GCSE Exam Information

An elevated view of students in a courtyard on the LAB grounds

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we near the first week of formal GCSE written exams, I wanted to remind you of some key information that will support your child and ensure the smooth running of this period of time

Structure of the Day

Breakfast Booster sessions will run each morning before morning exams and will be from 7.45am until 8.30am. These will be invitation only and this will be communicated to students by their class teacher through Google Classrooms.

Year 11 students will be expected to be on site by 8.15am at the latest if they are not invited in for the Breakfast Booster Session. This will ensure that they have time to settle themselves before entry to the exam at 8.30am.

The afternoon exams will start at 1.05pm after lunchtime. When these finish, students will return to their timetabled lesson. After school intervention will still be delivered from 3.15pm until 4.15pm and are compulsory due to the effectiveness of revising with a subject teacher.

When not in an examination, students will attend their normal timetabled lessons.

Exam Equipment and Uniform

It is essential that students have the full correct equipment every day during the exam period. The minimum required is below:

  • 2 black ballpoint pens
  • Pencil
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Highlighters
  • Transparent clear pencil case
  • Transparent clear water bottle (no label)

All students are to wear full school uniform every day. This includes the days on which they have Core PE. On these days, they should bring their PE kit to change into at the start and end of lessons.

Attendance & Punctuality

Failure to arrive at school on time will highly affect your child’s chance to gain the best grades possible due to not being able to:

  • Attend the Breakfast Booster session that will be delivered before each exam;
  • Be fully prepared through a calm routine we have set out for all students;
  • Hear all instructions and key information delivered to students at the start of the exam;
  • Have the full allocated time to complete their exam paper.

Additionally, we are required to notify each examination board of any lateness and they may decide not to mark a student’s paper. In some cases, lateness would result in your child not being allowed into the exam room. This would result in them failing their GCSE and you would be charged for the entry fee to this examination.

We have worked hard to ensure your child can gain the grades they deserve in their GCSEs, so we ask that you support this by ensuring they arrive at school on time for the remainder of the school year.

Behaviour and End of the School Day

As previously outlined, it is important that the high LAB standards of behaviour are upheld by all students. This includes ensuring that when the school day finishes that all students return straight home from school to prepare for their next day without spending time at areas such as The Standard.

We would like to wish all students the best of luck with their examinations, and also to thank you for your continued support in ensuring that your child reaches their full potential during their GCSEs.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Ritchie
Vice Principal Sancho College