January Vocational Examinations

Yesterday’s announcement to cancel the summer examination series has created a great deal of speculation and confusion regarding vocational examinations due to begin on Friday. The current DfE and exam board guidance is that examinations will continue as planned. The timetable for these examinations is as follows:

Date Year/Subject
Friday 8 January am Y10 Travel and Tourism
Monday 11 January am Y10 PE Cambridge National
Monday 11 January pm Y10 and Y11 iMedia Cambridge National
Tuesday 12 January am Y11 Engineering Cambridge National
Wednesday 13 January am Y11 Child Development Cambridge National

Students will receive copies of timetables via email and copies will also be sent to parents or carers.

Accommodating these examinations has been particularly challenging as a result of ongoing restrictions and the introduction of testing within schools to ensure the safety of all. As such, we ask for your support to allow these examinations to take place as efficiently as possible. We ask, if your child is scheduled to sit any of these exams, that you:

  • Ensure that your child arrives at school approximately 10 min before the scheduled start of the exam and is aware of the room where they will take the examination. Knowledge of seat number is useful but not essential.
  • Make sure they are equipped for the examination with a black pen, pencil and ruler.
  • Encourage your child to have a sensible meal prior to the exam. Water may be taken into the examination if in a clear plastic bottle.
  • Make sure they are in school uniform. We would advise the wearing of additional layers as the exam rooms will be well ventilated and potentially colder than normal but coats may be worn during the exams.

Those doing the examination will be able to store their belongings at the front of the examination rooms but we would ask that this is kept to a minimum to ensure a rapid start to the exam and departure at the end of the session.

A key consideration for controlling the transmission of the Covid-19 virus is ventilation. For this reason the doors of the exam rooms will need to remain open for the duration of the examination which makes disturbances more difficult to manage. Additional time will be made available, at the end of the exam, for any students who feel they have been disturbed during the course of the examination.

Unfortunately it is not possible for a student to attend school, to complete the examination, if they are currently isolating. It will, however, be possible to sit the examination at a later date.