Examinations

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

EXAM DATES 2019/20

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.

JCQ examination regulations booklet 

Year 12 mocks week commencing 15 June 2020

External summer exams 11 May - 18 June* (GCSE) 23 June* (GCE) 2020

*Wednesday 24 June is the JCQ contingency day for GCSE and/or GCE examinations. In the highly unlikely event that there is national disruption to a day of examinations in summer 2020, the awarding bodies will liaise with the qualification regulators and the DfE to agree the most appropriate option for managing the impact. As a last resort the affected examinations will be rescheduled. Although every effort would be taken to keep the impact to a minimum, it is possible that there could be more than one timetable date affected following the disruption, up to and including the contingency day on 24 June 2020.

If it was agreed to reschedule the examinations the affected candidates will be expected to make themselves available. Where candidates choose not to be available for the rescheduled examination(s) for reasons other than those traditionally covered by special consideration, they will not be eligible for enhanced grading arrangements.

Please take this contingency arrangement into account when making your plans for the summer We hope that the contingency day will not be needed, but students should not make plans ahead of time which will prevent them being available throughout the exam timetable, up to and including 24 June 2020, just in case any of their exams need to be rearranged. Once a student has completed all his/her exams there is no need to remain available, but any plans made before then are made at their own risk. 

Students can view their exam timetable on Insight under the Assessment tab. 

External summer exam timetable 2020

 

Results days 2020

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 1 pm under the assessment tab.

A level Thursday 13 August

Results will be available for collection from the Sixth Form Centre from 8am – 11am

If you have applied to University then please bring your UCAS number and password so you can log on to UCAS Track at school.

Do not come before 8 am as we need time to organise the results and prepare the best advice for those who need it. Some students will receive notifications from universities via email or Track so access to a computer is very helpful. We have computers available at school.

The sixth form team will only be available until 3 pm if students have further questions. Mrs Lale, exams officer, will be available for queries concerning post exam results services. Information regarding review of marking and post exam result services will be given out on results day.

GCSE Thursday 20 August

Results will be available for collection from the Sixth Form Centre from 10am – 12pm

Students planning to join the sixth form will be asked to join a queuing system to enrol and will wait in the Lee Sixth Centre Hub Area.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team will be able to discuss any queries regarding missed entry requirements for future courses. Mrs Lale will be available for queries concerning post exam results services. Information regarding review of marking and post exam result services will be given out on result day. 

 

INFORMATION TO 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

Information to candidates - Coursework

Privacy notice

Social media

Warning to candidates

Mobile phone poster

 

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 2019/20

Details of the courses, specification codes and awarding bodies for assessment summer 2020 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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