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Facing the final school exams – in Years 11, 12 or 13 – is usually the culmination of a student’s time in secondary education. To that end we aim to ensure that all examinations are run carefully, diligently, efficiently and smoothly. We have an excellent Examinations Team in place to oversee the smooth running of both internal exams (pre public examinations-PPEs) and external exams (public exams). External exams tend to be GCSEs, GCEs, BTECs, CTECs and VCTC qualifications. Please contact the Examinations Team if you have questions related to exam issues.

For All Examination Queries – Please email:

Examination Certificates

Please give at least 24 hours notice by telephoning Reception on 01908 626110 or email: Reception will arrange a convenient time for collection (only during term time) – between 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday.

Please keep your examination certificates in a safe place. They are often required for employment opportunities, applications to universities etc., in the future. Obtaining replacements from exam boards can be a lengthy and expensive process. Please be advised we are only legally required to hold certificates for 12 months. After this date, certificates may be destroyed. It is very important that you collect your certificates when they are available.

Students are required to collect their certificates in person. If this is not possible, a friend or family member may collect them on their behalf, but only with signed written permission to do so.

Information to help you get those all important grades at GCSE

Please check out the downloads area to find GCSE revision information, guides, wall planner and preparation diagrams. For revision sessions – please see the newsletter for further details.

Revision Top Tips

  • Bitesize – revise in short sessions
  • Use tricks and techniques to help you revise – mind maps, diagrams, mnemonics, highlighting etc
  • Take a break – feed yourself or do something different between sessions
  • Be organised – check you have all the notes well in advance, organise your notes
  • Draw up a revision timetable with time for other activities too
  • Before you start, make sure you have everything you need
  • Find somewhere quiet to work
  • Don’t work late at night – get enough sleep, especially during exams week
  • Test yourself – reduce notes to five or so points and keep repeating.

To achieve those all important grades

  • Turn off the television, ipad, DVD player, PSP or Xbox!
  • Say “no” to the shopping trip or football match or visit to the cinema – in the short term
  • If you want those grades and you can get them then believe in yourself and put in the required effort and revision
  • Buy or borrow revision guides – but do not over rely on them if you want A grades
  • Make careful revision notes
  • Use BBC Bitesize, hegartymaths, S-cool and various other online revision sites.

Useful websites to assist you with your homework, revision and preparation for examinations

  • Sam Learning – an online revision tool for KS3, KS4 (GCSE) and A Level students
  • BBC Bitesize – excellent revision materials from the BBC
  • Hegartymaths – excellent revision site for maths
  • Homework Elephant – links to an enormous range of online educational resources
  • S-cool – a website dedicated to providing high quality GCSE and A Level revision material totally free
  • How stuff works – a clear and simple site for older students, showing how things work
  • Britannica – an easy to use encyclopaedic search engine
  • A+ Resources for students – English language and literature revision tips and resources
  • GCSE Maths – Fast exam preparation/revision cards.
  • Schoolnet – includes a guide to good educational websites and more revision aids.

Examination information for candidates

Students have been reminded about the two notices in the Student Planner outlining the rules and regulations for examinations and controlled assessments. They give advice and information and point out the penalties that can be incurred if the rules are not adhered to. Students MUST keep to all exam board rules and all of Lord Grey’s protocols for internal exams. Exams are very serious and we do not want students to be disqualified from getting their results by breaking the exam rules.

Rules and regulations for controlled assessments and examinations can be found in the downloads area or ask the Examination Manager, to organise to collect a copy of the document.