Important Note: Students MUST bring to the exams a full set of writing equipment: (pencil, pen, ruler, rubber, compass, sharpener, protractor) and a CALCULATOR all in a clear pencil case.

Examinations FAQs

  • Morning exams start at 9am prompt
  • Afternoon exams start at 1:30pm prompt
  • Exam Line up will be 15 minutes before this time.
  • Your equipment in a clear pencil case – Black pen, HB pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener, highlighter.  A calculator if required but no lids, maths set (protractor, compass etc) if required
  • You may bring a bottle of water in a clear bottle with no label
  • NO – Mobile phones, Watches, MP3/4 Players
  • NO –  Potential technological/ Web enables sources of information
  • Food, unless you are diabetic in which case please speak to the Examinations Office before your exams about this
  • Your coat and bag. Arrangements will be made to store them outside of the examinations rooms.
  • No revision notes etc – nothing in your blazer pockets, sweet wrappers/ crisp packets / anything with writing on.
  • You will also need to ensure that your hands and arms are free from any notes or writing.
  • If at all possible you should attend the examination
  • If you are unable to due to serious illness you must inform the Academy Attendance Office in the usual way, but also informing them that you are due to sit an exam
  • If you are absent due to serious illness you must provide a doctor’s letter, which needs to be given to the Examinations Office within 5 days of the exam missed. The exam board will request this.
  • Do not panic!
  • Make sure you telephone the Academy and explain the situation, giving an expected time of arrival

No. Candidates leaving early can cause a disturbance that is unfair to others in the exam.

Please note that afternoon examinations may finish after the end of school so candidates may need to make arrangements to get home if you normally use the buses.

Contingency Day

These are now timetabled for the afternoons of the 6 and 13 June as well as the day of 26 June 2024. The designation of a ‘contingency day’ within the common examination timetable is in the event of national or significant local disruption to examinations in the United Kingdom. It is part of the awarding bodies’ standard contingency planning for examinations. Centres must therefore remind candidates that they must remain available until Wednesday 26 June 2024, should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan.
Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan.

How to contact the Exams Office

Caroline Rosie
Exams Manager

Email: caroline.rosie@mascallsacademy.org.uk
Tel: 01892 839026

JCQ Regulations

Ofqual Student Guides

Ofqual Student Guide 2024 Ofqual Student Checklist 2024


The documents you receive on Results Day are Statements of Results and NOT certificates. The certificates are printed and sent to us at Mascalls a long time after the results themselves. This is to allow time for any requested reviews and appeals.

You will be notified when certificates are ready for collection and you have three options:

  • To collect them in person from Reception at a pre-arranged time.
  • To provide someone with written authorisation to collect them from Reception on your behalf at a pre-arranged time.
  • To request that they be sent to you by Recorded Delivery. This can be arranged upon receipt of a cheque for £4 made payable to Mascalls Academy.

Correspondence will be emailed out to Year 13 and Year 11 that left in the Summer, prior to Christmas regarding collection of certificates. If you have uncollected certificates, please email the Exams Manager to arrange a collection.

Certificates that have not been collected after one year will be confidentially disposed of. The examination boards do not require the school to keep the certificates any longer.

Lost Certificates

Each Exam Board seems to have a different system for dealing with lost certificates. You should not assume that you will be able to buy replacements, so keep them safe!

It is becoming increasingly important that you keep your original certificates safe to show future further education establishments or future employers. We can provide you with a letter (on headed notepaper) confirming your grades and signed by the Exams Officer. This may satisfy an employer who has asked to see your certificates.

Replacement Certificates


Prepare to Perform Information Session

Please click on the links below for advice about how to prepare effectively for exams and tips on how to stay healthy during what can often be a stressful time.