ACE Exams Policies

Exams Overview

As a registered and inspected school, ACE acts as an examination Centre for our own students and for students attending a number of local approved partner alternative provisions.

ACE is registered with all main exam boards (AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC and NCFE) and can offer accredited courses across Entry Level to GCSE / Level 2 and across courses as diverse as Functional Skills, GCSE’s, Duke of Edinburgh, BTEC’s and Arts Awards.

All our examination services are subject to exam board and subject specific regulations, inspections and quality control visits and our hosting of exams are subject to annual JCQ onsite inspection.

In addition to Awarding Body and JCQ required policies, our examinations work is informed by a series of key policies which are updated annually.

All students are entitled for entry for examination as and when they are assessed to be ready and disability, fair access and equality policies fully apply to this work and inform any decisions we make as to exam dispensations that may be applied for (subject to awarding body approval) for individual candidates according to need.

We do, subject to capacity, offer examination services to private external candidates.

Pupil Information
Useful Exam Resources 

Please read the following documents and make sure that you understand them, if you do not understand them or if you need any advice regarding exams then please speak to Mrs Taylor in the exams office or email

Statement of Entry

You will be given a statement of entry which lists of the exams you have been entered for by your teachers. Make sure you check that all your subjects are shown and that you are entered for the correct tier. If you think you have any problems see Mrs Taylor in the Exams Office as soon as possible.


You will be provided with you your own personalised timetable and will show you exactly when and where you will sit each exam. Check it carefully and make sure all of your subjects are listed.


The Exam Office will provide your examination equipment and an examination pack for use on the day of your exams.

Any unauthorised items e.g. glasses cases, pencil cases that are not see-through, calculator lids and instructions etc should be left in your bag.

During Your Exams

Arrive at the exam room at least 15 minutes before the start of exam.

Notices listing exam rules and regulations are displayed inside and outside the exam room. They are also included with your exam timetable. MAKE SURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THEM.

You are under exam conditions from when you enter the exam room. Find your seat quickly so that the exam can start on time. Do not communicate with other candidates in the room.

Make sure your mobile phone, iPod, MP3 etc is switched off and handed in to the Pastoral Team on arrival. If any of these items are found in your possession during an exam, WHETHER IT IS SWITCHED ON OR NOT, you will be disqualified from the exam.

No food is allowed in the exam room. You may bring in a bottle of water as long as the bottle is clear and the label has been removed. Remember that toilet breaks are only allowed in an emergency, and must be supervised.

If you have a problem during the exam, raise your hand and wait for the invigilator to come to you. Invigilators cannot answer any questions about the content of the exam paper.

If you are unable to attend an exam, call the school and let Reception know. You may be charged for exams missed without a good reason.

The main exam related policies can be found below

ACE Exam Contingency Plan

Exams Access and Disability Policy

Controlled Assessment Responsibilities Policy

Controlled Assessment Risk_management_process

Internal Assess External Qual Policy

Complaints and Internal Appeals Policy