Essential Advice for Candidates


Parents/carers can access their child’s exam timetable through the ‘My Child at School online portal’. Students can access their exam timetable through the student portal.

Please make sure your child can access their timetables.  Any problems accessing please contact your college admin.

Where and when are my exams?

You will receive all of this information on your individual candidate timetable.  Once you have received your individual candidate timetable:

Please check your timetable carefully and report any concerns to the Examinations Office.

Contingency Day

For the Summer 2019 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by JCQ and the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of.

This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.”

The decision comes following the tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam (or exams) in the event of an incident and rearrange them for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance.

The date that has been set aside as the contingency day, is Wednesday 26 June 2019.

This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019. This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools.

Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan.

When do I need to get to the Academy?

Morning exams start at 8:40am prompt

Afternoon exams start at 1:00pm prompt

You need to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your exam.

What should I bring?
  • Your equipment in a clear pencil case – Black pen, HB pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener, highlighter.  A calculator if required but no lids, maths set (protractor, compass etc) if required
  • You may bring a bottle of water in a clear bottle with no label
What should I NOT bring?
  • Mobile phone, iPad, iPod/MP3 player or other data or communication device
  • Food, unless you are diabetic in which case please speak to the Examinations Office before your exams about this
  • Your coat and bag. These need to be left in the cloakroom. The cloakroom will remain open until the end of your exam, even if this is after the usual end of school time.
  • No revision notes etc – nothing in your blazer pockets
What if I am ill?
  • If at all possible you should attend the examination
  • If you are unable to due to serious illness you must inform the Academy Attendance Office in the usual way, but also informing them that you are due to sit an exam
  • If you are absent due to serious illness you must provide a doctor’s letter, which needs to be given to the Examinations Office within 5 days of the exam missed. The exam board will request this.
What if I am late?
  • Do not panic!
  • Make sure you telephone the Academy and explain the situation – 01322 272111 option 7, giving an expected time of arrival
Can I leave early if I have finished?

No. Candidates leaving early can cause a disturbance that is unfair to others in the exam.

Please note that afternoon examinations may finish after the end of school so candidates may need to make arrangements to get home if you normally use the buses.