Exams

Please click the link below to view the Exam Stress – Guide for Students

Key Dates for 2020-2021

Mock Examinations

Dates for mock examinations to be confirmed.

Summer GCE and GCSE Examinations

First Exam Day in Series: 26th May 2021
Last Exam Day in Series: 2nd July 2021

Students should be available throughout this period in the event that any exams need to be re-scheduled due to outside events.

Summer Results Days

GCE Results Issue Day: 24th August 2021
GCSE Results Issue Day: 27th August 2021

Information regarding the arrangements for results day will be sent after the students’ last exam.

Candidate Instructions

Instructions for all candidates sitting external examinationswill be published once they are released.

GCSE English and English Literature revision website

English teachers and directors from across the Trust have created a revision website which is closely tailored to the messages students receive in their English lessons. We have a wealth of expertise in delivering the WJEC/Eduqas specifications that all our academies use for English and our website ensures that students can access advice and materials which will help them to achieve the best grades they can at any time. Students will need their academy Google login details to access the website.

The website can be accessed by following this link: revision.english.outwood.com

Information for students and parents

Examinations can be a stressful time for all of the family, not just the student actually taking the examination. In this section, you’ll find revision tips, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and all of the official information from JCQ that is given to students every year.

Revision Tips

1 – Get Organised
Start your revision early and make sure you know all the dates of your exams. Check for revision sessions being held by your teachers – you can be sure there’ll be at least one for each department every week. Make sure you’ve got everything you need – textbooks, notes, past papers, pens etc – and log-on to the exam board website for even more information.
2 – Go Public
Make a revision timetable on a large piece of paper and post it up somewhere at home that everyone can see it. That way, everyone knows what you are meant to be studying and when. Strangely enough, letting other people know your plans actually lightens the load, because then it’s not just down to you to motivate yourself and you’ll have better chance of sticking to it.
3 – De-digitalise
You should unplug your computer or laptop, as it can be too tempting to go off roaming the wide, open spaces of Web-fordshire, instead of ploughing through Pythagorus’ Theorem. It is also important to turn off your mobile phone (one distraction too many). Of course, a ten minute ‘surfing’ break every now and then will help but be strict with yourself and go back to your revision.
4 – Come up with mnemonics
The word stands for Make Names Easily Memorable by Organising Nominated Initial Characters. The website Student UK suggests My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas as a way of remembering the nine planets in order of distance from the sun (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto). Try and come up with names or phrases that will help you – or ask your teacher to help you.
5 – Believe in bananas
Take a leaf out of the top tennis players’ book and make use of this potassium-rich performance-enhancer to raise your energy levels. When Federer and Nadal need a lift, they don’t reach for a courtside cup of black coffee or can of energy drink, they dip into their kitbags and unzip a banana.
6 – Quality time
Ask friends over for a revision session. With things like dates and vocabulary, it’s always better if someone else is testing you, rather than you testing yourself (and peeking at the answers) – but make sure you stick to the subject!
7 – Watch television
Of course you shouldn’t try to learn the periodic table of chemical elements while watching Friends reruns or a TOWIE special. But that doesn’t mean you can’t record a favourite programme and watch it as a treat, between your revision sessions.
8 – Keep Healthy
You can do all the revision in the world but if you fall asleep in the exam because your revision runs into the early hours, it’ll count for nothing! Eat well, exercise regularly and make sure you get enough sleep in the run up to your exams to give yourself the best possible chances to achieve your potential.

Exam FAQs

My timetable is wrong – how do I change it?

If you think an exam is missing or if you’ve been entered for the wrong one, you will need to speak to your teacher or the Head of Department for that subject. The exams office can only change a student’s exam timetable on instruction from a member of the teaching staff.

Where will I be sitting and what time do I have to be there?

For every exam, the seating plans will be on display prior to each exam on the exam noticeboard outside the Bridge. Your timetable will show you the start time of the exam but you must be at the exam room AT LEAST 15 minutes before the start time. Check notices for where and when you will be registering for each exam

I’ve got more than one exam at the same time – what happens?

You will usually be able to take one exam straight after the other but if this is not possible, the exams office will speak to you and arrange for one of your exams to be moved to earlier or later in the day – you will also be supervised between the exams to make sure the security of the exam is maintained.

What do I do if I’m late for my exam?

Firstly, don’t panic! If you arrive less than half an hour late, go straight to your exam room – the invigilators will make sure you can start your exam as soon as you arrive. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, go to the Attendance Office and a member of staff will bring you to the exam room.

What if I am ill?

If you are ill before the exam, or after the exam has started, speak to the exams office or one of the invigilators. If you are too ill to come in for your exam, please let the exam office know before the exam or as soon as possible afterwards – if you are absent from an exam without valid reason, your parent/guardian may be charged for the cost of the exam entry.

COVID-19 FAQs

What if I have symptoms of Coronavirus?

Any candidate with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) must stay at home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and must not leave their homes. The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of either a:

new continuous cough
high temperature
loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Candidates should stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).
Candidates will be unable to take exams during their period of isolation. If the candidate is not tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), they must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

I have been told to isolate in line with public health advice, what do I do?

Where a member of the candidate’s household is symptomatic, the candidate must isolate for 14 days from the onset of their household member’s symptoms. They cannot take exams during that period. This also applies if the candidate is asked to isolate following contact with someone with the virus. Candidates cannot take exams during their period of isolation.

Candidates in quarantine following certain foreign travel must not attend exams during their period of quarantine. See guidance on travel corridors for an up to date list of countries where quarantine is not required in England.

Information for former students when collecting certificates

Please be aware that all certificates are held in secure storage and access may not always be available. With this in mind it is suggested that anyone wanting to collect certificates should contact the exams office to give advance notice, as it may not always be possible to fulfil requests made at reception in person.

If you are collecting certificates on behalf of someone else, it is essential that you have their date of birth and written permission to do so. This also applies to parents collecting certificates on behalf of their son/daughter for data protection purposes.

Certificates from summer 2020 exams will become available for collection in November 2020. Please contact the exams office to arrange for your certificates to be made available at reception prior to arriving.

If you are collecting certificates on behalf of someone else, you will require written permissions to do so.

Please be aware that certificates that aren’t collected will be securely destroyed after a period of 12 months.

Information for students with results prior to 2017 or if you have lost your certificates

We have no results for Students prior to Summer 2017. If you attended the school before then you will need to contact the exam board concerned. There is a charge of £50 per exam board to get replacement certificates and results. It may also take them four weeks to find them

A list of exam boards can be found here

CSE Exams taken between 1965 and 1987: “https://www.aqa.org.uk/contact-us/past-results-and-lost-certificates/cse-exams-taken-1965-1987”

Other Exams

“https://www.aqa.org.uk/contact-us/past-results-and-lost-certificates/non-cse-exams”