Examinations

Examinations 2021

Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government has decided that the Summer 2021 examination series will not go ahead as planned. Instead, schools will determine your grades, based upon a range of evidence. These results will then be reviewed by the exam boards who designed each course, before awarding the final grades which reflect your performance on content you have been taught.

Our Centre Assessed Grade Policy is available below:

Teacher Assessed Grades Policy

JCQ have also created a helpful document for students and parents on how GSCE and A Level grades will be awarded in 2021. 

Guidance for Students and Parents on Summer 2021
Guidance for Students and Parents on Summer 2021

Ofqual have also produced a guide to the awarding process.  It is available below. 

Ofqual Student Guide Summer 2021


Results Days

The dates for the collection of examination results for the summer 2021 examination series are as follows:

A-Level and Level 3 BTEC: Thursday 10th August 2021 from 8.30am

GCSE and Level 2 BTEC: Thursday 12th August 2021 from 9.00am

Following collection of your GCSE results, you will confirm your Sixth Form courses with the Sixth Form team.   Further details on this will be sent out in due course.

Appeal Process and GCSE Resits 2021: 

If you are unhappy with their grade, and either have been unsuccessful in their appeal or chose not to appeal, you will have the opportunity to sit an examination in the autumn term.  Alternatively, you may choose to be entered again in the summer 2022 examination series.

If you decide that you want to sit an exam in the Autumn series please email exams@stedcamp.bham.sch.uk by Friday 27th August 2021 stating your name, year group and specifically which examinations you wish to take.

AS and A-level exams will be held in October and GCSE exams will take place in November and December.

Please note that these are NOT mandatory exams

Regardless of where you intend to study for post-16, whether here at St Edmund Campion Catholic School or elsewhere, if you do intend to resit any examinations in the Autumn series, they will be held here at St Edmund Campion School.

A copy of our Grade Appeals Policy is below. 

SEC Appeals Policy 2021

To appeal your grade, you must complete the JCQ Appeals Form and email it to Mr. A Evans evansa@stedcamp.bham.sch.uk.  Please ensure you have read the Grade Appeals Policy before submitting the Appeals Form. 

JCQ Appeals Forms


Transition into Sixth Form

If you have applied to join our Outstanding Sixth Form then you hold a conditional offer for the Sixth Form. This means you need to:

• Achieve 6 grade 4s (or equivalent) including English Language

• Meet the specific entry requirements for each individual subject that you opt for

You can check them here:

A Level & BTEC Courses 

 

Year 11 into Sixth Form Bridging Work

The outline for the four weeks of ‘Step Up to Sixth Form’ transition are:

Week 1 (31st May) – Bridging Work

Week 2 (7th June) – Bridging Work

Week 3 (14th June) – Bridging Work

Week 4 (21st June) – Bridging Work Completion, Year 12 Masterclasses Day and One-to-One enrolment Meetings

The Bridging Work consists of tasks to complete to help you to immerse yourselves in the subjects you have chosen to study at Level 3. There are four weeks’ worth of tasks that you will complete from home, submitting tasks as you complete them. Your Year 12 teachers will support you through this work and are at the end of an email if you need support with the tasks on offer. Mrs Griffiths will also send out to you a weekly PPT tailored to you and filled with additional opportunities and relevant information. The Bridging Work will culminate in a transition ‘Masterclasses Day’ on Wednesday 23rd June.  We are especially excited about welcoming you to experience a full day as a Sixth Form student on your Masterclasses Day. This is a day to find out what it feels like to be a Sixth Former ahead of September. No need for uniform, you will be in your own clothes in the Common Room, outlining your vision for the year ahead and experiencing lessons in the subject areas of your choice. Following this, on either the 24th or 25th June you will be invited in for a One-to-One enrolment meeting where we will be able to discuss your bridging work, future plans and subject choices.

This page has been assembled to help take some of the stress out of your exams. It has been designed to give both you and your parents the necessary information you need to have a successful exam series so take the time to read through it.

All examination boards have strict guidelines, which both you and the school must follow. Every year we are inspected to ensure we administer exams correctly. I would like to draw your attention to the ‘Notices to Candidates’. These notices detail the do’s and don’ts when taking written exams, on screen exams, controlled assessments and producing coursework. You can access a copy of each of these notices on the warnings page, please read them carefully. Please also note the Appeals section, this details the Internal appeals procedure for internal assessment decisions.

Many students and parents have questions or queries regarding exams. If you have a question or query you can either come to my office or call me on the number below. Remember, I am here to help so do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr A Evans, Exams Manager

0121 464 7700


Before The Examination

Timetables

When you have been entered for an exam you will receive an Examination Timetable. This lists all the exams you have been entered for giving the following details:  

  • Subject and tier
  • Start time
  • Date
  • Duration  

You must make sure you check all the details on your timetable including your personal details i.e. name, date of birth etc. If you notice any mistakes or you are not sure whether you have been entered for the correct tier, inform your Subject Teacher immediately.


Candidate Number

You are automatically allocated a four-digit candidate number. This number will appear on your timetable and on exam registers and room plans of exams you’ve been entered for. It is also on your desk card. Most of your exam papers will ask you to write this number on your answer book.


UCI NO: Unique Candidate Identification Number

As well as your candidate number you are also given a Unique Candidate Identification Number. This number will also appear on your timetable. This number is unique to you and will stay with you until you finish GCSEs/A Levels.


Clashes

Some of you may have two exams which are timetabled for the same day and at the same time. This is called an ‘Exam Clash’. If you notice a clash on your timetable you must inform the Exams Officer immediately. Alternative arrangements will be made to accommodate both exams and you will be notified of these arrangements. This usually entails you being supervised between exams. You will not be able to contact anyone whilst you are being supervised. Therefore we recommend you bring a pack lunch with you and leave your mobile phone at home.


Exam Stationery/Equipment

Some exams require specific stationery i.e. a calculator, or a ruler etc. All stationery will be provided by the Exams Office (YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN CALCULATOR). If you bring in your own stationery please ensure the pencil case is see-through. If you have a problem with your stationery during an exam please inform the Invigilator immediately. Please remember a black pen must be used for all written work and a pencil for all pictures and diagrams. Correction pens/fluids are not allowed.

During the Examination

Exam Regulations

You must ensure you read the “Notice to Candidates” carefully. This notice details all the Do’s and Don’ts. If you breach these regulations we must report it to the examination board who will then decide on the action to be taken. This may mean disqualification from the subject.


Attending Exams

You are responsible for checking your own timetable and ensuring you arrive at school on the correct day and time. You must arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the exam. You must line up outside in the playground and wait to be called in. If your exam is in a classroom line up outside. Please wait quietly outside your exam room until you are invited to enter by the Invigilator.

REMEMBER, the moment you walk into the exam room you are under exam conditions and should therefore not talk. All coats and bags must be left outside the Hall. If you arrive late for an exam you may still be admitted but may not receive any additional time.

Examination regulations are very strict regarding items that may be taken into the examination room. If you break these rules you will be disqualified from the examination.

Mobile telephones, MP3 players or any other electronic storage or communication devices are not allowed in the examination room. If you are found with one in your possession it will be confiscated and the appropriate exam board notified. This will result in you being disqualified from the exam.

If you have an alarm on your watch make sure it is turned off.

You must not communicate in any way with another student.

Check you have the correct question paper – check the subject, paper and tier of entry.

Listen carefully to instructions and notices read out by the invigilators – there may be amendments to the exam paper that you need to know about.

Read all instructions carefully and number your answers clearly.

You must remain in the examination room until the exam has finished. You will not be allowed to leave early. If you finish the paper early use this time to check your answers and that you have completed your details correctly.

All work must be handed in at the end of the exam. If you have used additional paper make sure you have securely attached it to your exam paper with a treasury tag.

The Invigilators will then collect the exam papers. Even though the exam has finished you are still under exam conditions and so must remain silent.

Question papers, answer booklets and additional paper must NOT be taken from the exam room.

Once all the scripts have been collected you will be released from the exam room.

Should the fire alarm go off during an examination the invigilators will tell you what to do. DO NOT PANIC. If you have to evacuate the room you will be asked to leave in silence and in the order in which you are sitting. You will be escorted to a designated assembly point. Leave everything on your desk. You must not attempt to communicate with anyone else during the evacuation. When you return to the exam room do not start writing until the invigilator tells you to. You will be allowed the full working time for the examination and a report will be sent to the awarding body detailing the incident.


Invigilators

The school now employs external Invigilators to conduct exams. You are expected to behave in a respectful manner towards all Invigilators and follow their instructions at all times.

Invigilators supervise the conduct of the exams and ensure the rules and regulations are being followed. If you have any problems whilst in an exam, raise your hand and the Invigilator will come to you. However, Invigilators cannot discuss the exam paper with you or explain the questions.

If you are disruptive or behave in an unacceptable manner you will be removed from the exam room by the Invigilators. This behaviour may result in disqualification from the exam.


Absence from Exams

If you experience difficulties during the examination period (e.g. illness, injury, personal problems) please inform the Exams Manager as soon as possible so we can help or advise you.

Only in ‘exceptional circumstances’ are candidates allowed special consideration for absence from any part of an examination. It is essential that medical or other appropriate evidence is obtained on the day by the candidate/parent and given to the Exams Manager without delay. A self-certification form (JCQ/ME Form 14) can be obtained from the Examinations Manager, which can be countersigned by your doctor or nurse.

For the award of a grade by special consideration, where a student misses part of an examination through illness or personal misfortune, a minimum of 35% of the examination (including coursework) must be completed.

Please note that misreading the timetable is not an acceptable explanation of absence.

After the Examination

Results Day

Results will be available for collection on:

Thursday 13th August 2020 - A-Level Results

Thursday 20th August 2020 - GCSE Results

If you wish any other person (including family members) to collect your results on your behalf, you must give your written authorisation to school before results day.


Enquiries about results

Subject teachers will be available to give you advice on your results i.e. re-sits, remarks etc. Any remarks must be submitted to the exam board within 2 weeks from receipt of the results. If you want to re-sit any of your exams you must inform your Subject Teacher within 4 weeks of receiving your results.

Please see the Enquiries About Results (EAR) Procedure for more information.

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