About Exams at Fortismere
Public examinations can be a stressful time for students and parents and it is important that all those involved are as well informed as possible. Well informed students will realise that the rules and regulations are designed to ensure fairness and minimise disturbance and it is in the interest of all that the exams run smoothly.
The school will make every effort to ensure that candidates receive the best possible preparation for their examinations, that the administrative arrangements run smoothly, and that the examinations are conducted in a way that will cause as little stress as possible and help students to achieve their best. Mock exams are run to the same standards and rules in order that students are familiar with the process beforehand
This section is intended to inform about examination procedures, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions to help to guide and support students and parents through the examination process.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact the Exams Officer. You can contact the Exams office by telephoning 020 8365 4436 or by emailing email@example.com. On exam days it is best to contact the school reception on 020 8365 4400 and ask to leave a message (not a voicemail message), with the nature of the query, since the main priority will be the starting of exam sessions on time.
The schools' Examinations Officer is responsible for administering all public examination arrangements and for oversight of students during exams, under direct responsibility from the Head of Centre, the Head Teacher. The Awarding Bodies or Examination Boards set down strict criteria which must be followed for the conduct of exams, and the school is required to follow them precisely.
It is School Policy to enter every student who is being taught a subject, for the most appropriate level of Exam. Only by exception, after consultation with parents, and with the written consent of the Assistant Head - KS4 and KS5, will students not be entered.
Types of Exams
Most of the subjects have an element of controlled assessment included in them which has to be completed be marked and assessed and the marks and work sent to the Boards well before the formal exam sessions take place. Students who don't complete the controlled assessment on time will not be allocated a mark for this portion and their overall grade will suffer. They may also not be eligible for special consideration for the formal exams should they be ill as they will not have completed the minimum 50% of the course.
Advanced level exams are know as GCE subjects and are now examined in 2 parts and in modules. As from September 2008, two modules are taken in Year 12 and AS certification applied for. Students go on to full 'A2' certification by taking 2 more modules in Year 13. Both AS and A2 modules will then count towards the final 'A2' level grade. Any module at AS can be re-taken after consultation with their tutor. Students unhappy with the AS grades awarded, and who are not going on to an A2 award, may re-sit one or more of the modules in January/June and apply for certification at that point. Students must be aware that this is an individual decision and should seek advice from their subject teachers and Head of 6th form.
All AS students will be entered for an award in the June examination season.
Modular GCSE and AS/A2 levels involve the written examinations on sections of the syllabus being taken at intervals throughout the course rather than all at the end.
Modular sessions are in January and May/June according to the Board used. Students have the opportunity to retake certain units on the advice of their subject teachers but the school only pays the entry fee if the original examination was missed through illness and a medical certificate was produced.
Timing of Examinations
The main period for exams is from the start of May - until the end of June/early July. Some oral examinations and practical examinations will take place earlier. All candidates will receive a school produced timetable showing the dates of all their examinations, usually distributed at Examination Information Assemblies. This will include start times, seat numbers and the location of the examinations. It is helpful if parents make sure a copy of this timetable for use at home. Exam Boards dictate the start and end times of exams.
Distribution of Results
A level GCE results arrive in school in the 2nd week of August and GCSE results in the 3rd week of August. Exact dates will be circulated each year. 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 or by email under any circumstances.
A Level and GCSE candidates not intending to collect in person but wishing their results to be posted, should leave a stamped addressed envelope (also bearing their candidate number), at the school reception. Result slips for AS and GCSE not collected or posted on results day will be retained in school for collection at the start of term, again with the necessary authority.
If your results vary significantly from what you were expecting, read our Exams FAQ section (below) about next steps.