Formal Examination Guidance

In preparation for your son/daughters forthcoming external formal examinations, please find below guidelines that are supplied by the Joint Council that all students must follow, before, during and after the examination.  Failure to do so, may jeopardise their GCSE qualifications.

If students fail to attend an examination without medical authorisation they may be subject to payment for the examination(s) that they have missed.  We would also advise that if behaviour is not acceptable and your son/daughter is removed from the main examination hall and individual invigilation is required that these costs will also be payable by the parents/carers.  

As the student’s approach the final months of their education, it is important that they have a clear revision plan and that they are focused on their preparation for exams.  This should include attendance at our Extended School Day and Holiday study sessions as well as being fully committed to all work completed in class.  Students should also be spending time at home revising whether it be through completion of exam papers or accessing revision materials via the VLE or printed resources.  Please see our revision guidance.

GCSE Results Day Fact Sheet 2018

GCSE's 2018 - Information for Parents

GCSE Examination Timetable June 2018

Internal Assessments - June 2018

As you know at North Durham Academy we do all we can to ensure that your child maximises their progress in order to secure the results needed to fulfil their aspirations over the coming years. As part of this strategy, we will be conducting next set of practise examinations in the week commencing 25th June  2018.

The rationale behind this approach is that:

  • It gives students an opportunity to become comfortable with the examination process and the associated challenges this brings.
  • It provides teachers with the information they need about students’ knowledge and skills to inform future lesson intervention planning.
  • It gives all students and parents the clearest indication of their progress at this point, as the examination performance will be measured in conjunction with coursework and controlled assessment scores where applicable.

Our intention is to give your child the most realistic experience possible. As a result, these exams will adhere to formal exam board protocols and procedures. We are therefore expecting the highest standards in relation to attendance, punctuality and conduct.

In order to maximise your child’s performance in these exams, we would expect them to prepare effectively and to put in a much effort as possible so that staff know exactly what support they will need to achieve or exceed their potential in the summer. This preparation should include a combination of independent study and attending/completing any relevant revision opportunities provided by the Academy.

I would like to thank you for your continued support in this very important year for your child and if you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact your childs Achievement Leader or Year Manager.

Years 7, 8 & 9 Assessment Window - week commencing 18th June

Year 10 Assessment Window - week commencing 25th June

Please see Year 10 Languages & Culture Student Guide - Students may find this useful when preparing for their forthcoming assessment examinations.

Year 12 Assessment Window - week commencing 25th June