GCSE results will be available between 9 am and 12 noon on Thursday 23 August. Members of staff will be available on this day to offer advice and guidance regarding suitable post-16 courses and pathways. Anyone wishing to collect results on behalf of a student will need to show ID and a written letter from the student giving consent for that person to collect their results. Unfortunately we cannot give out students’ results to anyone else, including parents, without this written permission and accompanying identification. Under no circumstances are we able to give results to anyone, including students, over the phone.
If you are unable to collect your GCSE results on Thursday 23 August, you can provide the Exams Office with a stamped address envelope and they will post them home.
The college will receive exam certificates in November 2018. We can arrange to post out the certificates to your home address by recorded delivery in a certificate envelope for the cost of £3. You can pay for this through your Parent Pay account or by cash/cheque to the Finance Office. Please remember to notify us of a change of address in the meantime. Alternatively, students will be notified by letter when the certificates have arrived so that they can come into college to collect them.
If you have any questions about exam results, please contact our Examinations Officer, Miss Whorne (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have any other queries, please contact Mr Sutherland, Vice Principal (email@example.com). Please remember that members of staff work very limited hours during the summer break so you will not receive a response as quickly as usual.
Information about preparing for and sitting exams
As we approach the exam season when revision and preparation dominates our time, teachers and parents/carers need to help all of our students to prepare for the exams ahead.
Each student has been given a personalised exam timetable which includes the venue for all exams and the seat in which they will be sitting. We recommend that students check the seating plans before every exam so that they know exactly where they will be; this approach can reduce stress on the day.
Please be aware that no equipment will be handed out in the exam rooms. All students are expected to bring to every exam black biro-style pens to write with, pencils and a ruler in a clear case, as well as any subject specific equipment required such as a calculator. The requirement that a black ball-point pen is used comes from the exam boards. This means a biro-style pen; gel pens and ink pens are not permitted.
All bags will be stored in a locked room away from the exam room. Phones and other internet enabled devices (including watches) are not permitted in the exam room and we strongly suggest these are left at home. If they are brought into the college, it is the students’ responsibility to store them as we will not be collecting phones at the start of exams. Any student with a phone or internet enabled device in the exam room, even if it is turned off, will be subject to disqualification.
Before and during exams
Students must arrive fully equipped for the exam 10 minutes before the start time stated on their timetable. To reduce stress we will aim to start every exam promptly following the reading of the JCQ guidelines:
You must not become involved in any unfair or dishonest practice in any part of the examination. You must:
- not sit an examination in the name of another candidate.
- not have in your possession any unauthorised material or equipment which might give you an unfair advantage.
- not have possession of a mobile phone or other unauthorised item or materials, even if you do not intend to use it. If you do, you will be subject to a penalty and possible disqualification.
- not talk to, attempt to communicate with or disturb other candidates once you have entered the examination room.
- follow the instructions of the invigilator.
- speak only to an invigilator if, during an exam, you have any questions. You must raise a hand and wait for an invigilator.
- in any unexpected circumstances such as a fire alarm, simply follow the invigilators’ instructions.
We have recently invested in brand new exam desks in order to improve the exam experience for students. Please be aware that these must not be written on or vandalised in any other way. Failure to follow this instruction will result in a student being charged for the desk and their invitation to the Prom revoked.
Parents/carers can support their child in preparing for the exams by keeping them well fed, watered and rested! Visualising the exam process and being organised at this time can improve exam performance.
Students will follow their normal college timetable until advised otherwise. Part way through the exam season, when it becomes impractical to continue with the normal timetable, it will be replaced with a schedule of revision sessions and exams. Please be aware that all students are required to wear full uniform at all times when they are in the college until the end of the summer term, even after their leavers' assembly has taken place.
Details about revision sessions taking place during the Easter or half-term break at the end of May will be available closer to the time.
If you have any questions about exam entries, please contact our Examinations Officer, Miss Whorne. If you have any other queries, please contact the appropriate subject teacher; Miss Bentley, Head of Year 11 or Mr Moore, Pastoral Support Manager.
Students must wear full uniform at all times when they are in the college until the end of the summer term, including exams and term time revision sessions. After you no longer need it, please bring in any good quality items of uniform that you would like to donate to be used by the pastoral team. You can leave your donations with the reception staff.
Sixth Form Taster Day - 27 June 2018
Students who have applied for a place in Sixth Form will spend the day experiencing KS5 lessons and life as a Spires College Sixth Former.
Personlised timetables will be distributed closer to the time.
Please contact Mr Kay if you would like to speak to him about joining our Sixth Form.
Year 11 Prom
The Year 11 Prom will take place on Friday 29 June at The Imperial Hotel. Reception is at 7 pm and carriages are at midnight. Attendance to the Prom is dependent upon students demonstrating appropriate behaviour during their last year at college as well as attending the required amount of extra study sessions.