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Exams 2022 Parent Guide

A parent/student webinar was broadcast on 17th January 2022 that outlined the DfE (Department for Education) and Ofqual adaptions for exams this summer.  In the recording, we have outlined what the arrangements for the summer season currently are and what we are working towards in case of contingency planning. 

If you wish to raise any questions as to the exams season this summer, please email us at   

Exams Handbook 2022

Exam Handbook

Exam Advance Information

The DfE decided, as a matter of policy, that advance information about the focus of the content of exams should be provided in 2022 for all subjects at GCSE, AS and A level except GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and geography and GCSE, AS and A level art and design.

You will find in the download section at the bottom of this page the information published on 7 February by the exam boards for the courses we are running for Year 11 and 13.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is responsible for examinations?

The school's Examinations Manager, Mrs H Beaumont, is responsible for administering all public examination arrangements and for overseeing the students during exams.

Can I take holidays during term time?

Dates for exams are fixed by the exam boards. The Exams Manager will not be able to give actual dates for exams to parents or students until final exam entries have been made. Parents are reminded that Abbey School will not authorise any holidays during term time.

Why do I need to check the details on my Exam Timetable?

The details on your Exam Timetable will be used when certificates are printed.  If the name or date of birth on your certificates does not match your birth certificate it could cause you problems if you are asked to show your certificates to a potential employer or for college/university in the future.  You should also check that the subjects and tiers of entry you are entered for are correct and that no subjects are missing.

My name has been misspelt on my timetable. What can I do?

We can rectify this problem very quickly.  Please come to the exams office and we will amend our records.  This will ensure that your certificate is correct. 

What do I do if there?s a clash on my timetable?

We will re-schedule papers internally (on the same day) when there is a clash of subjects.  Candidates will normally sit one subject paper followed by the second paper.  If in doubt contact the Examinations Manager. 

What do I do if I think I have the wrong paper?

Invigilators will ask you to check before the exam starts.  If you think something is wrong put your hand up and inform the invigilator immediately. 

What do I do if I forget my Candidate Number?

Candidate Numbers are on the identification cards on your desk.  Invigilators will be able to help you find your number

Where will the examinations be held?

The main venues for written examinations is the Girls Gym and Main Hall. Students with access arrangements will sit their exams in A18 and the Upper base. The venue and seat number will be printed on their personal exam timetable. Students must ensure they know both the venue and seat to avoid any delays in starting the examination.

What do I do if I forget the School Centre Number?

The Centre Number is 61350. It will be clearly displayed in the examination room.

What do I do if I have an accident or I am ill before the Exam?

Inform the school at the earliest possible point so we can help or advise you (School Reception: 01795 532633).  In the case of an accident, that means you are unable to write it may be possible to provide you with a word processor or scribe to write your answers but we will need as much prior notice as possible.  You may need to obtain medical evidence (from your GP or hospital) if you wish us to make an appeal for Special Consideration on your behalf. 

What is an Appeal for Special Consideration?

Special Consideration is an adjustment to the marks or grades of a candidate who is eligible for consideration. Parents should be aware that any adjustment is likely to be small and no feedback is ever provided.  Candidates will only be eligible for Special Consideration if they have been fully prepared and covered the whole course but performance in the exam or in the production of coursework is affected by adverse circumstances beyond their control.  Examples of such circumstances may be illness, accident or injury, bereavement, domestic crisis.  The Exams Manager must be informed immediately, so that the necessary paperwork can be completed (within 7 days of the last exam session for each subject) and the candidate will be required to provide evidence to support such an application

What do I do if I feel ill during the Examination?

Put your hand up and an invigilator will assist you.  You should inform an invigilator if you feel ill before or during an exam.

If I?m late can I still sit the Examination?

Provided you are not more than one hour late, it may still be possible for you to sit the exam.  You should get to school as quickly as possible and report to Reception.  A member of staff will escort you to the examination room.  You must not enter an examination room, without permission.

You should also be aware that if you start the exam more than 60 minutes after the published starting time, the school is obliged to inform the Exam Board and it is possible that the Board may decide not to accept your work.  Please ensure that you allow enough time to get to school so that if you are delayed (e.g. through transport problems) you will still arrive on time. 

If I miss the Examination can I take it on another day?

No.  Timetables are regulated by the Exam Boards and you must attend on the given date and time.

Do I have to wear school uniform?

Yes.  Normal school regulations apply to uniform, hair, jewellery, make-up, etc. 

What equipment should I bring for my Examinations?

For most exams you should bring at least 2 pens (black ink or black biro only). 

For Science Modules you need 2 x HB pencils. 

For Mathematics pencils must be used for diagrammatic work. 

For some exams you will need a calculator (Maths/Science), a 30cm ruler (marked with cm and mm), eraser, compasses, protractor, coloured pencil crayons (not gel pens). 

You are responsible for providing your own equipment for exams. 

You must NOT attempt to borrow equipment from another candidate during the exam. 

What items are not allowed into the Examination room?

Only authorised material is permitted in the examination room and students who are found to have any material with them that is not allowed will be reported to the appropriate Exam Board.  In such circumstances, a student would normally be disqualified from the paper or the subject concerned.  If in doubt ask!

Bags and coats and any other items not permitted under Examination regulations and must be left outside of the examination room, preferably in the storage room.  Do not bring any valuables into school when you attend for an exam. 

No food is allowed in the exam room.  However, water bottles are allowed and these should be clear bottles with a spill-proof cap.  There should be no label on the bottle. 

Why can?t I bring my mobile telephone into the Exam room?

Being in possession of a mobile ‘phone (or any other electronic communication device, e.g.  iPod, smart watch, MP3/4 Players, headphones) is regarded as cheating and is subject to severe penalty from the awarding bodies.

How do I know how long the Examination is?

The length of the exam is shown in minutes on your individual timetable under the heading ‘duration’.  Invigilators will tell you when to start and finish the Exam.  They will write the start & finish time of the Exam on a flip chart or board at the front of the Examination room.  There will be a clock in the Examination room. 

Can I leave the Examination early?

Students should use all of the available time on their exams and spend any time at the end checking their answers. In any event they are not permitted to leave before the duration of the exam. They must sit quietly at their desk so as not to disturb other candidates. 

What do I do if the fire alarm goes?

The examination invigilators will tell you what to do. If you have to evacuate the room leave everything on your desk and leave the room in silence. You must not attempt to communicate with any other candidates during the evacuation

Can I go to the toilet during the Exam?

If it is absolutely necessary. You will be escorted by an invigilator and will not be allowed any extra time. 

If I have more than one Exam on a day can I get lunch?

Students who have exams in both morning and afternoon sessions may obtain lunch from the dining hall in the usual way or bring a packed lunch.

When and how are results distributed?

A-level, GCE, results arrive in school on 18 August 2022 and GCSE results on 25 August 2022. Results will be available for collection from 10.00am. Students wishing a friend or relative 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.

What do I do if I don?t get the grades I need?

If you feel strongly that it is necessary to make an enquiry about your result you should first consult the Head of Department to obtain their advice as to the advisability of requesting a review of marking.  You should be aware that your mark could go down as well as up or even stay the same. Review requests must be submitted to the Exams Office via the Department Head.  You must complete a Candidate Consent Form and return it with the request to the Head of Department.

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