Examinations

The Examinations Officer is Mrs Carol-Anne Lale, contactable by email c.lale@ralphallenschool.com or telephone 01225 838014

EXAM DATES 2020/21

Spring Assessments 19 - 30 April 2021

Please see here the time table for spring assessments and the information for year 11 and year 13 students. 

External Summer exams summer 2021 - CANCELLED 

Department of Education update 25 February 2021– Announcing how students will be assessed and awarded their GCSE, AS and A levels this year…

  • Students will receive grades determined by teachers
  • Teachers will be given clear guidance on using a range of evidence to assess pupils including coursework and optional questions from exam boards that teachers can use
  • Students will only be assessed on what they were taught
  • There will be multiple checks from schools, colleges and exam boards to ensure fairness for pupils
  • Every student will have the right to appeal their grade
  • Results days will take place in earlier in August. A level results day 10 August, GCSE results day 12 August.

Department of Education press release 25 February 2021 Teacher assessed grades for students – Fairness and flexibility at the heart of plans to ensure young people can progress to next stage of education or career.

Published 25 February 2021, an article by the chief regulator at Ofqual explaining how qulaifications will be awarded in 2021 here

Results Days 

A levels Tuesday 10 August

GCSEs Thursday 12 August

Collecting your exam results in person is strongly advised so you are able to access support and guidance from members of staff on site should you need to.

If you wish a relative or friend to collect your results you must send a signed letter of authorisation with the collector. Results will not be given over the telephone under any circumstance. Any results not collected on the day will be posted to your home address. Please make us aware of any changes.

If you are unable to receive your results via the options above you will be able to view them on Insight from 2 pm under the assessment tab.

 

Internal mock exams 

Internal mock examinations will be conducted under formal examination conditions using the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations in order for students to experience the expectations for external exams. Students should familiarise themselves with the information within the candidate handbook and the JCQ publications booklet both of which are issued to students via their tutors. The awarding bodies take the security and integrity of external examinations very seriously. The handbook and the JCQ booklet give students guidance on examination procedures and thereby eliminating possibilities of any suspected candidate malpractice arising in external exams which could lead to penalties and potential disqualification. Click here for Year 13 mock candidate handbook.

Internal mock exam dates

Year 12 mocks Term 6 

 

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

The following information is issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications and should be read and understood by students taking external examinations.

Information for candidates - Written Examinations

Information for candidates - Onscreen Tests

Information for candidates - Non Examination Assessment

Privacy notice

Social media

Warning to candidates

Unauthorised items poster

JCQ examination regulations booklet 

INTERNAL APPEALS PROCEDURE

Our internal appeals procedure covering internally assessed marks and post results services has recently been updated. Internal Appeals Procedure Policy

ON EXAM DAY

Candidates must arrive on time.

Should you experience problems on your journey to any of your exams e.g. you are unwell or delayed, please contact the Exams Officer on 01225 838014. If we are unavailable to take your call please leave a message including your name and telephone number in case we need to call you back.

If you arrive late, but before the published start time, go to your exam venue.  You may be asked to report to the Exam Officer if your absence has already been reported.

If you arrive after the published start time you must report to the Exam Officer in the first instance and will be taken to your exam venue.

Illness or absence

Illness and other absences must be reported to the Exams Officer prior to the exam beginning. A parent/carer must ring the Exams Officer on 01225 838014 if for any reason you are unable to attend your exam and advise her accordingly. This action should be taken before your exam takes place.

In the event of illness during your exam you must advise the Invigilator for your room at the time.

EXTERNAL EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENTS 2020/21

Details of the courses, specification codes and awarding bodies for assessment summer 2021 are shown below.

GCSE and Equivalent 

A Level and Equivalent

CERTIFICATES

Your certificates are valuable documents. Valuable in the sense that replacements can cost up to £45 per certificate but also as they are proof you studied at Ralph Allen School and completed the course. This is irrespective of the grades you achieved.

If you go on to further education at any time in the future you will need to produce them. Many employers will also ask to see them. It is in your interest to collect your certificates even if you don’t think you will ever need them.

We are only obliged to keep your certificates for one year after which they will be securely destroyed. Replacements will only be available directly from the relevant awarding bodies at a cost as previously mentioned.

Previous years certificates

There is limited availability to collect previous years certificates and by prior arrangement only. Certificates will not be available during examinations or results periods. You should either;

1.    Email Mrs Tooley, Examinations Assistant s.tooley@ralphallenschool.com asking to arrange collection. If you are unable to collect certificates yourself you may email Mrs Tooley with details of who you would like to collect them on your behalf. The nominated person will need to bring photo ID with them upon collection. Unfortunately if we cannot see any ID we will not be able to release your certificates.

2.    Complete and return the certificate postage request form to request postage of your certificates together with a payment of £4.50 to cover the cost of recorded delivery and packaging. 

I’ve lost my examination certificates, where can I get hold of copies?

You will need to contact the awarding body directly to receive a replacement certificate or certified statement of results https://www.gov.uk/replacement-exam-certificate. If you cannot remember which awarding body you took your examinations with you will need to contact each in turn to see if they have a record of you achieving a qualification with them. Please note that there is generally a charge for issuing confirmation of qualifications and you will need to be able to prove that you are the certificate holder.

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