Jarrow School hopes that all students will be successful in their examinations. So that the examinations that you take run as smoothly as possible, there are a number of rules and regulations that you must be aware of. Students will be taking public examinations at various times during years 10 & 11, either controlled assessments or full GCSE’s. This 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 centre 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. Students are expected to attend school as normal while exams are taking place however they may be allowed to leave school at the end of any afternoon examination so may arrive home either early or late depending on the length of the examination. Time off school will not be authorised during exam sessions for these year groups. If your child has been entered for an examination and is absent for reasons other than sickness you may be charged the entry fee. This information on this page is intended to inform about examination procedures and answer some of the most frequently asked questions to help to guide and support students and parents through the examination process. If you need any further information or have any queries please contact our Examinations Officer.
The following documents are in PDF format, a free reader is available from the Adobe website here.
Preparing for and Sitting Your Exams
The following documents offer help and advice on how to prepare for your exams and let you know what is expected of you during your exams:
As well as the documents above there will be informational posters displayed in and around the exam hall when you arrive for your exams (please see examples below). It is very important that the instructions on these posters are followed to the letter to ensure that your exam entry is not invalidated.
What to do if You are Ill on the Day of an Exam
If you are ill and are unable to attend an exam it is vital you phone the school first thing in the morning (0191 4283200) to inform us.
You must also obtain a note from your doctor detailing the reason for non-attendance. There is the possibility of submitting this note to the Examinations Board to ask for special consideration. The Board looks at this in conjunction with other exam marks from the student in that particular subject, coursework marks and mock exam marks. This will then sometimes enable them to adjust the mark and grade accordingly.
If you are feeling unwell, but still able to travel, I suggest you come to the exam and we can assess the situation then. In most cases it is better to take the exam if you can.
If in doubt call the school!
If you do not attend an exam without a valid reason, it is possible that you will be charged for that exam.
Summer series results will be available to collect on Thursday 22nd August 2019.
Students will be able to collect a copy of their results, in person, between 10am and midday on results day. Any results which have not been collected at that time will be put in the first-class post to the home address so please ensure you advise the school of any change of address after your exams.
If you want results collected by somebody different, or if you want them posted to a different address, please complete the form given out with your exam timetable and return it to our Examinations Officer. Results will not be given to any other person without this written consent and cannot be given over the phone. A PDF version of the form is available here.
Other exam series results will be issued in school time as they are received.
Certificates will be held until the end of Year 11 and will be available for collection from the second week in November each year.
Students will be able to collect certificates in person between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday from school. If students are unable to collect their own certificates they can be collected by someone else however, they must have a letter signed by the student giving them permission to do so. Certificates will not be given to any other person without this written consent.
Other Useful Information
Appeals Procedure for All External Qualifications (pdf document)
Appeals Against a Decision of Irregularities (pdf document)
AQA (web link)
OCR (web link)
Pearson (web link)
JCQ (web link)
WJEC (web link)
BBC GCSE Bitesize (web link)
Results Day Rescue Pack (web link)