The Year 13 internal examinations for all subjects will be held this year between Friday 19th January and Thursday 1st February, in preparation for upcoming A Level examinations in the summer.

We have made the decision to allow Year 13 students to go on study leave during the internal examinations. This will start on Monday 22nd January and end on Thursday 1 st February. Students will be back in school as normal on Friday 2 nd February. For those students that need to use the school bus to come into school, then they must attend their timetabled lessons, including study periods. It is important that they also use their lanyards to sign in and out of the building. Staff will be present during scheduled Year 13 lessons as normal to register any students that are in school. Therefore, it is essential that these students bring to school each day, all resources and materials to assist them with revision and preparation for the forthcoming examinations.

The school attaches considerable importance to internal examinations and believes that plenty of experience of GCE style questions is essential. These examinations represent the only opportunity your son/daughter will have of a fullscale dress rehearsal for the A Level examinations in May/June. It is important that students have read and are fully aware of the arrangements to make the most of these examinations, see attached briefing sheet.

In some cases, the results of these internal examinations may point to the need for a sharp intensification of effort. You will, incidentally, be formally notified of the results of these examinations through the medium of the school report issued in March. In cases where there is cause for concern, we will be in touch with you by letter after the report is issued.


The conditions under which the Internal Examinations are conducted will, as far as possible, reflect the conditions adopted next summer. This is to prepare you for your A Level Exams so that you are familiar with the examination board regulations and how public examinations are conducted.

You will be fully briefed by the Assistant Head, Mr Douglass, before these examinations and again in the summer term. Full details of examination rules and regulations are available in the most recent Public Examinations Handbook, a copy of which can be downloaded here.


1. You should arrive 10 minutes before the published start time of the examination to allow time for you to be seated (in the summer, you will need to arrive 20 minutes before!). Ensure that you have been to the toilet before arriving.

2. At the beginning of each examination, you must check the seating plan, which will be posted on the notice boards outside the COMMON ROOM. You will need to check which ROOM you have been seated in and make a note of your SEAT NUMBER.

3. Those taking examinations in the Hall should enter through the entrance on the TOP YARD in silence and must not congregate anywhere else. If you have an examination in an alternative venue, you should line up quietly outside the room and enter in silence when directed to do so by the invigilator.

4. Sit in the desk allocated to you on the seating plan (posted on the notice boards outside the COMMON ROOM).

5. Mobile phones, watches (of any kind) and any other electronic devices must not be taken into the examination room. If you do bring a mobile phone or watch and cannot leave it in your locker, you must switch it off, and put it into a box as indicated by the invigilator. Please note that the mobile phone remains your responsibility. You will need to stay behind after the exam to collect it.

6. You must bring your school ID card to the examination with you and place this face up on the desk.

7. When you enter the examination room, there can be no further communication of any kind. There must be no writing on your hands or any notes in your possession.

8. Listen carefully to the invigilator’s instructions and make sure you understand the written instructions on the paper.

9. You must use black ink. Pens, pencils etc. must be in a transparent pencil case.

10. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all the correct equipment (pens, pencils, protractor, calculator, compass etc. for examinations).

11. You must stay until the end of the exam. Toilet breaks are not permitted in the first hour or last fifteen minutes (unless you have a medical reason, which has been discussed with the Exams Office prior to your exams).

12. You must observe the rules on uniform.

13. Food is not permitted in examinations. Clear bottles of water only are permitted to be brought into the examination venue. All labels must be removed prior to the examination.

14. If you miss an examination, you must arrange an alternative session with the examination office as soon as possible, or your subject teacher if the examinations have ended.

15. If you have a clash of examinations, you must email to confirm your alternative arrangements. The deadline to do this is Tuesday 5th December 2023.

16. Please note that failure to comply with instructions will result in your disqualification from an examination.


* Rooms for exams will be confirmed soon.

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