It is the policy of the school to enter as many pupils as possible for public examinations at the appropriate level in all subjects. This ensures pupils leaving school have the best qualifications it is possible for them to achieve.

In addition, it provides an assessment from outside the school of the standard being achieve in the teaching of each subject. In general, pupils are entered for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination. Pupils will be awarded grades on an eight point scale A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G. From Summer 2017 a new nine point scale will be introduced, starting with English and Maths, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Within each subject there will be a choice of papers or questions which will give candidates of all abilities the opportunity to show what they understand, know and can do. Teachers will consequently have to guide pupils on which papers and / or questions to attempt.

Entry for examination in GCSE will, therefore, not only be concerned with the subject, but also the level expected within the subject. The school, however, will not enter pupils who have failed to complete the necessary coursework assignments or whose attendance and attitude have given little indication of their desire to be entered for the examinations.

Some pupils for whom 9 GCSE examinations is inappropriate, will study a combination of courses leading to GCSE’s and other nationally recognised qualifications.

Internal or Trial Examinations

We aim to give the younger pupils in the school the opportunity to learn about what to expect when they come to sit formal examinations as they progress to Key Stage 4.  Pupils will learn the rules and regulations that apply when they are taking these.  When they sit an exam they will be expected to follow instructions from invigilators, be organised and to have the correct equipment required.  Support and guidance will be offered for helping pupils to manage any anxieties that they may feel.