Examinations

Welcome to our Exams homepage. Here you will find some advice and guidance on exams and controlled assessments.

Information for Candidates

At the start of the school year, all students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 are sent an email with the relevant information documents and warning notices relating to exams, coursework and controlled assessments. Students are advised to read the information carefully and save it for future reference.

HGS-Information for Candidates-Booklet KS4 HGS-Information for Candidates Booklet KS5 HGS-Deadline for entries fees and charges for Students

Internal Examinations

Year 7 – Mon 11th -> Fri 15th May 2020

  • Year 8 – Mon 13th -> Fri 17th January 2020
  • Year 9 – Mon 22nd -> Fri 26th June 2020 (timetable to follow)
  • Year 10 – Mon 24th February -> Fri 6th March 2020 (timetable to follow)
  • Year 11 Mocks – Wed 13th -> Fri 22nd November 2019 – Year 11 Internal Exams Timetable
  • Year 12 – Tue 21st April -> Fri 1st May 2020 (timetable to follow)
  • Year 13 Mocks – Wed 15th -> Fri 24th January 2020 (timetable to follow)

External Examinations

Summer 2020 Exam Timetables are available on the Awarding Body websites

Contingency Day – The awarding bodies have designated Wednesday 24 June 2020 as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations. This is consistent with the qualification regulators’ document Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The designation of a ‘contingency day’ within the common examination timetable is in the event of national or local disruption to examinations. It is part of the awarding bodies’ standard contingency planning for examinations. All candidates must remain available until Wednesday 24 June 2020 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan.

Courses and Exam Boards 2019/20

Students are provided with a copy of their statement of entry once the entries have been made in February. This should be checked carefully to ensure that they are entered for the appropriate units/exams, then signed and returned to the Exams Office to confirm that all information is correct. All students are also issued with a personal timetable and it is each student’s responsibility to know the dates and times of their examinations along with the equipment they will need.

Exam session times – For external exams, the start times are generally as follows:

Morning exams commence at 9.00am
Afternoon exams commence at 1.00pm

(Start times will vary for internal exams so please check timetable information).

Exam clashes – If a student has two or more papers timetabled in a session, and the total time is more than three hours, it is possible to move one exam into a later or earlier session. In such cases, the student will be informed of the clash and invited to discuss their options. If the exam is moved into another session the student will have to remain under supervision during and between both exam sessions and will not be allowed access to their phone, any electronic communication/storage device or have access to the internet.

Illness/Absence – If a student is unwell on the day of an exam, they should still try to attend school to sit the exam. Report any such cases to the SSM, Exams Officer or Invigilator before the start of the exam if possible. If a student is too ill to sit the exam, please contact school to inform the SSM or Exams Officer as early as possible and before the start of the exam. Any student who misses an exam due to illness should obtain medical evidence and present it at the Exams office at their earliest convenience.

Exam fees – Heckmondwike Grammar School will pay the entry fees for all subjects on the understanding that parents will reimburse the school if their son/daughter fails to attend for examination for any reason other than illness supported by a medical certificate. Similarly, pupils who fail to produce NEA or coursework effectively disqualify themselves from an examination and will be charged the cost of the entry fee. Further details can be found in the document Entry Deadlines, Fees and Charges.