Ark Greenwich Free 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.
Following our checking and compilation procedure, GCSE examination certificates from the 2019 examination series are available to collect. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange collection.
Ark Greenwich Free School is obliged to retain certificates for a period of twelve months only.
Parents’ Frequently Asked Questions
As you are aware, your child will shortly be undertaking their Autumn mock examinations. These examinations will be conducted using the same guidelines we would use for the Summer public exams.
Please find some frequently asked questions below:
When are the exams taking place?
The main examination period runs from Monday 19/10/2020 – Friday 23/10/2020 inclusive, then continue following half term from Monday 2/11/2020 – Friday 13/11/2020. During this period, all students should attend school at normal times in full school uniform unless instructed otherwise.
The GCSE Drama Component 1 Practical will be taking place on Tuesday 17/11/2020.
What time do the exams start?
Year 11 will have two or three exam sessions each day, they should refer to the exam timetable for timings. It is important that students line up on time to ensure a prompt start to their examination. Some of year 11s exams will take place within their normal scheduled lessons.
I can’t see any scheduled Art or Photography exams. Will these subjects be assessed?
Ofqual and Pearson Edexcel announced that the current year 11 will not be sitting their component 2, 10 hour examined piece for GCSE Art, Craft and Design or GCSE Photography. Instead of an exam, students will focus on their Component 1 portfolio during lesson time.
Where can I find a copy of the examination timetable?
A copy of the exam timetable has been shared. An electronic copy can be located on the main school website http://arkgreenwichfreeschool.org/curriculum/exams-centre.
What happens if my child has special educational needs/disability?
If your child has a documented special educational need/disability, they may be entitled to access arrangements to support them during external examinations such as GCSE examinations. Access arrangements are adjustments made by examination bodies to ensure that children with special educational needs or disabilities (or temporary injuries) can access examinations without being at a substantial disadvantage in comparison to someone who does not have special educational needs or a disability.
If you have any questions about access arrangements for your child, please contact our SENDCo, Ms Gainey.
My child is not feeling well and has an exam what do I need to do?
It is a legal duty of parents to ensure good, regular attendance and to explain any absences. If your child is too ill to attend school you must contact the school as soon as possible following the normal way.
What will happen if my child arrives late?
If you know that your child is running late to school please contact the school in the normal way.
Students who are late to exams may need to sit their exam at an alternative time.
What should my child bring to the exam?
All students are expected to bring their own stationery for their examinations including:
- black writing pen x 2
- sharp pencil x 2
- pencil sharpener
- transparent ruler
- compasses and protractor
- scientific calculator
- transparent pencil case
Pens should be black ink or black ballpoint. Correcting pens, fluid or tape, erasable pens (e.g. Frixion pens), highlighters or gel pens are not allowed.
Can my child bring food and drink to the exam?
It is important for students to keep hydrated during the warmer weather therefore students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water with them into the exam room. All drink bottle labels must be removed. No food, including mints and chewing gum are allowed in the exam room.
My child has a mobile phone, is it okay for them to keep this switched off in their pocket?
Students must not take into the exam room any potential technological/web enabled sources of information such as an MP3 player, a smart watch or a mobile phone. They cause disturbance to other candidates if they ring and can present opportunities for cheating. Ark Greenwich Free School’s operates a no mobile phone policy. Any student found to have one of these items in the exam room may need to re-sit their mock exam under exam conditions at an alternative time and will be subject to the school’s discipline policy.
Other forms of malpractice include:
• Being in possession of unauthorised materials eg. revision notes, books or papers
• Communicating with other candidates (verbally or non-verbally)
• Copying from other candidates
• Sitting an exam in the name of another candidates
Any form of malpractice during this exam period will be treated inline with the public exams.