Examinations

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

CERTIFICATES

Your certificates are valuable documents. Valuable in the sense that replacement copies can cost up to £45 per certificate but also as they are proof you studied at Ralph Allen 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.

How to get your certificates.

The best time to collect your certificates is during certificate presentation evenings. Celebration evenings will be arranged for students who sat exams in summer 2019 allowing you to come back together and collect your certificates. The A level evening will be held in the sixth form centre on 16 December and the GCSE evening will be on 5 December in the main hall. Details to be announced nearer the time. If you are unable to attend this event, and are no longer a student at Ralph Allen, your certificates will be made available for collection from the main school reception.

GCSE 9 - 12 December 2019

A level 6 - 10 January 2020

Certificates may be collected by a friend or relative by giving us written authorisation. Photo ID must be provided by the person collecting on your behalf.

If you would like your certificates to be posted to you, please note that they will be sent by Recorded Delivery at a cost of £4.50. This can be organised through the schools cash office online payment system whist you are a current student or via cash or cheque once off roll. Please complete this posting request form and return to the exams office 

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.    Use this Certificate Postage Request Form  to request postage of your certificates with a payment of £4.50 to cover the cost of recorded delivery and packaging. Cheques payable to Ralph Allen School.

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.

EXAM DATES 2019/20

External November GCSE resits

There is an opportunity to resit GCSE Mathematics and English Language in November. English Language exams take place on 4 & 6 November. Mathematics take place on 5, 7 & 11 November. The deadline for exam entries is 27 September.

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 and Year 11 Mock Candidate handbook

Year 11 mocks week commencing 25 November 2019 Timetable

Year 13 mocks week commencing 20 January 2020

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. 

Please see the provisional timetable below which can be used as a guide until exam entries are made. Once entries are made students will be issued with their individual timetables which override this provisional timetable.

Provisional external summer exam timetable 2020

Results days 2020

We advise being present on results day so that you can access support from staff available on the day should the unexpected happen. Please bear these dates in mind when making holiday plans.

A level Thursday 13 August

GCSE Thursday 20 August

 

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 that were followed and assessed summer 2020 are shown below 

GCSE and Equivalent 

A Level and Equivalent