Examinations

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

Arrangements for GCSEs, A levels and Vocational Qualifications in 2022

Ofqual’s Chief Regulator has written an open letter to students to help reassure concerns at the thought of taking exams after the disruption experienced. It outlines the changes to exams and assessments put in place to make them as fair as possible during the pandemic. In addition, on 8 March, Ofqual published a student guide to exams and formal assessments in 2021 to 2022. This guide explains what is in place to support you in taking exams and assessments. It also provides other information about this year’s arrangements.

 

EXTERNAL SUMMER EXAMS 16 May - 24 June* 2022

*Wednesday 29 June is the JCQ contingency day for GCSE and/or GCE examinations. If there is national disruption to a day of examinations in summer 2022, 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 29 June 2022.

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 29 June, just in case any of their exams need to be rearranged. Once a student has completed all their exams there is no need to remain available, but any plans made before then are made at their own risk. 

Please click on the link below for details of the

External Summer Exam Timetable 2022

Students and parents can view their personal exam timetable on Insight, under the assessment tab. In addition, students should read the candidate handbook which gives information on what to expect on exam day and information for results days and certificates.

GCSE Candidate Handbook 

A level Candidate Handbook  

These handbooks should be read in conjunction to the information to candidates issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications below. 

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

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.

Special considerations

Special consideration is a post-examination adjustment to a candidate’s mark or grade. This is to reflect temporary illness, temporary injury or some other event outside of the candidate’s control at the time of the assessment. For further details, please see the JCQ website for a guide to the special consideration process

You must tell an invigilator at the time of your exam if you feel unwell or experience any other circumstances that affect your performance. You will be asked to complete a special considerations request form if you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you have been absent from an examination due to illness you will be asked to complete a JCQ/ME Form 14 and return it to the Exam Officer with supporting evidence.

RESULTS DAYS 2022

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 11am, under the assessment tab.

A level Thursday 18 August

GCSE Thursday 25 August

 

EXTERNAL EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENTS 2021/22

Details of the courses, specification codes and awarding bodies for assessment summer 2022 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 ras-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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