An exam cannot be rescheduled so any appointments should be arranged for outside of the summer exam dates or on days when you/your child do not have an exam. You will be given your exam dates in January i.e. over 3 months before your first exam so you will have plenty of forewarning of the dates which are relevant to you/your child.
What to do if you are late to an exam
- Report immediately to a member of staff as soon as you come onto 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.
- An exam cannot be rescheduled regardless of the reason so any appointments should be arranged for dates outside of the exam season/on a day when you do not have an exam or either before or after the school day.
Absence from examinations
- If you experience difficulties during the exam period (e.g. illness, injury, personal problems) please inform the Exams Office at the earliest possible point so we can help or advise you.
- Only in ‘exceptional circumstances’ are candidates allowed special consideration for absence from any part of an exam. It is essential that medical or other appropriate evidence is obtained on the day (signed be a medical professional) by the candidate or parent/carer and given to the Exams Manager without delay. This is in all cases where an application is to be made for special consideration.
- For the award of a grade by special consideration, where a student misses part of an exam through illness or personal misfortune, a minimum of 35% of the examination (including controlled assessments) must have been completed.
- Parents and candidates are reminded that the school will require payment of entry fees (usually about £30.00 per subject) should a candidate fail to attend an exam without good reason and without informing the school beforehand.
- Please note that misreading the timetable or a family holiday will not be accepted as a satisfactory explanation of absence.
Accidents and Injuries
Breaks and Strains
You cannot perform at your best if you are in pain or cannot write for yourself so the best advice is NOT to do anything which has the potential to result in an injury. However, if the lure of the skate park or the BMX track is more than you can resist and the worst DOES happen then make sure you advise the school as soon as practically possible (ask for the Exams Manager or for Student Support Services)
You will normally 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 at all 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
Provided you are well enough to come in (there should be a period of at least 24 hours without any vomiting or diarrhoea) then there is no reason why you should not take your exam. If you are a little anxious then please speak confidentially to the Exams Manager and appropriate arrangements will be made for you.
- 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.
If you have any queries or questions then please contact the THS Exams Office staff:
Liz Ford, Exams Manager
Cathy Britton, Exams Assistant