It’s the beginning of June and the exam season is in full flow. GCSEs started in May and many youngsters are burning the midnight oil reading, memorising and badgering parents to test their knowledge in rehearsal for the big day.
But for one school it all went a bit awry. The headteacher of this Bedfordshire establishment was so enthusiastic to push her students to try their best that she would bribe them with hamburgers and chicken nuggets if they would just show up to the exam and at least stay to the end. Further than that, she persuaded one teacher to go through the exam answers BEFORE it happened, just so the pupils were in no doubt as to the correct procedure … and the solutions.
And then, just as all was in place and the exam was in progress, nerves got to the school head. The fire alarm was set off without reason and the exam had to be abandoned. As the children streamed out of the hall to a muster station in confusion it was clear that this was a step too far. Setting off a fire alarm during an exam is annoying for all concerned and means that the inevitable remains just that. And did you also know that deliberately tampering with a fire alarm is illegal and liable to a criminal punishment? Exams can be fraught with tension. From those strategically placed desks in the gym hall, the silence, the absence of the umbilical cords we call our phones, the frantic scribbling, the watched clock, the heartbeat reverberating as questions are frantically read and comprehended. Time passes. In the end, those papers should be covered in sweat, a tear or two, hope and … relief that after a few hours in the day the thing is over, knowledge has been extracted, noted, collated in plain brown envelopes and whisked away to a desk of an unknown expert. Summer is on its way.
Best of luck to those who are taking exams, stay calm, prepare well and do the best you can do. For all your fire safety needs including fire alarms, extinguishers, fire blankets, fire risk assessments and fire safety training for your staff contact our qualified staff at Bath & West Fire & Safety.