Examinations & Revision
Note: GCSE gradings changed in Sept 2017. A*-C becomes 9-1.
We are committed to achieving the highest standards in our schools. That’s why we have revised our GCSE qualifications in England to make them more demanding. We have done this so our young people have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in 21st century Britain, and to match those of their peers in high-performing education systems elsewhere in the world.
The new qualifications are the result of a long and careful process of reform and involved extensive consultation with schools, universities and employers.
The new, more challenging GCSEs will help young people develop the skills that employers tell us they need.
Not all GCSEs are changing at once – English language, English literature and maths were the first to change, with students sitting these exams in the summer of 2017. You can find the list of subjects in which students will be sitting reformed GCSEs in 2018 in our factsheet.
By 2020, all GCSEs in England will be reformed and graded using numbers instead of letters. However, most GCSEs taken by students at schools in Wales and Northern Ireland will continue to be graded A* to G. Ofqual, the exams regulator, have produced guidance which helps explain the differences and similarities between GCSE qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Certificates for A Level and GCSE exams sat in May and June 2018 will be ready for collection from Monday 19th November
Certificates for A Level and GCSE exams sat in May and June 2018 will be ready for collection from Monday 19th November. Please note the following:
- If your son or daughter is a student at The Forest, these will be available for them to collect from Mrs Cooley in the Sixth Form Centre.
- If your son or daughter has left, these can be collected from the main reception, between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday - Friday during term time.
- When collecting from reception, we will ask to see a form of ID to ensure your son or daughter receives the correct certificates.
- If your son or daughter would like to nominate someone to collect the certificates on their behalf, please ensure they inform the school, in writing prior to collection, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The nominated person will also be asked to show ID.
Exam Information you need to know
- Arrive in school uniform.
- Coats and bags are not permitted inside the exam room.
- Ensure you know your individual candidate number. This must be written on every exam paper.
- Bring all the equipment you need with you in a clear pencil case. All exams must be written in black ink. Ensure you have pens, pencils, maths sets and a calculator. Equipment will not be provided in the exam room.
- You may bring a non fizzy drink in a clear bottle with the label removed. Sweets are permitted but wrappers must be removed in advance.
- Exams start at 9.00 am or 1.30pm (Note: different times for mock exams). Please arrive in plenty of time. Seat plans will be clearly displayed outside the exam room, Ensure you know your seat number before entering the exam room.
- Once inside the exam room you may not leave until the end of the exam.
- Pay attention to the ‘Rules’ posted outside of the exam rooms, with particular regard to mobile phones, other communication devices, and revision notes.
- Once inside the examination room you must remain in absolute silence. Do not speak or communicate in any way with other pupils. Do not write or draw any offensive material on the desk or any examination stationary. Listen carefully to the invigilators instructions.
- If you have any questions, raise your hand and wait for assistance. Carefully read the instructions on the front of the examination paper. Check you have been given the correct paper, subject and tier.
- If in doubt ask the invigilator before the exam starts.
- If the fire alarm sounds during your exam, remain silent and await instructions from the invigilator.
- You must stay until the end of the exam. If the exams finishes after the buses have left you are responsible for your own transport home, so check your exam times and make arrangements beforehand.
- Late arrivals: If the exam is in progress then you will be allowed in and given full time. If you arrive after the exam has finished you must contact Miss Farr immediately on arrival. Do not speak to other pupils who have taken the exam. If you have any queries regarding exams please see Miss Farr.