
If any problems arise during the exam season, students should speak to the appropriate person as soon as possible:
Exams Officer: Mr Whitehead (email@example.com)
Special Educational Needs Coordinator/ Access Arrangements: Mr Marsh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Attendance at Exams
Students are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of each exam. 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. 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.
Students are responsible for checking their own timetable and arriving at school on the correct day and time.
If students miss an exam without good reason, parent/carers will be charged the full examination entry fee.
Students are to wait quietly outside their exam room until they are invited to enter by the exam staff.
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
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 other than their own possessions. It is an offence to remove exam materials from the exam room.
Mobile Phones etc.
MOBILE PHONES, MP3/4 PLAYERS, SMARTWATCHES or POTENTIAL TECHNOLOGICAL/ WEB ENABLED SOURCES OF INFORMATION must be switched off and left in the student's bag at the back of the exam room. Possession of such unauthorised items or these items being left/switched on is a serious offence and students will be escorted from the exam room if their device is found on them or left/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 generally NOT allowed to bring in any other food or drink into the exam room.
Please 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.
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 content of the paper, they should put their hand up and wait for an invigilator. If additional paper is required, students must also put up their hand to attract the invigilator's attention.
Students are required to attend every exam shown on their timetable in full school uniform. The school reserves the right to refuse any student admission to an exam if they are not dressed appropriately.
Year 11 Exam Support and Revision
Please visit our dedicated web page which deals with revision skills, a revision timetable, specific subject guides, etc.
Year 11 Subjects Overview
Details of all Year 11 subject qualification types, exam boards and QAN codes:
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 fall ill during an exam?
If you feel unwell during an exam, raise your hand and wait for an invigilator to come to you. You may be able to be given a supervised rest and to discuss your options with school staff.
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.