February 2019

The Intermediate Maths Challenge is being held on Thursday 7th February. Students from 11S/Mm1, 10S/Mm1 and 9S/Mm1 should be taking part. It will take place in Linnell Hall starting at 8:30am. Those students involved will be notified of further details nearer the date.

Year 10 BTEC Sport students have an on-screen assessment on Monday 11th February at 9:00am in LRC.

Year 11 GCSE Food students have their Practical assessment on Thursday 14th February. You need to go to L22 at 11:00am. There will be an early lunch break at 11:30am before the formal assessment starts.

In March there will be some core subject mock exams for students in Year 11. Timetables have now been issued.

Entries for the June examinations are in the process of being made and Statements of Entry will be issued to students as soon as all the entries are made. It is imperative that these are checked carefully, exam details and personal details, before being signed and returned to Mrs Eccleshall. Any mistakes need to be corrected immediately to avoid unnecessary costs.

The summer written exams start on Monday 13th May but there will be practical assessments taking place from the start of March. The last GCSE exam is timetabled for MONDAY 17th JUNE and the last GCE exam is on WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE. However, please read the following information received from JCQ:

In preparation for Summer 2019, all JCQ awarding bodies have designated Wednesday 26 June 2019 as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations. This is consistent with the qualification regulators’ document Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exam-system-contingency-plan-england-walesand-northern-ireland  The designation of a ‘contingency day’ within the common examination timetable is in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations. It is part of the awarding bodies’ standard contingency planning for examinations. Centres must, therefore, inform candidates that they must remain available until and including Wednesday 26 June 2019 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan. 

May I please remind students that they must hand in their mobile phones/i-pods/ smart watches/i-pads and any other electronic device which can store data etc to an invigilator at the start of ALL exams, regardless of the type of exam. These items should not be left in your bag. They will be returned to students at the end of the examination. It is a regulation of the Examination Boards that students must not be in possession of such items in an examination room.

May I also remind students of the need to be on time for exams. It is disruptive to other candidates in the examination room if you arrive late. There is also the possibility that the examination board may not accept your paper for marking.