Examinations FAQ

Examination results and certificates

Please see the examination section of the website for guidance on what to do if you believe examination certificates have been lost.

Teaching staff will be available to advise students on results day.  If candidates feel strongly that it is necessary to make an enquiry about their result they should first consult their subject teacher to obtain advice regarding the possibility of requesting a re-mark. Candidates should be aware that marks could go down, go up or stay the same.  Re-mark requests must be submitted to the Examinations Officer by 15th September.  Students must complete a candidate consent form and return it with the correct payment to cover the cost.


Some students receive an allowance of 25% extra time. Where possible such candidates will be seated together to minimise disturbance from other candidates who finish earlier.  The invigilators will include the additional time when they display the finishing time of your exam on the board.

The length of the examination is shown in minutes on the candidate’s timetable under the heading ‘duration’.  Invigilators will tell candidates when to start and finish the exam.  They will write the finish time of the exam on a board at the front/side of the exam room.  There will be a clock in all examination rooms.

Being in possession of a mobile phone (or any other electronic communication device, e.g. ipod, headphones) may be regarded as cheating and is subject to severe penalty from the awarding bodies. The minimum penalties are as follows:

  • Device found on you and turned ON  – disqualification for the entire subject award. 
  • Device found on you and turned OFF – disqualification from the specific paper you are sitting at the time.
  • Phone rings during the exam wherever it is in the room the exam board must be informed and you may be disqualified from all papers for the subject (including any already taken).

If there is an emergency that requires that you bring a mobile telephone to school, you must switch it off and leave it in a named envelope with one of the invigilators on entering the examination room.  You are responsible for collecting it at the end of the examination. 

Only material that is listed on question papers is permitted in the examination room.  Students who are found to have any unauthorised material will be reported to the appropriate examinations board.  Using unauthorised materials in an exam will almost certainly result in disqualification from the paper or the subject concerned. Bags and coats, and any other items not permitted under examination regulations, must be left in the care of the invigilators at the front/back of the room. Do not bring any valuables into school with you when you attend for an examination. No food is allowed in the exam room. You may bring a bottle of water. Mobile telephones must not be brought into the exam room even if they are turned off.

For most exams candidates should bring at least 2 pens (black ink only).

  • 2 x HB pencils.
  • For mathematics, pencils must be used for diagrammatic work.
  • For some exams candidates will need a calculator (maths/science), a 30cm ruler (marked with cm and mm), pencil sharpener and rubber, compasses, protractor, coloured pencil crayons (not gel pens), set texts (e.g. for English Literature).

Candidates are responsible for providing their own equipment for examinations. Candidates must not attempt to borrow equipment from other students during the examination.

Yes. Normal school regulations apply to uniform, hair, jewellery, make-up, etc. For more information please see the school’s uniform policy.

No. Timetables are regulated by the exam boards and candidates must attend on the given date and time. There are no exceptions. Misreading the timetable is not an acceptable excuse for missing an exam.

Inform school at the earliest possible point so we can help or advise you.  In the case of an accident that means you are unable to write it may be possible to provide you with a scribe to write your answers but we will need as much prior notice as possible. Candidates may need to obtain medical evidence (from a GP or hospital) if they wish the school to make an appeal for Special Consideration on their behalf.

The Centre Number is a unique number used to identify the school as an examinations centre. The Centre Number of St Thomas More Catholic School is 20881.  This number will be on the desk number cards in the examination rooms.  It is usually necessary to write the Centre Number on to the cover of examination papers.

Candidate Numbers are printed on the candidate’s examination timetable. This unique number is used to identify the candidate for all their examinations. Candidates should always bring their timetable with them to exams so they have all the information they need to sit the exam. Candidate numbers are also shown on seating plans which are displayed inside and outside of the exam rooms, and on attendance registers.  Invigilators will be able to help candidates find their Candidate Number.  Alternatively, candidates can check it on the seating plan, before going into the exam room. Candidates will normally need to write their Candidate Number on to the front page of examination papers.

The details on a candidate’s exam timetable will be used when certificates are printed.  If the name or date of birth of the candidate certificates does not match their birth certificate it could cause problems if they are asked to show certificates to a potential employer, college or university.  Candidates should also check that the subjects and tiers of entry they are entered for are correct and that no subjects are missing. 

Students who have examinations in both morning and afternoon sessions may obtain lunch from the dining hall in the usual way or bring a packed lunch.  If students are a clash candidate and are having a supervised lunch break, they will be escorted to and from the dining room.

Only if it is absolutely necessary.  Candidates will be escorted by an invigilator and will not be allowed any extra time. Candidates should make sure they visit the toilet before an exam in order to avoid disruption.

Candidates should stop work and await instructions from the invigilator.  If candidates have to evacuate the room they should leave everything on the desk and leave the room in silence.  Candidates must not attempt to communicate with any other candidates during the evacuation. 

It is a requirement of the exam boards that candidates stay in the examination room for at least one hour after the published start time of the exam (or for the duration of the exam if it is less than one hour).  It is the school’s policy that all candidates stay until the full time of the exam has elapsed in order to prevent disruption to other candidates.  Only in exceptional circumstances may a candidate be allowed to leave before the end of the exam.  A candidate may not leave the examination room without the permission of the invigilators.

Provided a student is no more than 1 hour late (or less for a shorter exam) it may still be possible for the candidate to sit the examination.  The student should get to school as quickly as possible and report to Reception.  A member of staff will escort them to the exam room.  They must not enter an examination room without permission after an examination has begun. They should also be aware that if they start the exam more than 30 minutes after the published starting time, the school must inform the exam board and it is possible that the board may decide not to accept their work.  Students must ensure they allow enough time to get to school so that if they are delayed (e.g. through transport problems) they will still arrive on time. They cannot sit the exam once the normal end time of the exam has been reached.

The student should put up their hand so an invigilator can assist them  Students should inform an invigilator if they feel ill before or during an exam and state whether they feel this may have affected their performance.

Special Consideration is an adjustment to the marks or grades of a candidate who is eligible for consideration.  The allowance for Special Consideration is from 0% (consideration given but addition of marks considered inappropriate) to 5% (reserved for exceptional cases).  Parents should be aware that any adjustment is likely to be small and no feedback is provided.  Candidates will only be eligible for Special Consideration if they have been fully prepared and covered the whole course but performance in the examination or in the production of coursework is affected by adverse circumstances beyond their control.  Examples of such circumstances may be illness, accident or injury, bereavement, domestic crisis.  The Examination Officer must be informed immediately, so that the necessary paperwork can be completed (within 7 days of the exam for each subject) in some circumstances, the candidate will be required to provide evidence to support such an application.

Invigilators will ask students to check before the exam starts.  If a student thinks something is wrong they should put up their hand and tell the invigilator immediately.

The Exams Officer will re-schedule papers internally (on the same day) where there is a clash of subjects.  Candidates will normally sit one paper then may have a short supervised break during which they must not have any communication with other candidates.  They will then sit the second subject paper.  Correct times will be on your individual candidate timetable.  It may be necessary for you to bring a packed lunch if you have exams in the morning and afternoon as you will have to remain in isolation until both examinations are completed.  If in doubt consult the Examinations Officer.

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