From Year 10 onwards, all students will take external examinations. The main external examinations are the GCSEs and A-levels. The summer timetables can be found on this page alongside key guidance for students and parents.
In addition to the external exams, there are a number of GCSE subjects whose students are required to undertake controlled assessments in the classroom, under ‘formal’ or ‘less formal’ conditions, as directed by the exam boards.
These tests are set on specific dates and times in the months prior to the main summer exams and attendance is essential if students are to successfully complete and receive an award for the subject concerned. Students will be given advanced notice of the dates and times of these assessments by their subject teachers.
Further information is available below on sitting controlled assessments. There is also information available on the rules relating to coursework and on-screen tests.
All candidates should be aware of what they are allowed and not allowed to do and bring to exams and in particular that mobile phones and other mobile devices are not permitted. Candidate should also be aware of restrictions regarding the use of social media.
All candidates must familiarise themselves with the information below. These are the regulations that must be followed and rules that must be understand and adhered to for each examination.
To help students prepare for the external examinations, we offer extensive support with revision. The PowerPoint presentation shared during the 2021-22 Year 11 Revision Information Evening can be found here.
Important exam information booklet for parents & students GCE Booklet GCSE Booklet
Rules you must always follow in examinations
A level & GCSE - Summer 2022 timetable
Arrangements for GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2022
In September, Ofqual and the Department for Education (DfE) set out the support that will be available for students taking their exams next summer, in response to the disruption to education caused by the pandemic.
Further information which has been sent to schools can be found below along with a letter to students.
On Monday 7th February, the DfE announced further information about modifications made to courses to account for the pandemic. For links to this information and for subject specific guidance, please click on the link below.
Exam Board – Information to candidates
- Privacy Notice
- Written examinations
- On-screen tests
- Non-examination assessments
- Coursework Assessments 2021
- Using social media and examinations / assessments
- Warning to Candidates
- Unauthorised Items Poster
- Self-Certification Form for examinations
- Permission to collect a Candidate Results Letter
- Permission to collect a Candidate Certificates
In all year groups, students also have internal examinations. At Trinity we call these rehearsals. Some schools use the word mocks in Years 11 and 13.
It is essential that students prepare effectively for these examinations and develop good study habits that will serve them well in the real, external examinations. Here is some advice that all students can follow as they prepare.
- Try to reach your revision targets but don’t study too much and leave yourself tired.
- Get a good night’s rest, eat well and drink plenty of water.
- Get organised for the exam, checking you have everything you need and understand what is involved.
- Arrive for your exam early – you will add to the pressure if you are running late.
- Exam papers contain all of the guidance you need. Take the time to understand the questions, the marks involved and which questions appear difficult. Start with your strongest areas offering the most marks to give yourself a confident start.
- Bring a watch or other time-keeping equipment (within the rules of the exam) to time your answers and pace yourself correctly.
- Make draft notes for long answers to plan your work and help remember all of the key areas.
- Try and leave enough time to read through your answers before the exam closes.
- You cannot change answers once the exam is finished so don’t worry about questions you found difficult, or you feel may not be correct. Instead, try to think about how you can improve your approach ready for your next exam.
Many students ask for support with revision techniques. The booklet below has been put together to provide a list of proven techniques that help students with revision. Some techniques will work better for some students than others and in younger years, we recommend that students experiment with different methods to see what works best for them.
Y10 Rehearsal Examinations & Y7, Y8 Assessments
Y12 Rehearsal Examinations
JCQ - The joint council for Qualification is the single voice for its members awarding bodies. You can get all the latest updates, key dates and timetables here.