Students in KS4 are assessed by either examinations or controlled assessments.
Controlled assessments will take place during normal timetabled lessons and students will be notified of this by their subject teacher. They will be conducted under exam like conditions and students should prepare for these as if they were exams. All of these assessments will count for a proportion of the final GCSE grade.
External exams are subject to strict regulations, please read the following guidance documents and official notices from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
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Exam arrangements in the event of bad weather
In the event of possible school closure due to bad weather, power cuts etc students sitting their external GCSE or BTEC exams must assume that their exams will take place unless there is a note to the contrary on the school web site . The school may be closed to other students but every effort will be made to open and ensure external exams can take place.
However please note the following:
- Exams will still take place on the timetabled day and in the timetabled session, i.e. am or pm.
- Exam start times may be delayed slightly to ensure staffing arrangements are in accordance with exam regulations – students will be supervised by centre staff if necessary.
- Students should make every effort to attend their exams. If a student is going to be late for their exam or is unable to attend, please inform the school by telephone on 01827 285596 as soon as possible.
- Unless it is the final chance to take that exam it is unlikely we will be able to apply for special consideration if an exam is missed. You will need to take it in the next available session.
In the event that the school is unable to open for exams at all, we will take advice from the relevant exams board and post that advice on the school web site.
Useful information and Timetables
Please refer to the FAQ document which covers all aspects of enquiries covering exam preparation and exam day protocol.
You will find here details of how to appeal if you are unhappy with any results or internally assessed work. For concerns regarding internally assessed coursework or assessments see appeals against internally assessed marks. For concerns regarding examination grades see enquiries about results.