Y11 SPR Internal Exam T_T 2020

Provisional External Exam Timetable Summer 2020 v2

AGFS External Exam Handbook for Students and Parents 2019 - 20


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.


Certificate Collection

Following our checking and compilation procedure, GCSE examination certificates from the 2018 examination series are available to collect. Please contact reception to arrange collection.

Ark Greenwich Free School is obliged to retain certificates for a period of twelve months only.


Year 11 Spring 2020 Mock Exams
Parents’ Frequently Asked Questions

As you are aware, your child will shortly be undertaking their end-of-term internal examinations.

Please find below some frequently asked questions:


When are the exams taking place? 

The main examination period runs from Wednesday 15/1/2020 – Monday 3/2/2020 inclusive. During this period, all students should attend school at normal times in full school uniform unless instructed otherwise.


What time do the exams start?

Year 11 will have two or three exam sessions each day, the first will follow line up, the second following break and the third following lunch. It is important that students line up on time to ensure a prompt start to their examination. Some of year 10s exams will take place within their normal scheduled lessons.

The Public GCSE Drama Practical will be taking place over Monday 3/2/2020 and Tuesday 4/2/2020. Drama students will take their MFL speaking exam on Friday 31/1/2020.


I can’t see any scheduled Art or Photography exams. Will these subjects be assessed?

Art and Photography students will be given the stimulus for their GCSE exam in January and will therefore be working on preparation for their final GCSE practical assessment.


Does my child need to come to school when they do not have an examination?

All students must attend school at normal times in full school uniform when they do not have an exam unless instructed otherwise.


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 https://arkgreenwichfreeschool.org/curriculum-aims/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 in the following way:

• By telephone 0208 319 3692, press 1 for attendance and leave a voicemail


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 following way:

• By telephone 0208 319 3692, press 1 for attendance and leave a voicemail

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
  • rubber/eraser
  • compasses and protractor
  • scientific calculator
  • transparent pencil case

It is important that students take responsibility for bringing the correct equipment to their examinations as the school will not be lending out equipment on the day.


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.