GCSE Examinations

Examinations Overview

For details regarding the Examinations Timetable, Controlled Assessments, written exams, and information on the warnings given to students during exams please see the links below. It is critical that students understand the JCQ regulations. These will be modelled extensively during Mock examinations for Praising Stars within the sports hall, main hall and in classrooms.

For further information regarding exams information please contact Mrs Karen Bullock, Exams Officer 01642 454577 Ext 7194 or k.bullock@normanby.outwood.com

Exam boards are sharing further information about exams for summer 2021. The Pearson exam board has shared a guide for students, parents and carers which may be helpful.

There is a short video for parents and a video for students from OCR with regards to Summer 2021 assessments. Further details for GCSEs in 2021 can be found in the JCQ Guidance below.

GCSE Results Issue Day: Thursday 12 August 2021

Examination Guidance 2021

Please find below the Joint Council for Qualifications guidance for students, parents and guardians for GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England- Summer 2021

Coping with Exam Pressure – A Guide

Important GCSE Examination Regulations Information for Candidates


Examinations List Summer 2020

Below are the dates/times of the examinations that were due to take place in the Summer of 2020, but did not due to Covid. There are left for reference for parents and students, until we receive the new dates for 2021 examinations.


GCSE Results Day 2020

The GCSE results for Year 11 will be available for students on Thursday 20 August 2020. However due to Covid-19 it will be a different day to normal. Students will be given time-slots to arrive, via a letter during the summer holidays. We are currently surveying Year 11 to establish a time window that morning, and to ensure students are given time-slots in friendship groups, with staggered arrival times overall to avoid large gatherings as per government guidance.

Students should collect their results in person. Any relative who is collecting results on behalf of a student should bring along a letter/note on the day written and signed by that student with the phrase “I give permission for my results to be given to [Full name of person collecting results]”. The relative should also bring some form of photo ID.

Alternatively a stamped addressed envelope can be left at Reception in advance of Results Day. Please be aware the school is closed during the summer, and social distancing is in place for any building contractors and other visitors. Please note any results being posted home will not go until Thursday afternoon.

We do not give results out over the phone or by e-mail.

Frequently Asked Questions about Examinations (FAQs)

My examination timetable is wrong – how do I change it?

If you think an exam is missing or if you’ve been entered for the wrong one, you will need to speak to your teacher or the Head of Department for that subject. Our examinations office can only change a student’s exam timetable on instruction from a member of the teaching staff.

Where will I be sitting and what time do I have to be there?

For every exam, the seating plans will be on display in the morning prior to each exam at the beginning of the Maths Corridor, outside Mrs Bullock’s Office on the Technology Corridor and also at the far end of the PE corridor, ie outside the Examination Hall. Your timetable will show you the start time of the exam but you must be at the exam room AT LEAST 5 minutes before the start time.

I’ve got more than one exam at the same time – what happens?

You will usually be able to take one exam straight after the other but if this is not possible, the examinations officer will speak to you and arrange for one of your exams to be moved to earlier or later in the day – you will also be supervised between the exams to make sure the security of the exam is maintained.

What do I do if I’m late for my exam?

Firstly, don’t panic! If you arrive less than half an hour late, go straight to your exam room – the invigilators will make sure you can start your exam as soon as you arrive. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, go to the Attendance Office and a member of staff will bring you to the exam room.

What if I am ill?

If you are ill before the exam, or after the exam has started, speak to Mrs Bullock or one of the invigilators. If you are too ill to come in for your exam, please let the exam office know before the exam or as soon as possible afterwards – if you are absent from an exam without valid reason, your parent/guardian may be charged for the cost of the exam entry.

How do I receive my results?

The GCSE results for are available for students from 9am until 11.00am on the final Thursday of August each year, as set nationally. You should collect your results in person. You can nominate someone to collect results on your behalf but they must bring along a letter/note on the day written and signed by you including the phrase “I give permission for my results to be given to [Full name] (of person collecting results)” as well as photographic ID for themselves. Alternatively a stamped addressed envelope can be left with Mrs Bullock, and results will be posted home on that Thursday after noon. We do not give results out over the phone or by e-mail.

Revision Tips

1 – Get Organised
Start your revision early and make sure you know all the dates of your exams. Check for revision sessions being held by your teachers – you can be sure there’ll be at least one for each department every week. Make sure you’ve got everything you need – textbooks, notes, past papers, pens etc – and log-on to the exam board website for even more information.

2 – Go Public
Make a revision timetable on a large piece of paper and post it up somewhere at home that everyone can see it. That way, everyone knows what you are meant to be studying and when. Strangely enough, letting other people know your plans actually lightens the load, because then it’s not just down to you to motivate yourself and you’ll have better chance of sticking to it.

3 – De-digitalise
You should unplug your computer or laptop, as it can be too tempting to go off roaming the wide, open spaces of Web-fordshire, instead of ploughing through Pythagoras’ Theorem. It is also important to turn off your mobile phone (one distraction too many). Of course, a ten minute ‘surfing’ break every now and then will help but be strict with yourself and go back to your revision.

4 – Come up with mnemonics
The word stands for Make Names Easily Memorable by Organising Nominated Initial Characters. The website Student UK suggests My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas as a way of remembering the nine planets in order of distance from the sun (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto). Try and come up with names or phrases that will help you – or ask your teacher to help you.

5 – Believe in bananas
Take a leaf out of the top tennis players’ book and make use of this potassium-rich performance-enhancer to raise your energy levels. When Federer and Nadal need a lift, they don’t reach for a courtside cup of black coffee or can of energy drink, they dip into their kitbags and unzip a banana.

6 – Quality time
Ask friends over for a revision session. With things like dates and vocabulary, it’s always better if someone else is testing you, rather than you testing yourself (and peeking at the answers) – but make sure you stick to the subject!

7 – Watch television
Of course you shouldn’t try to learn the periodic table of chemical elements while watching Friends reruns or a TOWIE special. But that doesn’t mean you can’t record a favourite programme and watch it as a treat, between your revision sessions.

8 – Keep Healthy
You can do all the revision in the world but if you fall asleep in the exam because your revision runs into the early hours, it’ll count for nothing! Eat well, exercise regularly and make sure you get enough sleep in the run up to your exams to give yourself the best possible chances to achieve your potential.