Exam Information

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Diagnostic Assessment Programme

Please see the link to our upcoming Diagnostic Assessment Programme for Year 4-7 students sitting external examinations this summer. The table lists the topics which will be examined in these assessments and there will be further guidance from teachers in class. Please contact us if you have any queries
  Advance Notification for Diagnostic Assessment - February 2021 (Updated 21.01.2021 Changes to Year 5, Chemistry, Economics, Geography and Physics)

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Examinations 2021 - Update No 2


18/1/2021
 
Dear Parent/Guardian and Student,


Ref: Examinations 2021 - Update No 2 Ofqual Consultation on Summer 2021 Examination


Note: This update is mainly of interest to Senior Students sitting GCSE/GCE external examinations and their Parents/Guardians as it relates to the situation of how grades will be awarded in the absence of examinations.


Ofqual, the regulating body for the UK examinations boards, is conducting a consultation exercise on how grades might be awarded in summer 2021. You can read the full consultation document here. Views on Ofqual’s proposals are sought from students, parents and teachers and you can participate here. The proposals deal with a range of issues including:
  • Examination candidates being asked to sit mini-exam papers which will be provided by the examination boards and take place in May. These papers will be marked internally by teachers and subject to external moderation.
  • Teachers will be asked to make a holistic, evidence-based assessment of the grade each student should receive’. Exam boards should ‘provide guidance on the relative weighting of the different forms of evidence’. Schools will be asked to retain the evidence (including coursework) used to assign grades.
 
At this moment, it appears that the arrangements we have put in place: diagnostic assessment, additional support programme and mock examinations fit with the proposals made in the consultation. We will await the outcome of the consultation exercise before making any changes. Our main priority remains to offer students a suitable number of opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding and to balance this with their overall wellbeing.
Please do not hesitate to contact Ms Rousou (Asst Head with responsibility for Examinations), Ms Pantelides (Senior Asst Head) or myself with any questions you may have. Please note the Ofqual consultation closes on 29th January.
 
Yours faithfully,
David Lambon
Headmaster


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Diagnostic Assessment Programme

Please see the link to our upcoming Diagnostic Assessment Programme for Year 4-7 students sitting external examinations this summer. The table lists the topics which will be examined in these assessments and there will be further guidance from teachers in class. Please contact us if you have any queries
  Advance Notification for Diagnostic Assessment - February 2021

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Examinations 2021 - Update No 1

13/1/2021

Dear Parent/Guardian and Students,

Ref: Examinations 2021 - Update No 1

You will be aware that there have been some recent changes with external examinations this summer. As always, there is a time lag between political announcements and practical guidance from the examination boards. The current information indicates that some examinations (Linear ‘A’ levels [GCE] and the UK regulated GCSE qualifications [GCSE]) will not take place, whilst others (International ‘A’ levels [IAL] and International GCSEs [IGCSE]) will take place.

With this letter, you will find attached the practical arrangements which we will put in place to support students. We will explain through a series of presentations (attached) to all year 4-7 students how we will assess them in the absence of examinations and also how we will support their preparation for Mock and any external examinations which may take place this year.

When we receive more guidance from examination boards, we will advise all students on the grade awarding process that we plan to use this year. We fully appreciate that these are difficult times for all of our students, however, we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that all aspects of their learning are supported and that the grades awarded reflect their hard work and commitment to their studies.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have questions arising from the presentations to students.

Yours faithfully,

Mr David Lambon

Headmaster

Click to download the below:

 Letter from Ms M Rousou about Mock examinations, the Support programme and diagnostic tests.

 Presentation to be made to students on 14/1 and 15/1.

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