See KEY DATES for the current year’s public examination timetable.  Students should not book holidays during these times.  Individual exam timetables for students appear on Edulink under the Exams tab several weeks before the beginning of the examination period.

Candidates must read the JCQ Instructions to Candidates on Edulink under the Noticeboard tab before sitting their exams.  This information is also available on the website under the students exam information tab

The JCQ regulations apply to all candidates as soon as they enter the examination room and remain in place until the candidate has left the examination room at the end of the exam.

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Electronic Devices

Mobile phones, watches (smart), ipods and other electronic devices are not allowed on the candidate’s person or in exam rooms whether switched on or off.  We are obliged to report any candidate who is discovered with such a device on their person or whose device is in their bag when in the exam room. Any such incidents could result in disqualification from that exam.

Exams begin promptly at 9.00 A.M. and 1.30 P.M.  Arrive early – if candidates are late, they may not be allowed to sit the exam.  Candidates must produce a current Beauchamps ID card to gain entry to the exam room.

Candidates must sit in the correct seat.  There will be a laminated card with your candidate details on the desk which you must sit at.   Seat numbers are also shown on Edulink under the Exams tab.  Silence must be observed at all times in the exam room.  No food is to be taken into the exam.  A small bottle of water may be placed on the floor beside the desk but the label must be removed.

You must only have on your desk what you need to complete your exam. 

Possession of unauthorised material in the exam room is considered malpractice and candidates are likely to be disqualified from all their exams. 

It is the candidate’s responsibility to bring to the exam any materials that are required for that paper, e.g. calculators without lids, specific Maths instruments, black pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, all of which must be carried in a clear plastic bag or pencil case.  Write only in black pen.

 Candidates must follow the instructions given by the invigilator at all times.  It is important to complete all their identification details on the front of the exam paper and any subsequent additional exam paper material used.

 Candidates must stop work immediately they are told to do so when the end of the exam is announced, even if in mid-sentence, and may not leave the exam before the official finish time.  Candidates are expected to leave the exam room quickly and silently as other students may still be working.


If a candidate has more than one exam due to start at the same time in the same session, this is a clash.  The Exam Boards expect candidates to be capable of managing up to 3 hours of exams in any one session and 6 hours in any one day.  If a candidate is taking two papers in different subjects in the same session, as long as the total time for these two papers is less than three hours, the papers will be taken one after another in the same room.  If a candidate is taking two or more papers in different subjects in the same session and the total time for the papers is more than three hours, one of the papers will need to be moved to either an earlier or later session and the candidate will remain under centre supervision.  The Exams Office will notify these candidates before the start of the exam period explaining the procedure and order of the papers. Clash candidates under centre supervision may bring revision materials and food and drink with them but will not have access to their mobile phone, the internet or any other electronic device.

Contact Details

For general queries relating to exams, please telephone 01268 735466 or e-mail exams@beauchamps.essex.sch.uk

For queries about exam access arrangements, exam concessions or support needs, please speak to a member of the Sixth form Team.