Examination Guidance for Students & Parents

Suggestions for Parents to support thir children



  • MUST be on TIME for all examinations.
  • MUST NOT become involved in any unfair or dishonest practice. If you try to use any unfair practice, or break the rules in any way, you could be disqualified from all your subjects.
  • MAY take into the examination room only the materials and equipment which are allowed.
  • MUST NOT  take into the examination room any unauthorised materials or equipment such as NOTES, CALCULATOR cases/instruction leaflets, bags, electronic communication devices, mobile phones, iPods, mp3/4 players.
  • Any pencil cases taken into the examination room MUST be SEE-THROUGH.
  • MUST NOT use correcting pens, fluid or tape, highlighters or pale coloured gel pens in your answers.
  • MUST NOT talk or otherwise communicate with or disturb other candidates once the examination has started.
  • MUST NOT borrow anything from another candidate during the examination.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes BEFORE the start of each examination.   


FAQs for Year 11 students re GCSE results

  • What should I do if I am unhappy with my GCSE results?


If you’re unhappy with any of your results, in the first instance contact our exams officer, Romoline, to explain your concerns.

You can email Romoline at exams@st-james.barnet  - she will be able to pass your concerns on, and advise you on any next steps.

If you are planning to stay on in the Sixth Form at St James’, you can speak to Ms McCaffrey (Head of Sixth Form) who will explain our procedure for accessing a course for which you don’t have the grade.

If you are planning to go to another Sixth Form or college, you may also want to talk to the Sixth Form or college you plan to go to. They may well be flexible about their entry requirements.

You may wish to re-sit an exam -  the current plan is for a full series of exams to take place in November. We don’t yet have full details of how this will work, but please let us know if that’s something you’d like to discuss.


  • What should I do if I have changed my mind about my A-level course?


If you have changed your mind about the A-level course you would like to do, please contact Ms McCaffrey to discuss. It may be possible for you to switch to another course providing there are spaces and that you have the right grades. You can contact Ms McCaffrey by emailing – please head up your email “For the attention of the Head of 6th form” and remember to include contact details.


  • I did not apply to St James’ Sixth Form but now I want to apply. What should I do?


If you did not originally apply to Sixth Form but you have now decided you would like to join, please contact Ms McCaffrey as soon as possible using the email address above. We have had a record number of students enrolling this year but we will do our best to accommodate you!


If you have any other queries, concerns or issues with your GCSE grades, please contact us. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss how we can help.

This year has been hugely challenging for all students and schools, and we will do everything we can help you to progress on to your chosen post-16 path.


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