Exams - General

GCSE Examinations 2018/19

This part of the website is for students, staff and parents. It is designed to provide up-to-date information relating to this year’s GCSE external examinations.

GCSE Revision

Students are encouraged to start revision as soon as possible, with the summer holidays between Year 10 and 11 being the ideal starting point. After school booster sessions begin in October for non core subjects (except triple science). As from January 2018, boosters will be focused on core subjects. The timetable for the boosters can be found under the Learning and Teaching → Interventions tab. Please see Learning Resources under the Learning and Teaching tab for websites you can use to revise at home. We also recommend purchasing subject specific revision guides - your teacher will advise you as to the most suitable.

Kingsley Academy has produced its own, general revision guide. This documents contains a guide to planning your revision and tips on how to revise. It also includes the revision and booster timetable and exam timetable: click here for the Year 11 revision guide:

Year 11 Revision Guide.

The PPEs (Pre-Public Exams) in December and March will also aid your revision, and students should take these extremely seriously, because their outcomes: a) may determine the tier at which you are entered (only applicable to maths, science and Spanish); b) will enable us and you to ensure we focus on the right areas for revision.

GCSE grades are changing

GCSEs in England are being reformed, with a new grading scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and maths were the first subjects to be graded in this way in August 2017. Most other subjects will be graded this way in August 2018, with the exception of business studies, design technology, community languages, media studies and film studies which will not change until 2019. Year 11 students in 2018 may therefore receive a mixture of letter and number grades in their summer results. For detailed information, you can click here:


To see how the numbered grades compared to the current A* to G system, click here or Google "Ofqual 9 to 1 postcard".

You can also find out more by reviewing the government's own presentation which gives more detail on when subjects are transferring to migrating to the new grading system and how that grading system compares with the historical one. You can also review their website campaign explaining the changes and how the grading will look.

Important administrative details

Exam entries are submitted in early Spring. Depending on the exam, the fees per student per exam range from £15.00 to £30.00. Our assumption will always be that a child will complete all the work necessary to get the best possible outcomes for the exam and so all students are always entered for all, or almost all, the exams for the subjects they are studying. If a child fails to attend the exam or fails to fulfil the pre exam criteria, therefore, we will ask for payment of the exam fee.

Students should take time to check their GCSE statement of entry. Please note that most morning examinations begin at 9:00am and afternoon examinations begin at 1:30pm. Students arriving late may not be allowed to sit the exam, due to exam regulations, and parents/carers will therefore be charged the exam fee. If there are clashes (and it is likely there will be), please confirm with the Exams Officer immediately to ensure she is aware.

If a student is unable to attend an examination it is important to telephone the school to inform the Exams Officer by 8:30am and to obtain a doctor’s medical note, which should be passed on to the Exams Officer within 24 hours. This will allow us to ask the Exam Board for dispensation and your child may not fail the exam.

A level Results Day - Thursday 15 August 2019

GCSE Results Day - Thursday 22 August 2019

The following files provide information about examination procedures, boards, timetables and support.

Examination Boards

AQA Home Page



WJEC Home Page

OCR Homepage


Exam Check List


Warning to Candidates

Information for candidates - Written Exams

Notice to candidates - Onscreen tests

Information for candidates - Privacy Notice

Information for candidates Controlled Assessments

Information for candidates - Social Media

Information for candidates - Coursework Assessments

Information for candidates: Non-examination assessments