Public exams can be a stressful time for students and parents/carers and it is important that all those involved are as well informed as possible. The school will make every effort to ensure that our students receive the best possible preparation for their exams, that the administrative arrangements run smoothly, and that exams are conducted in a way that will cause as little stress as possible and help our students achieve their best.

If you are taking your GCSE, BTEC, AS or A-level exams this summer, be sure to take a look at our Candidate Exam Handbook, which will tell you everything you need to know about the exams process. 

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: 

Student Checklist

Before the day of your exam of assessment

Make sure you know:

  • the date, start time and location of the exam or assessment – is it in the morning or the afternoon and what time do you need to arrive by?
  • if you are permitted or required to take any specialist equipment with you and have that ready
  • who you need to contact at your school or college in case there’s an emergency and you will be late, or can’t sit your exam or assessment

On the day of your exam or assessment

What you can take in:

  • a clear pencil case
  • two or more black pens – blue pens are not acceptable for exams or written assessments
  • any specialist equipment you will need or are required to bring in – this may include a ruler, maths set and an approved calculator, if relevant for your exam or assessment (including practicals)
  • a transparent drink bottle if you wish and if permitted by your school or college – this must not have any labels

What you can’t take in :

  • your mobile phone
  • any type of watch – this includes analogue, digital or smartwatches
  • iPads, iPods, Fitbits, MP3 or MP4 players
  • revision notes - (although you should check exact requirements with your teachers as prior research might be permitted for certain VTQ assessments)

Your school or college will advise you of the arrangements for safekeeping of these items while you are sitting your exam or assessment.

Other important information

Read the front of the exam or assessment paper carefully and check that you’ve got the right paper - ask if you’re not sure.

Fill in your details on the front of the answer booklet when you are told to do so.

Do not open the question paper until you are instructed to do so.

Raise your hand and wait for an invigilator or member of staff, if you:

  • are unsure about anything
  • need additional answer sheets – don’t forget to write your details on these answer sheets too
  • need the toilet or feel unwell

For the full guidance, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-checklist/student-checklist


Important Exam Information for Candidates from JCQ (The Joint Council for Qualifications)

Please click the links below to view or download notices.

Information for Candidates Written Examinations 

Information for Candidates using Social Media 

Information for Candidates Privacy Notice

Information for Candidates Non Examination Assessments 

Information for Candidates Coursework Assessments 


Access Arrangements Guide

Candidate Absence Policy

Candidate Late Arrival Policy

Leaving the Examination Room Policy

Unauthorised Items List

Warning to Candidates

Exams Timetables

Please find the Exam Timetables in the documents section below. Candidates will also be sent their individual exam timetables in March.


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GCSE External Exam Timetable 22nd Feb 2024 Download
GCE and Vocational External Exam timetable 22nd Feb 2024 Download