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Examinations

This page of the website contains current information on public examinations held at Chiltern Hills Academy.

Public examinations can be a stressful time for students, parents carers so it is important that all those involved are as well informed as possible. Well informed students understand that the rules and regulations are designed to ensure fairness and minimise disturbance: it is in the interest of all that the examinations run smoothly.

The school makes every effort to ensure that students receive the best possible preparation for their examinations; that the administrative arrangements run smoothly; and that the examinations are conducted in a way that causes as little stress as possible, so that students achieve their potential.  Mock examinations are organised to the same high standards and rules as the public examinations, in order to familiarise the students with the process.

This information aims to inform parents, carers and students about examination procedures that are in place.  Importantly, it also contains the formal notices that are required by regulation to be given to each student.

If you have any questions please feel free to make enquiries to the Examinations Officer.  The Exams Officer at Chiltern Hills Academy is Mrs Dell and she may be contacted either by telephone on a direct line: 01494 782 066 ext 120 or by tdell@chacademy.co.uk

Collection and receipt of Certificates?

The Examining Boards issue certificates well after the examinations have taken place. When the school has received the certificates from the awarding bodies they are then prepared for the Chiltern Hills Awards Evening where they are presented to the students. If students cannot attend this evening they are still required to collect them in person. If it is not possible then a friend or family member may collect them but only bearing a letter of request signed by the student and some form of photo ID, e.g. passport or driving licence .

Certificates that are not collected after 1 year of their issue are then securely destroyed. They can only be replaced by direct application to the boards by the student, and will require proof of identity such as an original birth certificate and a substantial fee per certificate.

Students will be able to collect their certificates from Tuesday 6 January 2020, between 09:00 and 14:30.  It is advisable that students collect their certificates as soon as possible after this date.

Information on obtaining replacement GCE and GCSE examination certificates can be found on https://www.gov.uk/replacement-exam-certificate

GCE Resit Requests Summer 2020

The deadline for Mrs Dell to receive completed summer 2020 GCE Resit forms is 12.00 on 2 December 2019.  The form may be downloaded from these links:

Mock Exam Dates

Mock exams have been completed or are now cancelled until next academic year.

Summer GCE/GCSE Examination Dates 2020 - Cancelled

Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A Level Qualifications

For this summer’s awards, schools and colleges are being asked to provide centre assessment grades for their students.  These should be fair, objective and carefully considered judgements of the grades schools and colleges believe their students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams, and should take into account the full range of available evidence.

Exam boards will be contacting schools, colleges and other exam centres after Easter asking them to submit, by a deadline that will be no earlier than 29 May 2020, the following:

The grades will be based on ‘calculated grades’ plus a ranking system.

  • A centre assessment grade for every student in each of their subjects: that is, the grade they would be most likely to have achieved if they had sat their exams and completed any non-exam assessment. Judgements will be balanced from different sources of evidence such as:
    • classwork
    • bookwork
    • any participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama or PE
    • any non-exam assessment – whether or not complete
    • the results of any assignments or mock exams
    • previous examination results – for example, for any re-sitting students or those with relevant AS qualifications
    • any other records of student performance over the course of study
  • A rank order of students within each grade for each subject – for example, for all those students with a centre assessment grade of 5 in GCSE maths, a rank order where 1 is the most secure/highest attaining student, and so on. This information will be used in the statistical standardisation of centres’ judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across all schools and colleges
  • These centre assessed grades will then be sent off to the exam boards for standardisation.
  • The grade that is sent off to the exam board may not be the same grade as the final grade received in August after standardisation.
  • If, when a student receives their results, they are not happy with them there will be an appeals process in place or alternatively they will have the opportunity to retake the exam in the Autumn series of exams or Summer 2021.
  • If an exam is retaken in the Autumn series or Summer 2021 both grades will stand.

Please also find below a link to a video produced by Ofqual explaining in detail how this process will be completed by schools.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXuDOrtJY1Q&feature=youtu.be

Also, here is a link to the Ofqual website where you can find all the information and latest updates about the summer 2020 examinations.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/how-gcses-as-a-levels-will-be-awarded-in-summer-2020

Please click on the link below which gives further guidance on this process for students and parents.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/879019/Summer_2020_results_for_vocational_technical_and_other_qualifications.pdf

If you have any queries or questions regarding this please contact the Exams Office tdell@chacademy.co.uk.

Exam Results

Ofqual have confirmed that the exam result dates will remain as originally planned.

When and how are the results distributed?
GCE and Level 3 BTEC results will be available from school on Thursday 13 August 2020
GCSE and Level 2 BTEC results will be available from school on Thursday 20 August 2020

Results will be available for collection from 09:30 a.m. until 11.00 a.m. on both days.

Students requiring a relative or friend to collect their results must send a signed letter of authorisation with the collector and they should bring with them photographic id e.g. passport or driving licence.  Results will not be given over the telephone or via email under any circumstances.

A2, AS, GCSE and BTEC students not intending to collect in person but wishing their results to be posted, should leave a stamped addressed envelope (with their candidate number on), with the examinations officer or at the school reception.  Result slips for A2, AS, GCSE and BTEC not collected or posted on results day will be retained in school for collection at the start of term, again with the necessary authority.

Post Results Services - will be unavailable Summer 2020

What can I do if results are substantially different from what is anticipated?

It must be remembered that examinations can only measure performance on the day, and that candidates can do better or worse than anticipated for a variety of reasons. It is advisable to obtain a copy of the script and mark scheme before proceeding to an EAR (enquiry about result), which is very expensive. If there are serious grounds for concern about a result then the school can initiate an enquiry with the appropriate board. Details of the procedures and the fees involved are available from the Examinations Officer and the process should be started as soon as possible after consultation with the head of department concerned. The final date for submission to the board is 20 September for summer exams and 4 weeks after results for others. 

If the results have serious implications for the student’s future plans then advice should be sought from the Careers Service - Connexions.

If you wish to proceed with an enquiry about result change, below are copies of the school pricing structure and request form which is required to start the process.

Post Results Services and Fees
JCQ Candidate Consent Form – Enquiries about results and appeals
            - MS Word
            - PDF

JCQ Access to Scripts Consent Form
            - MS Word
            - PDF
Appeals Process - see Examination Policy (link below)

Exam  Policies

Examination Policy, which includes:

  • Non Examined Assessment/Controlled Assessment
  • Disability Policy,
  • Appeals Process/Internal Appeals

may be found on the Policies page of this website.

JCQ Guidelines

Private Candidate Procedure

If you are an external candidate who would like to take exams at Chiltern Hills Academy, please look through our Private Candidate Procedure by clicking the link below:

Private Candidate Procedure - PDF
Private Candidate Procedure - MS Word