Frequently Asked Exam Questions


Please look through the questions and answers below. If you cannot find the answer to your questions, please feel free to contact the Examinations Officer, Mrs Turland:


Phone: (020) 8974 1156 ext. 203


On examination days it is best to contact school reception on (020) 8974 1156 and leave a message.

Q1: Who is responsible for the examinations?

A1: The centre’s Examinations Officer is responsible for administering all public examination arrangements and for oversight of students during examinations, under the direct responsibility of the Head of Centre, the Principal. There is a team of trained invigilators who will be present during the examinations at all times. The awarding bodies or examination boards set down strict rules and regulations, which must be followed, for the conduct of examinations and the centre is required to follow them precisely.

Q2: What are the dates of the examinations?

A2: Please see the exam timetables section on our website. Individual provisional examination timetables, printed on yellow paper, are issued to students after the entries have been made, showing the subjects entered and dates of the examinations. By the end of April students will receive a final timetable, printed on white paper. The yellow copy should then be destroyed. These should be checked carefully and kept safely by the candidate. Students who lose their timetables may be charged for a replacement copy. It is helpful if parents make a note of the dates and sessions.

Q3: What time do the examinations begin?

A3: Candidates should arrive no later than 8:45 for morning examinations which start at 9:00 and 13:00 for afternoon examinations which start at 13:15.  The length of examination papers varies and they will frequently not finish until after the normal end of the school day.  Students and parents should be aware of this and make appropriate arrangements for getting home.  Students will not be allowed out of an examination early for any reason.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to be aware of the start time of each examination.  Please ensure your daughter/son checks her/his examination commitments for each day on the previous evening.

Q4: What happens if a student is late?

A4: If parents are aware that their daughter/son has got the timing of an examination wrong and has missed the starting time, they should telephone the school immediately and get a message to the Examinations Officer.  Depending on how long the examination has been in progress, it may be possible for the candidate to be admitted.  However, we are bound by examination board regulations on this matter.  Candidates who arrive more than 1 hour after the start of the examination or after the examination has finished will not be admitted.

Q5: What should students bring to the examinations?

A5: Candidates should bring all equipment required for each examination, i.e. pens and pencils, Mathematics equipment, coloured pencils (if required), erasers, pencil sharpener, etc. in a transparent plastic bag or pencil case.  Non-transparent pencil boxes or cases will not be permitted in the examination room. Pens should be black ink or black ballpoint only. Some subject papers will require the use of dictionaries or set texts, and candidates will be advised by their subject teachers about this.


Q6: What is not allowed?

A6: Some items are strictly banned and should not be brought into the examination room under any circumstances. The examination boards treat mere possession of these items, even if switched off, as an infringement:

      1. Mobile phones
      2. iPods
      3. MP3 players
      4. Pagers
      5. Products with an electronic communication/storage device or digital facility.
      6. Calculator case or lid or instruction leaflet
      7. Revision notes, books or papers

Any student found to have a phone or any of the above items in the examination room will be reported to the appropriate examination board.  Should this happen they are likely to be disqualified from that paper and possibly from the whole examination in that subject. The use of Tippex or correction pens is not permitted. Candidates should not bring lucky mascots, etc. into the examination room. No food or chewing gum is allowed but candidates may bring a clear unlabelled bottle of still water with them if they wish, preferably with a sports cap.

Q7: Are calculators permitted?

A7: In papers where calculators are permitted, candidates are responsible for ensuring that their calculators meet the examination boards’ requirements.   Please note that all students will be required to remove the lid of their calculator before entering the examination room.










Q8: What happens if a student does not turn up for an examination?

A8: Student who is absent from any examination without presenting a doctor’s note or a satisfactory reason will receive a grade based only on those elements of the examination which have been completed.  Parents should be aware that the centre will seek to recover the examination fees from them if a student does not turn up for an examination.

Q9: What should students wear for examinations?

A9: Students must wear correct school uniform.  We ask for the co-operation of parents in ensuring candidates are correctly dressed.  All students know the uniform rules and it is their responsibility to ensure they observe them.  Coats and bags should be left in designated areas.

Q10: What do I do if my daughter/son is unwell for an examination?

A10: Please telephone the school if your daughter/son is unwell on the day of an examination.  It is always advisable for a candidate to attempt the examination, even if they are feeling unwell.  If they sit the examination and a doctor’s letter can be provided it may be possible to apply for special consideration by the examination board.  However, any adjustment is likely to be small and no feedback is provided by the examination board.

If a student is too ill to sit an examination a medical certificate or doctor’s letter must be obtained for the day or days of examinations missed.  This must be forwarded without delay to the Examinations Officer who will then inform the examination board.  It may be possible for the student to be awarded a final grade where a certificate has been provided.

Q11: What happens if a student has problems that may affect her/his performance?

A11: Any illness or family circumstances, which may affect examination performance, arising shortly before or during the examinations, should be notified as soon as possible to the Examinations Officer so that an application for special consideration can be made to the examination boards.  Parents should be aware that any adjustment is likely to be small and that no feedback is ever provided. 

Q12: When and how are the results distributed?

A12: Results for the January exams will be distributed to students in school when received from the examination boards.

Results for the Summer examinations will be available to collect from school on a specified date in August between 10.00 and 12.00.

Students wishing for a relative or friend to collect their results must send a signed letter of authorisation with the collector.  Results will not be given over the telephone under any circumstances.

Any uncollected results will normally be posted first class on the day they were available for collection or retained in school for collection by the student.

Q13: When and how are certificates distributed?

A13: Examination certificates are given to students who attend Presentation Evening in November. 

If you require your certificates to be posted to you, a submission of £2.00 to the examinations office is required before the end of term to cover postage and packing. Alternatively you can collect your certificates from the college from the end of November. Certificates that are not collected are held for 1 year then will be destroyed.

The school is unable to issue replacement certificates and so they must be kept safely in order to be shown to institutions of further or higher education and future employers.

Individuals needing replacement certificates in the future should contact the relevant awarding bodies, details of which can be found on the Ofqual website: