GCSE Examinations

Examinations Overview

For details regarding the Examinations Timetable, Controlled Assessments, written exams, and information on the warnings given to students during exams please see the links below. It is critical that students understand the JCQ regulations. These have been modelled extensively during Mock examinations for several Praising Stars within the sports hall.

For further information regarding exams information please contact Mrs Paula Melling, Data and Exams Officer:
Telephone: 01642 474000 Ext: 232 or Email: p.melling@bydales.outwood.com

There is one examination session (series) during 2018, for both Year 11 AND Year 10 students. Individual timetables have been sent to each student before the start of the session if they have been entered, as the exam boards have now confirmed each date.

For obvious reasons, parents should not book holidays at any point during term time, as controlled assessment (coursework) examinations and Mock Praising Stars assessments take place throughout the year, in Years 11, 10 and 9, and GCSE examinations take place for Years 11 and 10 in May and June 2018.

Information Booklet for GCSE Students

Examination Key Dates 2018

First Written Exam Day in Summer GCSE Series: Friday 11 May 2018 (GCSE Business & Communications Systems)
Last Written Exam Day in Summer GCSE Series: Thursday 21 June 2018 (GCSE Statistics)

GCSE Results Issue Day: Thursday 23 August 2018

Summer 2018 GCSE Examination Timetable


Masterclass & Revision Breakfast Information 2018

Please find below the schedule for Year 11 and Year 10 Masterclasses and Revision Breakfast Sessions (7.30am) that are being offered during the GCSE season. For more information see our page on Revision here: www.bydales.outwood.com/revision

Important Regulations Information for Candidates

GCSE Results Day 2018

The GCSE results for both Year 11 and Year 10 will be available for students from 10am until Noon on Thursday 23 August 2018. Students should collect their results in person. Any relative collecting results on behalf of a student should bring along a letter/note on the day written and signed by that student with the phrase “I give permission for my results to be given to [Full name of person collecting results]” together with some photo ID. Alternatively a stamped addressed envelope can be left at Reception, and results will be posted home on Thursday after noon. We do not give results out over the phone or by e-mail.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

My timetable is wrong – how do I change it?

If you think an exam is missing or if you’ve been entered for the wrong one, you will need to speak to your teacher or the Head of Department for that subject. The exams office can only change a student’s exam timetable on instruction from a member of the teaching staff.

Where will I be sitting and what time do I have to be there?

For every exam, the seating plans will be on display in the morning prior to each exam outside Mrs Melling’s office, Miss Ferris’ office and outside the examination hall. window of the learning managers’ office. Your timetable will show you the start time of the exam but you must be at the exam room AT LEAST 5 minutes before the start time.

I’ve got more than one exam at the same time – what happens?

You will usually be able to take one exam straight after the other but if this is not possible, the exams office will speak to you and arrange for one of your exams to be moved to earlier or later in the day – you will also be supervised between the exams to make sure the security of the exam is maintained.

What do I do if I’m late for my exam?

Firstly, don’t panic! If you arrive less than half an hour late, go straight to your exam room – the invigilators will make sure you can start your exam as soon as you arrive. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, go to the Attendance Office and a member of staff will bring you to the exam room.

What if I am ill?

If you are ill before the exam, or after the exam has started, speak to Mrs Melling or one of the invigilators. If you are too ill to come in for your exam, please let the exam office know before the exam or as soon as possible afterwards – if you are absent from an exam without valid reason, your parent/guardian may be charged for the cost of the exam entry.

How do I receive my results?

The GCSE results for are available for students from 10am until Noon on the final Thursday of August each year, as set nationally. You should collect your results in person. You can nominate someone to collect results on your behalf but they must bring along a letter/note on the day written and signed by you including the phrase “I give permission for my results to be given to [Full name] (of person collecting results)” as well as photographic ID for themselves. Alternatively a stamped addressed envelope can be left with Mrs Melling, and results will be posted home on that Thursday after noon. We do not give results out over the phone or by e-mail.

Revision Tips

1 – Get Organised
Start your revision early and make sure you know all the dates of your exams. Check for revision sessions being held by your teachers – you can be sure there’ll be at least one for each department every week. Make sure you’ve got everything you need – textbooks, notes, past papers, pens etc – and log-on to the exam board website for even more information.

2 – Go Public
Make a revision timetable on a large piece of paper and post it up somewhere at home that everyone can see it. That way, everyone knows what you are meant to be studying and when. Strangely enough, letting other people know your plans actually lightens the load, because then it’s not just down to you to motivate yourself and you’ll have better chance of sticking to it.

3 – De-digitalise
You should unplug your computer or laptop, as it can be too tempting to go off roaming the wide, open spaces of Web-fordshire, instead of ploughing through Pythagoras’ Theorem. It is also important to turn off your mobile phone (one distraction too many). Of course, a ten minute ‘surfing’ break every now and then will help but be strict with yourself and go back to your revision.

4 – Come up with mnemonics
The word stands for Make Names Easily Memorable by Organising Nominated Initial Characters. The website Student UK suggests My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas as a way of remembering the nine planets in order of distance from the sun (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto). Try and come up with names or phrases that will help you – or ask your teacher to help you.

5 – Believe in bananas
Take a leaf out of the top tennis players’ book and make use of this potassium-rich performance-enhancer to raise your energy levels. When Federer and Nadal need a lift, they don’t reach for a courtside cup of black coffee or can of energy drink, they dip into their kitbags and unzip a banana.

6 – Quality time
Ask friends over for a revision session. With things like dates and vocabulary, it’s always better if someone else is testing you, rather than you testing yourself (and peeking at the answers) – but make sure you stick to the subject!

7 – Watch television
Of course you shouldn’t try to learn the periodic table of chemical elements while watching Friends reruns or a TOWIE special. But that doesn’t mean you can’t record a favourite programme and watch it as a treat, between your revision sessions.

8 – Keep Healthy
You can do all the revision in the world but if you fall asleep in the exam because your revision runs into the early hours, it’ll count for nothing! Eat well, exercise regularly and make sure you get enough sleep in the run up to your exams to give yourself the best possible chances to achieve your potential.