Examinations for 2023/2024
GCSE Exam dates for 2023-24
Year 11: 6th Nov – 15th Nov
Year 11 Art Practical Mocks – 16th and 17th Nov
Year 11: 19th Feb – 1st Mar
13th May – 19th June
Year 10 Mocks: 17th June – 28th June
Timings and dates are subject to change by Ofqual and the Government. This information is correct at 13th September 2023. A final timetable will be published as soon as this is available from the exam boards.
Before the start of each exam series, a personalised individual timetable highlighting exam details, dates, room and start/end times will be provided to each student. It is the students’ responsibility to check the details listed, and if there are any queries the student should see their subject teacher or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Day of the Exam
You MUST arrive at least 30 MINUTES before the exam start time listed on your timetable. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) who oversee how exams are run in all schools, have produced guidelines as to what is expected of you and how your exam will be run. You can read the requirements in this document:
Documents issued by JCQ that are relevant to ALL students are listed below. It is your responsibility to read them and be aware of the rules and regulations. Copies of these documents are available on the exam noticeboards outside the Hall and Gym.
2023-24 JCQ Information for Candidates – Coursework
2023-24 JCQ Information for Candidates – Non Exam Assessment
2023-24 JCQ Information for Candidates – Onscreen Tests
2023-24 JCQ Information for candidates – Social Media
2023-24 JCQ Poster – Warning to Candidates
2023-24 JCQ Unauthorised Items Poster
2023-24 JCQ Information for Candidates – Privacy Notice
Before the exam, check your ROOM and SEAT number on the seating plan lists which are placed on the exam noticeboards in the corridor near Student Services before the exam is scheduled to begin. There could possibly be last minute changes to the desk number or rooms listed on your individual exam timetable.
Exam conditions are enforced from the time you enter the exam room until the time you have been dismissed. Remember your mobile phone must be SWITCHED OFF and shown to a member of staff as you enter the room – before being placed in your bag.
You must place your bag in the area designated by the invigilator; all mobile devices, smart watches and electronic devices must be turned off and kept in your bag. If you do not have a bag with you, please give these to the invigilator for safe keeping.
You are only allowed to have the following items with you at your desk during the exam:
- a transparent pencil case (pens must be black ink or black biro – bring spares with you. No other colours are allowed because most exam papers are now scanned, and electronic scanners can only read black ink.)
- HB pencil(s) and a pencil sharpener
- A ruler
- A rubber
- Highlighter pen
- Coloured pencils if required
- Your own calculator (if permitted in that exam paper)
- You are allowed water in a clear bottle with the label removed.
- No food is allowed in the exam room (* Specific medical conditions may permit this)
Your desk will have a label on it. This will contain:
- Your legal first name and surname – you must write this on every exam paper and on any addition paper you use – do not put preferred or known as names on exam papers as they are legal documents. The use of any other names on your paper may cause a delay in your exam paper being marked.
- Your candidate examination number
- Your school photograph so that Invigilators can identify you
- The Patcham High School Centre Number for your exam paper
In some exams you will write on the exam paper, and in others you will use a separate booklet or paper.
It is your responsibility to check that you have written your name and candidate number on each page of the paper; listed the questions you have answered where required, and securely fastened your exam papers together.
The invigilators will supply anything you need, such as extra paper, treasury tags; or replace faulty equipment.
Before each exam starts, the invigilators will read out information about the exam and remind you of important information – please listen carefully.
You MUST NOT draw or write comments on the exam paper, other than the answer to the questions. If you do the exam board may refuse to mark your exam, and possibly all other subjects. This has happened to students in the past.
Problems on Exam Day
If you know that you are going to be late for an exam please ring the school on 01273 503908 to let us know. On arrival at reception, you will be escorted into the exam BUT ONLY IF your arrival falls within the permitted guidelines for late arrivals. There are no allowances for very late arrivals and you will NOT be able to sit the paper which will severely affect the overall grade for that subject.
If you are unable to do the exam due to genuine illness you must telephone the school on 01273 503908. You will need to obtain a medical certificate of absence from your Doctor. This must be returned to email@example.com within TWO days of the scheduled examination date in order that the exam board can be informed within their deadline. It is then up to the individual examining body to decide if they will make any allowance in your overall grade for missing the paper.
External exams can only be taken at the scheduled examination time, and you only have ONE opportunity to take each exam paper.
If anything happens before an exam which could affect your success (such as close family bereavement, a broken limb, family or personal problems, please speak to or e-mail our examination manager Mrs Palmer on (01273) 543487, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a JCQ process for Special Consideration in the event of illness or other examination absence, this is detailed below. The exam board may be able to take the situation into consideration when awarding marks for that exam.
We are holding an event for students that left Patcham this summer to collect all their Examination Certificates.
Students will be able to collect all their certificates from School Reception between 3:30 and 5:30 on Tuesday 5th December 2023.
- Please can you let your child/children know about this and remind them to collect their certificates; they are legal documents and will be needed in the future when applying for jobs and University places.
- We are only able to hold the certificates for a maximum period of 12 months from date of issue, so it is important that these are collected from the school.
- We are unable to post certificates.
- The certificates can be collected by a third party on the student’s behalf but ONLY if the student gives their permission in writing to the person that will collect them on their behalf.
If your child is unable to attend on this date to collect their certificates, they can be collected after the 1st December from our Reception during the hours of 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday.
Exam Information For Students
All students will be tested during their time at Patcham High School. The nature of the test will range from an internal test in a classroom setting, to a series of mock or external formal exams taken under examination conditions as specified by JCQ.
Students should be available to sit their exams up to the end of the Academic Year 2024 which falls on 23rd July 2024.
Timings and dates are subject to change by Ofqual and the Government. A final timetable will be published as soon as this is available from the exam boards.
Before the start of each exam series, a personalised individual timetable highlighting exam details, dates, room and start/end times will be provided to each student. It is the students’ responsibility to check the details listed, and if there are any queries the student should see their subject teacher or e-mail the school.
More information about exams can be found on the following websites;