All GCSE examinations are subject to national rules and regulations set out by the relevant national bodies. This page summarises this statutory guidance.
- Non examination guidance
- Controlled assessment guidance
- On screen tests
- Privacy notice
- Social media
- Written examinations
- Mobile phone poster
- Warning to candidates
- Exam guidance for candidates and parents
Examination Conduct (how should I behave an the exam?)
All external GCSE examinations are governed by the rules of the Joint Qualifications Council (JCQ) who stipulate the expected conduct of all candidates entered for examinations. It is very important that these regulations are adhered to.
Hastings High School will expect all pupils to support the smooth running of exams – which, in turn, will result in the optimal performance of all candidates. You must:
- Arrive on time for your exam
- Be dressed in school uniform
- Bring required equipment such as pens, pencils and ruler etc.
You must not
- communicate with other pupils in the examination room (this includes non-verbal communication)
- have any unauthorised material on your person (for e.g. mobile phones, notes, smart watches, programmable calculators or ipods) **
The consequences for any pupil who breaches exam regulations are serious. Hastings High School are obliged to report any incidences of malpractice to the relevant awarding body and resulting sanctions could range from disqualification from that particular exam, to disqualification from all examinations with that particular awarding body.
** Mobile phones must switched off and handed to the invigilator for safe keeping. If in doubt – leave your phone at home.
Mock examinations will be conducted as closely as possible to external examinations. As such you will be expected to conduct yourself according to the regulations in all mock examinations. Failure to do so may result in the school refusing to enter you for external examinations.
Examination Documents (what information will I receive?)
Prior to the main examination period, candidates will receive a statement of entry. It is very important that all details are checked on this. Please check that:
- Your name is correctly spelt (as this is the name that will appear on your exam certificates and must be your legal name)
- Your date of birth is correct
- You have an entry for all the subjects that you are studying
- You have been entered at the right tier (i.e. foundation or higher)
If you have any queries with regards to any of the above it is essential that you speak with the Exams Officer.
In March of each year, candidates will all receive an individual examination handbook which will contain all sorts of important information including an individual candidate timetable. This timetable will inform you of all the dates and times of all the exams you have been entered for and will also tell you where you will be sitting.
Seating arrangements can also be checked on the Exams Notice Board near Reprographics on the main corridor.
Examination Equipment (what do I need for my exam?)
You must provide your own equipment. For most exams you will require:
- A black pen
- A spare black pen
- A pencil
- A pencil sharpener
- An eraser
- A ruler
- A calculator
For other examinations (such as Maths and Science) you will also need a compass and a protractor.
Some design technology exams allow the use of coloured pencils for completing diagrams etc. Check what you need with your teacher.
If using a pencil case, this MUST be a transparent one.
Calculators must NOT be programmable.
Am I allowed to eat or drink during an exam?
We encourage you to have a bottle of water to drink during exams. This bottle must be clear, with any labels removed and have a ‘sports’ top. Other drinks or snacks are not permitted unless there is an established medical need.
Examination Entry Fees
The cost of examination entries is paid by Hastings High School. However, if you fail to attend an exam without a legitimate reason, the school reserves the right to recover the cost. The only exception is where an examination is missed due to illness. In this case a medical certificate must be obtained from your Doctor and copied to the Exams Officer.
What Happens If….
I am late for my exam?
If the exam has not finished you will be allowed to sit the exam. If you are more than an hour late for your exam, the school will have to report this to the Awarding Body who may or may not accept your examination paper for marking. If the exam has finished, then you will be unable to sit the examination paper.
If I am feeling unwell?
If you start to feel unwell during an exam it is important that you inform the Exams Officer or a member of the Invigilation Staff. It may be possible for you to move to a different seat or venue (though this cannot be guaranteed). If you are able to get a note from your doctor to confirm that you have been unwell during the exam, it will be possible to apply for special consideration for you.
If am too ill to take the exam?
You must contact the Exams Officer on 01455 239414 to inform of your absence. To apply for special consideration for that exam, we will need a doctor’s certificate.
GCSE results are available on the 3rd Thursday in August each year. Results can only be issued to the pupil. If you wish to collect results on behalf of someone else, then that pupil must sign a note to indicate that they give permission for the issue of their results.
If you wish your results to be posted, then you must provide the Exams Officer with a stamped addressed envelope before results day.
Enquiries about results
What do I do if I am not happy with my results?
Firstly, we advise that you discuss your marks with your class teacher. It is possible to have marks reviewed in a number of ways, but it is important to consider that marks can go down as well as up. If you are very close to the grade boundary it may not be advisable to proceed with a review of marking.
Before the Exams Officer can process a request for a review of marking, you must sign a permission form.
If you have any questions regarding any of the examinations process at Hastings High School, please do not hesitate to contact Amanda Kuhnert, the Exams and Data Manager, on 01455 239414.