Exams

GCSE and A level examinations are public exams which have set start and end times dictated by the exam boards.

Morning exams start at 9.15 (students are expected onsite by 8.40)

Afternoon exams start at 2.00 (students are expected onsite by 1.30)

Lateness

If a student arrives to an exam after the paper has already been started they may not be allowed to enter the room so it is imperative that students arrive on time.

Exam room rules

Students are not permitted to communicate with any other student during an exam.

Students are also not allowed to have a mobile phone or any pieces of paper on their person. These must be left in their bags which are not allowed in the exam room or passed to a member of staff for the duration of the exam. If a student is found to be in possession of a mobile phone (or any other smart device including smart watches) we are duty bound to inform the exam board who may decide to invalidate their exam paper, even if the device is switched off.

Students cannot leave an exam room early even if they have finished their paper.

Students are not permitted to eat or drink during exams with the exception of water. The water should be in a transparent bottle with the label removed.

Uniform during the exams period

Students are expected to wear full school uniform throughout the exams period. The exception to this may be when the weather is particularly warm when students are permitted to remove their ties and blazers.

A level students should continue to wear smart clothing throughout the exam season.

Equipment for exams

Students are expected to bring their own equipment for exams. This should be carried in a transparent pencil case or small bag. The minimum expectation would be:

  • 2 black pens

For exams such as science and maths students will also require:

  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Scientific calculator

Sickness

If a student is ill on the day of a written exam and is so sick that s/he cannot come to school, a parent or guardian must ring the school immediately to inform the Exams Officer.  As evidence of the sickness a medical certificate should be obtained which must be signed by the doctor.  The certificate should be sent to the Exams Office at the earliest opportunity so that the relevant exam board can be notified of the reasons for the absence.

Examination clashes

If there is an examination clash exams will be sat one after the other.  The Examinations Officer will be aware of this situation and will speak to any student concerned.

Exam preparation

In the lead up to public examinations students will have the opportunity to attend revision sessions for each subject. These may take place before school, at lunchtime, after school or during the holidays. These are free of charge and of great use to students who may need extra support during the exam season. We also provide rooms for students to use for quiet independent revision.

Staff also run ‘warm-up’ sessions just prior to exam papers to prepare the students and ensure they are all present before the paper starts. For morning exams these start at 8.40 and afternoon exams at 1.30.

Students should also be revising at home, even if they are attending the revision classes at school. Staff work hard to teach students revision techniques that they can use at home so that students can become more independent. For more information on how you can support your child through exams at home please visit:

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/helping_with_exams/

Ramadan and Exams

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has worked with a wide range of British Muslims to produce an information paper for schools and colleges to help the leadership team initiate discussions with Muslim students and their families on how best they can balance their Islamic obligations and do well in their exams.

We have selected some of the advice and guidance to share with parents of students observing Ramadan during this examination period.  We have been made aware of the flexibility of Islamic Law to delay or withdraw from fasting and late night prayers if it is believed performance in exams could be affected and that Islam does not require Muslim students to put their futures in jeopardy.  The report also states that Muslim students may “break the fast and make it up later if they feel fasting will in any way jeopardise their performance”.

The guidance asks that we inform students and their families that “extra devotions in Ramadan are voluntary; whereas for a child or young person to perform well in exam given their consequences is obligatory”.  It therefore recommends that where students have important exams they should not spend all night praying to avoid being tired and therefore unable to perform as well in their exams.  We would like to highlight that following government changes to A Level assessments exams for many subjects are now much longer than previously with students sitting 2 hour exams or longer which has not previously been the case.

If you are happy to let us know whether your son/daughter is fasting we can aim to support them by running their revision sessions in cooler classrooms/ensuring they are near fans and providing a quiet space for them to rest during the lunch break.

Twitter

Twitter
- Nov 23
The next two weeks mark Sixth Form Taster Week! We look forward to sharing with the Yr11s all the subjects on offer at EEHS and the virtual open evening on Thursday. For more information about joining us, please visit the sixth form page of the website! #eehssixthform https://t.co/x5haBVzapj
Twitter
- Nov 20
Big shout out to our Yr 11s for getting to the end of assessment week! 👌👍 https://t.co/EVSgePiUKs
Twitter
- Nov 19
We have just built a new Covid attendance dashboard using PowerBI which enables us to track cases and identify possible issues before they develop further. Combined with measures introduced in September, it means we can continue to keep school open to as many students as possible https://t.co/vZrquQ4o8K
Twitter
- Nov 19
We are constantly looking for ways to inspire our students to look at different career paths. This year we want to hold a virtual careers fair featuring a variety of sectors. If you, or someone you know, would be willing to get involved please email heaneyn@eehs.surrey.sch.uk https://t.co/wP1v5mIyT1
Twitter
- Nov 18
At EEHS with offer a vast range of A Level & Btec subjects, can you guess which subject this diagram is from? Interested in the sixth form? Join us for our virtual open evening next Thursday (more details on the website) https://t.co/Avq0KloSk2
Twitter
- Nov 16
Here are some ways to feel more positive this week🌟🌈👍 https://t.co/9sJqEYeQuf
Twitter
- Nov 13
More creative visual revision from the Year 12s! 👏 https://t.co/ZfFFQHqoCF
Twitter
- Nov 13
Today marks World Kindness Day. What will you do today to make our community a better place? https://t.co/2yuOinUVgN
Twitter
- Nov 12
When you ask Yr 12 psychology students to creatively revise the structure of neurons ahead of assessment week & they create this epic visual demonstration. Wow! https://t.co/VbaqfflwAI
Twitter
- Nov 9
We’re looking forward to welcoming students and staff back this morning for the second half of the Autumn term. See you all soon! https://t.co/0ErgJoK33O
Twitter
- Nov 8
Calling all our sixth formers! Have you downloaded the Young Professionals app yet? #nextsteps #planningahead https://t.co/289h2dOLeR
Twitter
- Nov 6
Big shout out to our very own Dulcie (Yr 11) who is part of the Fulham Girls Development squad and was selected as the face of a recent social media post for the club. Go Dulcie! #girlsinsport ⚽️ 🥅 https://t.co/nKRjlD78FI
Follow Us

School
Ambassadors

Miss Sivakumar

Miss Sivakumar

Teacher
  “I am really proud of the teacher I have become, the help and support I have received has really aided my professional development.”
Toby

Toby

Student
“Moving to Epsom and Ewell was the best decision I have made. The teachers have been so supportive and friendly.”
Leila

Leila

Sixth Form Student
  “Epsom and Ewell has given me the greatest memories and supported me hugely since I started in year 7. I don’t want to leave!”
Dan

Dan

Sports Captain
“It takes leadership and confidence to do well at sport. The staff at the school provide lots of opportunities for me to develop these skills”
Yoohyun

Yoohyun

Student
“The good subject knowledge of the teachers and excellent relationships with staff mean I am able to perform at my best.”
Archie

Archie

Year 9 Deep Learning Team
“Learning is done differently at Epsom and Ewell High School. We are always challenged to come up with our own ideas.”
Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

×