Preparing for SQA Exams in May

During the Exam Diet, it is most important, in the interests of all candidates, that the examinations take place in a calm and orderly atmosphere.  This can be achieved if everyone involved fully understands the arrangements.  I hope that parents, carers and pupils will find the following outline of our school arrangements helpful.

Attendance during the SQA examination period

Pupils in S6 will be on study leave from Thursday 27th April 2017 from 11am, immediately after the Leavers Brunch event.

Pupils in S4 and S5 will start study leave on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.  Those pupils with less than 3 N5 exams met with Mrs Patrick on Friday 21st April.  Further information for parents will follow shortly from Mrs Patrick.

 Returning to school after the exams

All current S4 & S5 pupils must return to school full-time on Monday 5th June 2016 in order to start their new timetable.  On this Monday there will be a Future Pathways event for all new S5/6, to which we expect all pupils to attend.  On this day the new timetable will be issued, and new S6 pupils will also know the outcome of their prefect application.

Current S6 pupils do not return after their last exam, but must have their leavers form signed and returned to Mrs Patrick on, or before, the day of their last exam.

Where to study

During the study period, pupils should stay at home in order to study.   If you do not wish your child to have study leave at home please write to your child’s Head of House (Depute Rector) as soon as possible.  Pupils who come in to school on a day when they have no examinations MUST “sign in” at reception on arrival and “sign out” when they leave.  This is essential to comply with Health and Safety regulations.  On days when pupils study at home, they must be at home and not around the school or village streets.  Any pupils found to be abusing “study leave” in this way will be instructed to return to school immediately and parents will be informed.

Bus travel

Pupils may travel home after an examination has finished provided they have safe means of transport.  Bus passes can be used out with normal bus times during the exam period only.  However, pupils should always have a spare bus fare with them as an emergency back-up.

Dress

Balfron High School has a very clear policy on the wearing of School Uniform.  SQA exams take place in the school environment and the standards that we expect from our pupils are unchanged.  Pupils must attend all their exams wearing full school uniform and behave in the positive manner that we would normally expect.

Examination times and seating arrangements

Lists of examination times and of candidate names for all examinations will be posted daily in the atrium.  All pupils have been issued with their individualised exam timetable along with this letter.  Parents are asked to check and keep this timetable safe.  Please note that Balfron High start and finish times may not be the same as the SQA’s.  We have made our times fit with the buses as much as possible.

It is important that each candidate notes his/her seat number and arrives at the examination room at least 10 minutes before the exam is due to start.  Each pupil’s individualised timetable will give their precise start and finish times.  This is particularly important for those who have extra time added on, as this may be at the end of the exam for a morning start, or at the beginning of the exam for an afternoon start.

  • Candidates should be aware that there may be some minor alterations made to exam rooming during the exam diet.  Any such changes will be brought to their attention by the SQA Coordinator (Mr Slavin) or an SQA Invigilator.

Candidates must normally remain in the exam room for the full duration of the examination, unless they have to leave because they feel unwell.  It can be very distracting for others if candidates leave an exam room before time is up.  The invigilator’s decision on allowing candidates to leave the room, is final.

Illness

If a candidate is unable to attend school to sit an examination because of illness, it is important that the parent / carer telephones the school on the day and, by the following day, obtains a Doctor’s Certificate which should be handed in or sent to the School Office.

Mobile Phones

The SQA take all incidents of malpractice very seriously indeed.  This may involve cheating, or use of unauthorised calculators or any type of mobile phone or smart watch.  As the school cannot be held responsible for the safe keeping of mobile phones, I ask you to ensure that the pupils’ phones remain at home, or switched off and locked inside their locker.  All pupils were made fully aware of this through S4, and S5/6, assemblies on the 19th and 20th April 2017.

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