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Exam Information

Throughout the academic year, there will be important exam updates and information displayed here for our pupils and parents.
If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact our Exams Officer, Mr Croxford, here at the Academy, who will be more than happy to help you.

Candidate and Parent/Carer Pre-Exam Information


Exam Timetable

 *Please note that the Summer 2024 Exam Timetable is subject to amendments. Pupils will receive their own personalised copy of the timetable during Term 4*

 Key Dates 2023 - 2024

GCSE Exams: Thursday 9 May 2024 - Wednesday 19 June 2024

Exam Contingency Afternoons: Thursday 6 June & 13 June 2024

Exam Contingency Day: Wednesday 26 June 2024

GCSE Results Day: Thursday 22 August 2024

Presentation Evening - 14 November 2024

Exam Policies 

Exam related policies and procedures can be found under 'Policies' within the 'Our Academy' section.

Exam Board Websites


Edexcel / Pearson




Exam Equipment

Pupils must bring the correct equipment for their examinations with the following being the minimum required for all exams*; Black Pens (x2), Pencils (x2), Rubber / Eraser (x1), 30cm Ruler (x1).

*Subject teachers can provide information for additional equipment that you are expected to take into a specific exam. 

Pupils can purchase exam equipment packs from Pupil Reception for £5.00. The packs consist of; 1 x clear pencil case, 2 x black pens, 2 x coloured pens, 2 x pencils, 1 x 30cm ruler, 1 x 15cm ruler, 1 x rubber, 1 x compass & pencil and 1 x protractor.

Calculators are also available to purchase for £8.00 from Pupil Reception.

Examination Rules, Regulations & Guides 

Pupils, Parents / Carers must read the information below regarding examination rules and regulations.



What do I do if there is a mistake on my exam timetable?

You should speak with the Exams Officer and your subject teacher as soon as you can.

What happens if I have more than one exam at the same time?

This is called an "Exam Clash". The Exams Officer will resolve this clash for you and provide you with all of the information you need. 

What time does my exam start?

Morning Exams begin at 08:50am

Afternoon Exams begin at 1:00pm - exam times may vary depending on the length of exam.

I have lost my exam timetable, what do I do?

A second copy is posted home for your parents/carers, but you can ask the Exams Officer for another copy to be printed for you.

What do I do if I am unwell on the day on my exam?

You must try and attend all of your exams, even if you are feeling unwell. However, in cases where you cannot attend, you must ring the Academy as soon as possible.

What happens if I am unwell during my exam?

You should put your hand up and speak to an invigilator. 

What happens if I arrive late for my exam?

You should arrive at school within plenty of time prior to your exam starting. If you arrive more than 1 hour after the official start time (where an exam is more than 1 hour), we have to inform the awarding body, and they will decide whether to mark your paper or not. 

Can I leave the exam early?

No, you must remain in the exam hall until the end of the exam.

Can I sit my exam on a different day?

No, you must sit the paper on the specified date. 

Where do I keep my mobile phone/earphones/watch (analogue/smartwatch) whilst I am in the exam?

You should keep these locked away in your locker, or in your bag, or you can hand them in to the invigilators when you enter the exam hall for them to keep them safe.

Can I take in revision notes or spare paper into my exam?

No, all materials must be left in your bag.


Former Pupils

Any unclaimed certificates are only kept for a 12-month period from date of issue; after which they are either destroyed or sent back to the relevant exam boards. We do not keep, or hold, copies of certificates. 

If you have not claimed your certificates within the 12-month period from date of issue, or have lost your certificates, you will need to contact the individual exam boards to obtain replacements.

AQA Past Results & Lost Certificates 

Edexcel/Pearson Certificate Services 

OCR Replacement Certificates 

 WJEC Replacement Certificates