Examination Arrangements: Summer 2019
Upper Sixth (A Level)
Individual public examination timetables have now been issued to all pupils. For public examinations, morning papers begin promptly at 9.00am, while afternoon papers start at 1.30pm; candidates must arrive at the examination room fifteen minutes early so as to ensure a smooth start.
The first major examinations are Chemistry, Economics and Psychology on Monday 20th May; the final examination varies according to the candidate’s entries, and the last paper available is on Tuesday 18th June (Further Mathematics). Please note that there is a Contingency Day on Wednesday 26th June, in case the security of any examination should be compromised and a re-run has to take place; the latter could in fact be scheduled for any date up to and including 26th June.
With the complex mix of examinations available in the UK, there are occasional timetable clashes; this is unfortunate, entirely out of our control and yet quite normal. In such an event, one of the examinations will be sat earlier or later on the same day, and arrangements are made to provide a relaxing environment whilst also keeping the candidate in quarantine and providing an opportunity for revision. Those candidates affected have already received a clash arrangements schedule.
Attendance at lessons
The Upper Sixth must attend all lessons taking place up to and including Friday 17th May, with Study Leave beginning on Monday 20th May. If any public examinations (notably AS papers) fall before Study Leave, candidates will be able to have the morning off before an afternoon paper or the afternoon off prior to a morning paper.
The Upper Sixth must be present at all registration sessions except when on Study Leave. Pupils should give their Tutor advance notice of their absence due to an examination or to study for an examination.
During the Study Leave period, departments will encourage pupils to attend revision sessions at which teachers will be available to provide support for groups or for individuals, and all Upper Sixth pupils are encouraged to be in school for the week of Monday 20th to Friday 24th May inclusive to take advantage of this opportunity. Throughout Study Leave, when pupils do not have examinations, and are not attending an arranged revision / tutorial session with a teacher, the arrangements depend upon whether they are day pupils or boarders:
- day pupils are expected to revise either at home or in a supervised study room in School;
- boarders will be provided with supervised study facilities in their Houses.
With the help of the Study Leave Planning Sheet (attached), pupils must plan when they will be in their boarding House, at home or revising at school, and should liaise with House Staff and / or their Tutors. Completed Study Leave sheets must be handed to Mrs Crimes (Head of Sixth Form) before Monday 13th May; any subsequent amendments will have to be made directly by arrangement with Mrs Crimes.
Pupils are not necessarily expected to be in School for lunch, but if they do wish to eat in School, they will need to indicate this on the Study Leave Planning Sheet.
During Study Leave, pupils coming onto the School campus must always register at the usual times; if they are on campus and not in an examination, they must be in a supervised revision room, rather than just ‘hanging around’. If they arrive after morning registration, pupils must sign in at Reception, and must later sign out at the same place when they leave School; it is vital that this procedure is followed for security and safety reasons.
At all times when on the School campus during the school working day, pupils must be in full school uniform.
Attendance at Chapel
Except when on Study Leave, Upper Sixth pupils must attend all Chapels and assemblies.
The Upper Sixth must attend Speech Day on Saturday 25th May, and they will be welcome to attend the final Chapel Service on Friday 5th July.
April 25th to May 17th: Normal lessons
May 20th onwards: Study Leave
May 20th to June 18th : A2 examinations
May 25th : Speech Day
After last exam: Post-exam leave
July 5th : Final Chapel
The AS / A2 results will be published at School on Thursday 15th August 2019.
You may receive your results in a variety of ways:
- you can collect your results envelope from Reception between 10:00 hrs and 16:00 hrs; the envelope will otherwise go in the late afternoon post for delivery to your home address;
- you can telephone Reception (01492 530155) between 10:00 hrs and 16:00 hrs. Your results will still be posted to you later in the day;
- you can provide us with an email address in advance to which you would like the results to be sent.