Exams Office

Humphry Davy School  aims to make the examination experience as positive and successful as possible for all students who sit public exams.  To ensure this, we believe that it is important that students, parents, and carers are as well informed as possible. The school will make every effort to ensure our students receive the best possible preparation and that exams are conducted in a way that enables students to achieve their potential.

The Awarding Bodies (or Examination Boards) set down strict criteria for the organisation of examinations and both Humphry Davy School and the students sitting the examinations, are required to follow them precisely.

We have included some useful information here, together with the official Exam Board notices to support your understanding of the process.

Please don't hesitate to contact us during school hours if you have any queries regarding public examinations.

Appeals

Appeals against Internal Assessment of Work for External Qualifications

Humphry Davy School is committed to ensuring that whenever our staff assess students’ work for external qualification, this is done fairly, consistently and in accordance with the specification for the qualification concerned.  Assessments are conducted by staff who have appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills, and who have been trained in this activity.  The school is committed to ensuring that assessment evidence provided by candidates is produced and authenticated according to the requirements of the relevant specifications for each subject.  Where a set of work is divided between staff, internal moderation and standardisation will ensure consistency.

If a student feels that this may not have happened in relation to his/her work, s/he may make use of this appeals procedure.  Note that appeals may only be made against the process that led to the assessment and not against the mark or grade submitted by the school for moderation by the awarding body.

This procedure is available from the Exams Office.

  1. Appeals should be made as early as possible and at least two weeks before the end of the last externally assessed paper in the examination series (e.g. the last GCSE written paper in the June GCSE exam series).
  2. Appeals should be made in writing by the candidate’s parent/carer to the Examinations Officer (EO), who will investigate the appeal with at least two other members of staff who have not been involved in the internal assessment decision.  If the EO is not able to conduct the investigation for some reason the Head teacher will appoint another member of staff of similar or greater seniority to conduct the investigation.
  3. The purpose of the appeal will be to decide whether the process used for the internal assessment conformed to the published requirements of the awarding body and the examinations code of practice of the QCA.
  4. The appellant will be informed in writing of the outcome of the appeal, including any relevant correspondence with the awarding body and any changes made to the procedure relating to internal assessment.
  5. The outcome of the appeal will be made known to the Head teacher and will be logged as a complaint.  A written record will be kept and made available to the awarding body upon request.  Should the appeal bring any significant irregularity to light, the awarding body will be informed.

After work has been assessed internally, it is moderated by the awarding body to ensure consistency between centres.  Such moderation frequently changes the marks awarded for internally assessed work.  That is outside the control of Humphry Davy School and is not covered by this procedure.  If you have concerns about it, please ask the Examinations Officer for a copy of the appeals procedure of the relevant awarding body.

Reviews of Marking

Reviews of Marking

Centre assessed marks (GCSE controlled assessments, GCE coursework, GCE and GCSE non-examination assessments and Project qualifcations) for Humphry Davy School.

Humphry Davy School is committed to ensuring that whenever our staff mark candidates’ work this is done fairly, consistently and in accordance with the awarding body’s specification and subject-specific associated documents.

Candidates’ work will be marked by staff who have appropriate knowledge, understanding and skill, and who have been trained in this activity.  Humphry Davy School is committed to ensuring that work produced by candidates is authenticated in line with the requirements of the awarding body.  Where a number of subject teachers are involved in marking candidates’ work, internal moderation and standardisation will ensure consistency of marking.

  1. Humphry Davy School will ensure that candidates are informed of their centre assessed marks so that they may request a review of the centre’s marking before marks are submitted to the awarding body.
  2. Humphry Davy School will inform candidates that they may request copies of materials to assist them in considering whether to request a review of the centre’s marking of the assessment.
  3. Humphry Davy School will, having received a request for copies of materials, promptly make them available to the candidate.
  4. Humphry Davy School will provide candidates with sufficient time in order to allow them to review copies of materials and reach a decision.
  5. Humphry Davy School will provide a clear deadline for candidates to submit a request for a review of the centre’s marking.  Requests will not be accepted after this deadline. Requests must be made in writing.
  6. Humphry Davy School will allow sufficient time for the review to be carried out, to make any necessary changes to marks and to inform the candidate of the outcome, all before the awarding body’s deadline.
  7. Humphry Davy School will ensure that the review of marking is carried out by an assessor who has appropriate competence, has had no previous involvement in the assessment of that candidate and has no personal interest in the review.
  8. Humphry Davy School will instruct the reviewer to ensure that the candidate’s mark is consistent with the standard set by the centre.
  9. Humphry Davy School will inform the candidate in writing of the outcome of the review of the centre’s marking.
  10. The outcome of the review of the centre’s marking will be made known to the head of centre.  A written record of the review will be kept and made available to the awarding body upon request.

The moderation process carried out by the awarding bodies may result in a mark change, either upwards or downwards, even after an internal review.  The internal review process is in place to ensure consistency of marking within the centre, whereas moderation by the awarding body ensures that centre marking is line with national standards.  The mark submitted to the awarding body is subject to change and should therefore be considered provisional.

 

Information for Candidates

Communications - 2020

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