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Exams

This section of the website holds exam information for candidates who are sitting exams over the course of this 2018/19 academic year.

Awarding Bodies

Awarding Bodies (or examination boards) are regulated organisations who govern qualifications. We are an approved examination centre for the following awarding bodies:

  • AQA
  • OCR
  • Pearson/Edexcel
  • WJEC
  • Rockschool

JCQ

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) set out the instructions for conducting examinations and assessments. This includes important information for candidates. This information is disseminated within school but can additionally be found on the JCQ website using the following link:

http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/information-for-candidates-documents.

Mock Examinations

There will be dedicated periods this academic year for formal mock exams. Dates planned are as follows:

Week commencing Monday 3rd December 2018 –  The timetable can be download here.

2019 Summer Exam Timetable

Our summer exam timetable is to be confirmed, but it is essential that students avoid taking any time off during this period to ensure they are available for revision sessions and full attendance of the exams they have been entered for. Students must wear full school uniform for every exam and bring appropriate exam equipment.

Statements of Entry

In advance of any exams all candidates are given the following information:

  • A “Statement of Entry”: this tells a candidate exams and components they have been entered to take
  • An Individual Exam Timetable: this tells a candidates when the exams they have been entered for are taking place
  • A JCQ “Information for Candidates” document: the JCQ – Joint Council for Qualifications - written this document to help exam candidates be clear about exam procedures

Candidate are also frequently reminded of forthcoming exams through staff, email, social media and also via information supplied in the student shared area of our computer network and on the Exam Information Board located on the first floor of our school.

Results Day

GCSE results will be released to candidates on: TBC

Post Result Enquiries

Enquiry about Results (EAR)

In extreme cases, a candidate may feel that he/she has grounds for making an EAR to the examination board for one of your results. There are various levels of enquiry that can be made including asking for a re-mark of his/her paper. You should discuss this with the relevant Head of Department. This is expensive and we cannot apply without good reason. All enquiries must be submitted to the Exams Office via the Head of Department by the first week in September. Candidates must sign a consent form before this can be processed.

Re-marks are normally paid for by the school, but only with the support of a senior member of staff. If the Head of Department/ senior member of staff does not support a candidate’s wish to appeal against your result but he/she still wishes to go ahead, he/she must pay the fee before the application can be made. Written consent is also required before the application can be made. In these instances, contact must be made with the Exams Officer or Mr Salmon, Vice Principal as soon as possible.

Access to Scripts (ATS)

In addition to these services, a candidate can apply to see his/her original marked exam papers. Consent is required and there is a fee for each paper, usually paid for by the school, if there is deemed to be sufficient cause. This must also be requested via the Head of the Department for the relevant subject.

Any applications to obtain exam papers must be made through the relevant Head of Department and submitted to the Exams Office by the first week in September.

Centre Assessed Results and Review of Marking

Some qualifications include components that are not written examinations. These include controlled assessments and non-examination assessments and are marked by members of staff. Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill is committed to ensuring the process for doing this is done fairly and consistently and in accordance with the awarding body’s specification and subject-specific associated documents.

We have a written procedure for reviews of marking which can be viewed here.

Certificates

Certificates are presented to Year 11 (summer leavers) at our annual event in November each year. Full details are supplied closer to the event.

Any certificates not collected on the evening will be available for collection from the school reception in person for two weeks after the celebration event.

Certificates are only retained for a period of 12 months so it is imperative certificates are collected within this time frame.

Contacting our Exams Officer

Our school Exams Officer is Ms Denise Farrell. She can be contacted on Tel: 02380 393660 Ext. 72613 or by email at Denise.Farrell@oasislordshill.org.