Public exams can be a stressful time for students, parents and carers, and it is very important that all those involved are well informed. Please take time to thoroughly read all the information on this page and acquaint yourself with the examination rules and regulations.
Fitzharrys School makes every effort to ensure that our students receive the best possible preparation for their exams, that the administrative arrangements run smoothly, and that exams are conducted in a way that will cause as little stress as possible to help our students achieve their best.
Exams Office contact information
Please don't hesitate to contact the Exams Office during school ours if you have any queries. We would be pleased to answer any questions you have.
Isabel Hale - Exam Officer
01235 462405 (Monday - Thursday)
Information for Candidates
Coursework and Non-Exam Assessments
Pupils who are preparing coursework or non-exam assessments should be aware of these documents:
On the day of your exam, there is a lot of information you need to remember. Familiarise yourself with this information in advance and if there is anything you don't understand, please talk to your teacher or pop into the Exams Office for advice.
Please read the following information sheets:
Exam Room Regulations
When you are in the exam room, you are expected to behave according to exam regulations. Two exam posters will be displayed in the exam room to remind you of these regulations (see below).
You will be permitted to use a calculator for some of your exams. You are responsible for making sure that your calculator meets the awarding bodies' regulations. Please read the following information sheet for detailed guidance.
Mobile Phones & Other Devices
It is advisable to leave mobile phones, smart watches, regular watches, iPods, MP3/4 or similar and notes at home on a day when you have exams. If this is not possible, then you need to leave them in your school bag which will be stored securely in a holding room. If you still have any of these items on you when you enter the exam room, you must hand them into an invigilator.
People often like to share experiences when taking examinations. However, it is important to consider very carefully what you say online as comments could lead to an investigation for malpractice or incurred penalties. Please read the following guidelines to help you write posts and comment safely, without breaking examination rules.
Please read the privacy notice linked below to understand how, in order to be able to provide
examinations and assessments, the awarding body needs to collect and use information about candidates.
AI Use in Assessments
AI use refers to the use of AI tools to obtain information and content which might be used in work produced for assessments which lead towards qualification.
From: AI Use in Assessments: Protecting the Integrity of Qualifications, page 2.
Examples of AI misuse
Examples of AI misuse include:
- Copying or paraphrasing sections of AI-generated content so that the work is no longer the student’s own
- Copying or paraphrasing whole responses of AI-generated content
- Using AI to complete parts of the assessment so that the work does not reflect the student’s own work, analysis, evaluation or calculations
- Failing to acknowledge use of AI tools when they have been used as a source of information
- Incomplete or poor acknowledgement of AI tools
- Submitting work with intentionally incomplete or misleading references or bibliographies.
From: AI Use in Assessments: Protecting the Integrity of Qualifications, page 3.
AI misuse is considered a form of plagiarism and constitutes malpractice, as defined in the JCQ Suspected Malpractice: Policies and Procedures. Candidates misusing AI face disqualification and debarment from taking qualifications for a number of years.
Students should be made aware of the importance of referencing any AI generated content, as they do with any other used sources of information. They must acknowledge the use of AI and show clearly how they have used it. Any sources used in AI generated content must be independently verified and referenced by the student. Student must also show the name of the AI source used and should reference the date the content was generated. Student must retain in a non-editable format (e.g. a screenshot), and submit with the work to the teacher for reference and authentication purposes, a copy of the question and answer produced by the AI tool used.
Students should be informed about the risks of using artificial intelligence in their work. AI chatbots and AI tools generate content in response to prompts. As they are still being developed, the answers produced often contain incorrect or biased information as well as fake references to non-existent books, articles or people.
Students should also be reminded that any use of AI, even when appropriately referenced, means they have not independently demonstrated their own knowledge and attainment, which might be reflected in their marks.
Awarding bodies have tools to identify AI content. Several programs and services use statistical analysis of written content to determine the likelihood that it was produced by AI, including:
- OpenAI Classifier https://openai.com/blog/new-ai-classifier-for-indicating-ai-written-text/
- GPTZero https://gptzero.me/
- The Giant Language Model Test Room: (GLTR) http://gltr.io/dist/
In addition, the JCQ awarding organisations are aware that AI detection will shortly be added to the existing tool: Turnitin Originality (https://www.turnitin.com/products/originality). This tool features an AI review of a student’s work, reviewing a portfolio of evidence and will indicate the likelihood of AI use.
Assessment information and examination dates/timetables can be found below:
Year 10 Mock Exams
Year 11 Exams
Year 12 Exams
Contingency dates for examinations
There are contingency sessions within the Summer 2024 exam timetable – the afternoon of 6th June and 13th June, and the morning and afternoon of 26th June 2024. Please save these dates. These contingency days are designed to be used in the event of national or significant local disruption to examinations. Make sure you are available on all three dates even if you do not have an exam scheduled on these days.
- SENIOR MATHS CHALLENGE: Tuesday 3rd October 2023
- INTERMEDIATE MATHS CHALLENGE: Wednesday 31st January 2023
- JUNIOR MATHS CHALLENGE: Thursday 25th April 2024
Exam Results - Summer 2024
The dates for the release of examination results are:
A-level Exam Results Day
Thursday 14th August 2024
GCSE Exam Results Day
Thursday 22nd August 2024
If your results are not what you hoped to achieve, there are a number of services available to you.
A Level Results Services
GCE Results Day 14 August 2024 Post results fees and deadline - form coming soon
GCSE Results Services
GCSE Results Day 22 August 2024 Post results fees and deadline - form coming soom
If you would like to request one of the post results services, please complete the relevant appendix forms linked below and make appropriate payment electronically to Fitzharrys School.
The School Complaints Post Results and Appeals procedure, internal Appeals Procedures, and our Malpractice Policy are available upon request from the Exams Officer. Remember, if you are considering applying for a review of marking, marks can go down as well as up.