An exam cannot be rescheduled. At all. Regardless of the reason. This is because exams are taken at the same time nationally.

What to do if you are late to an exam

  • Report immediately to a member of staff as soon as you come on site.
  • Stay with a member of staff until a decision is made about whether you are too late to take the exam. This is EXTREMELY important.

Absence from examinations

    • If you are ill, are injured or have a personal problem then tell the Exams Manager as soon as possible so we can help or advise you.
    • Failure to attend an exam without a good reason can result in either the student or parent(s) being charged
    • Please note that misreading the timetable or a family holiday means a zero mark for the missed exam(s).

Accidents and Injuries

Breaks and Strains

      • Try to avoid high risk sports or activities during your exams if possible. If the worst happens let the Exams Manager know as soon as you can.
      • Depending on your injury you might be offered the use of a word processor and (possibly) extra time if appropriate.
      • In extreme cases only it might be necessary to arrange for someone to scribe for you BUT it requires a different skill to dictate your answers than it does to write them yourself so we would try to avoid this route if possible.
      • A scribe can ONLY write down what you tell them to; this ideally includes spelling and punctuation. They can draw diagrams but, again, only what you have specifically instructed them to do. They cannot interpret, correct or embellish your work and the exam board will be advised what level of assistance they have given you.

Stomach Upsets and/or Sickness

      • Contact the Exams Manager as soon as possible
      • You can come in if you have been symptom free for 24 hours
      • We will room you away from others
      • If you are still experiencing symptoms then you are not well enough to take your exam

Emergency Procedures

      • If the fire alarm sounds during an exam the Invigilators will tell you what to do.
      • Don’t panic.
      • If you have to evacuate the room you will be asked to leave in silence and in the order in which you are sitting.
      • If you are doing an onscreen test you will be instructed to SAVE your work before leaving your workstation.
      • Leave everything on your desk.
      • You will be escorted to a designated assembly point. This is NOT the normal assembly areas because you will not be permitted to meet up with students who are not taking the exam.
      • Follow the Invigilators instructions at all times.
      • You must not attempt to communicate with anyone else during the evacuation.
      • When you return to the exam room do not start writing until the Invigilator instructs you.
      • You will be allowed the full working time for the exam and a report will be sent to the awarding body detailing the incident.
      • If candidates talk during an evacuation then they risk disqualification of their own paper and the paper of any student with whom they communicate.



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