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Student Information

Student Information

Applying to university: UCAS information

Applying to university: UCAS information



At IKB Academy we make every effort to ensure that candidates receive the best possible preparation for their exams, that administrative arrangements run smoothly and that exams are conducted in a way that avoids stress and helps students achieve their best.

The links below will provide information about internal and external exams.  We hope this information will help answer the most frequently asked questions as well as guiding and supporting students and parents/carers through the exams process.

The Exams Office staff are:

  • Mrs Close – Exams Officer

Internal exams

At IKB Academy, Internal Exams for all years take place in the main exam halls and are conducted in accordance with the regulations laid down by the Joint Council for Qualifications. 

External invigilators are employed to supervise the internal exams ensuring students receive the best possible preparation for the formal public exams they will sit in years 11 and 13.

2023/24 Internal Examination Dates 

(Please note these dates may be subject to change)

February Year 11 Internal Exams

Please click here to view the exam timetable for February 2024. Students can view their individual timetables on The Student Portal.

  • 13/11/2023 - 24/11/2023
  • 26/02/2024 - 06/03/2024

Year 13 Internal Exams

  • 08/01/2024 - 12/01/2024

Summer 2024 Exam Contingency Days

The contingency days for the summer of 2024 have been timetabled by the awarding bodies for the afternoons of the 6 and 13 June as well as the day of 26 June 2024.

All exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the start of the exam period in May until Wednesday 26th June 2024 inclusive.

Information for Candidates

Revision and Support 

Exam policies

The following exam policies and procedures are available on request from the school's exam office:

  • Appeals procedure
  • Exams disability policy


IKB has its own catering facilities available to students at break and dinner time. Facilities provide healthy snacks and light meals. We are committed to providing healthy food and support students entitled to free school meals.

Please contact reception for further details or if you wish to speak to the catering manager regarding food allergies.



We believe that homework makes an invaluable contribution to students’ progress and should be used to reinforce or extend what is learned in school as well as to support students to develop effective independent learning habits. Students are expected to undertake homework to the best of their ability and we hope that they will feel a sense of personal satisfaction after completing tasks and from these efforts recognised and celebrated. We ask parents and carers to support us in supporting their child’s independent learning by providing a suitable space for completion of tasks and ensuring that homework is completed on time and with maximum effort.

We understand that homework is often an area of anxiety for students starting at secondary school and we try to do everything we can to help them to manage this transition.

How much homework will my child get?

Students should expect to complete one to two homework activities each school day.

What kinds of tasks will my child be set?

We want homework to be a productive use of students’ time and, where possible, for students to enjoy completing these tasks. Students have told us that they prefer variety in the tasks set and to have choice where possible and so a wide range of tasks and projects are set, ranging from interviews and experiments to research and essay writing. Where appropriate, homework will be set according to student need.

How will my child record their homework?

We know that the vast majority of students prefer to use our online platform Insight to manage their learning outside the classroom. We have extremely positive student and parent voice about how helpful Insight is for organising student work and managing deadlines. All homework is set using Insight so students and parents can easily see what has been set and access any necessary resources and we thank our parents for their support in checking deadlines and helping to ensure homework is completed and deadlines met.

For those students who need extra support with organisation or for where access to Insight is more difficult, we provide physical personal homework organisers and extra support in time management and organisation. 

How will I know how to support my child with their homework?

We ask parents to check Insight regularly to see what has been set and to have regular conversations with their children about what they are working on. We also provide a homework club after school from Monday to Thursday in the avenue with access to laptops to support tier learning activities.

How do I find out more about Insight?

If you have any problems, please email the helpline enquiries@ikbacademy.org.uk. One of the Year 10 Open Evenings provides prospective parents with the opportunity to find out more about how Insight works.

Independent study

Independent study

In the event of a school closure or should a student be at home self-isolating due to coronavirus, the school recommends the students prepare a daily plan of independent study and use the document associated with their year and follow the subject specific guidance. Should the student be studying courses at Wellsway School or SBL Academy then we recommend they visit their website for guidance on how to independently studied those subjects.

Independent study information


Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing

Before the pandemic, approximately one in four people in the UK experienced mental health difficulties annually. In the UK, the number of young people turning up at A&E due to a mental health crisis has tripled over the last decade. Covid-19 will have exacerbated this number substantially.

IKB teach a developmental PSHE curriculum, where students learn about keeping themselves safe and mentally healthy.

All staff at IKB are dedicated to supporting students' wellbeing, but this is a primary focus for the Designated Safeguard Lead, Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead and the Learning Mentor. 

If you are struggling and need support, you can talk to our Learning Mentor, ask to speak with IKB's Designated and Deputy Designated Safeguard Leads and/or make use of the below services



Domestic violence

Drug use

Eating disorders

Overall mental health


School Nursing Service

Students can book an appointment with school nurse Fiona McGlynn through their Tutor, Learning Mentor or Head of House or use the Drop in service which is starting Wednesday 16th November 2022 at lunchtime. For more information please see the link below.

Sleep issues

Suicide and self-harm

Voice hearing

Young carers

Young victims

School day and equipment

School day and equipment

All students have an organiser, which includes a guide to the school’s daily routines and the code of conduct. The times of the school day are as follows:

Monday - Friday


School starts


Registration/tutor time

8.45am - 9.05am

Period 1

9.05am  -  10.05am

Period 2

10.05am  -  11.05am


11.05am  -  11.25am

Period 3

11.25am  -  12.25pm

Period 4

12.25pm  -  1.25pm


1.25pm  -  2.05pm

Period 5

2.05pm  -  3.05pm

School finishes


Breaks and lunchtimes

Only Sixth Form students are allowed off site at morning break and lunch. Year 10 and 11 students must stay on site at break time and lunchtime unless parents have signed a consent form allowing the student to go home for lunch. Students with permission must obtain a pass. If you have a pass, you should leave the site the promptly and return for the afternoon session on time. Students should go straight home to their own house and not buy food from local shops.


All students are expected to bring a bag to school each day. This should be suitable to carry all the equipment required for your lessons and large enough to take a laptop, an A4 ringbinder and books. You should always have:

  • Clear pencil case
  • Blue or black pen x 2
  • Pencils (HB) x 2
  • Green pen
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler (15cm minimum)
  • Highlighter pen
  • Scientific calculator



At IKB we operate a two week timetable which is synchronised with Wellsway Schools timetable.  This allows us to offer IKB Students a greater choice of subjects at KS4 and KS in the 6th Form.



The IKB Academy operates a house system, we have established three houses which are:

  • Tesla
  • Shrödinger
  • Edison

Students will attend a morning registration period between 8.45am and 9.05am, this period is an opportunity for the tutors to relay important information for the day and ensure all students settle and prepare for their learning.

The tutor programme consists of a PSHE/FBV programme in alignment with Wellsway School; this includes a session using the 'vote for schools' application. Students are also exposed to a weekly year group assembly focusing on PSHE topics and are involved in a 'check and read' programme that supports students with vocabulary development and ensuring students are prepared for the day with the correct equipment.

A reward and achievement system is in place at IKB which promotes high expectations and a sense of competition between the houses.

School nurse

School nurse

School Nursing Service

Students can book an appointment with school nurse Fiona McGlynn through their Tutor, Learning Mentor or Head of House or use the Drop in service which is starting Wednesday 16th November 2022 at lunchtime. For more information please see the link below.




School uniform plays a central role in creating a sense of unity, identity and belonging within our school community. The smart style of our new school uniform reflects the high standards we expect at IKB Academy. School uniform is compulsory for all students in years 10 and 11.

This guidance is intended to support parents in ensuring their child is dressed smartly, in keeping with the high expectations of the school. If you have any queries regarding the uniform code, including requests for financial assistance to buy uniform, please contact any member of the senior leadership team.

  • Grey trousers or grey knee length skirt
  • White shirt
  • Plain black school shoes
  • School tie
  • School V-neck black jumper with the IKB logo.

IKB Academy uniform and PE kit can be purchased from Monkhouse