At KS4 exams can be classified as internal or external examinations.

Internal examinations are set by the school and are used to assess a student's progress. The results from these exams are also used to decide which tier (level of paper) a student should be entered for in their final exams and to provide colleges with forecast grades. Internal examination results do not contribute towards a students final GCSE grade or qualification. Year 10 internal examinations are usually at the end of the spring term and the Year 11 mock examinations are usually in December.

External examinations are exams set by the exam boards (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC). These exams count directly towards a student’s final GCSE grade or qualification. The school has no control over when these examinations are timetabled, students must sit these exams on the published day.


Provisional timetables are issued to students at the start of the school year. In addition to this students are also given Statements of Entry to confirm which exams they are entered for in each exam season and final confirmation of when their exams are taking place. These will usually be issued at least one month before the exam.

Students sitting any examinations at the school must follow JCQ Guidelines.

Important regulations for all external examinations.

Please refer to the links below concerning the expected conduct of students during examinations and regulations relating to written examinations, on-screen tests and controlled assessments.

This information has been produced by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), the organisation responsible for regulating GCSE,GCE, ELC, FCSE and Functional Skills qualifications. All schools and colleges throughout England must follow their guidelines. We must report all instances of misconduct, whether they occur during exams or whilst completing coursework or controlled assessments.

For additional information please select the link below to view the booklet 'Guidance for Students and Parents’ that, amongst other things, includes our Appeals Policy.

AQA have produced this useful guide for managing exam stress

For information or queries regarding examinations, please contact Mrs Bostock, Exams Officer, dbostock@wokinghigh.surrey.sch.uk




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