Examinations

If parents have any questions or concerns about the examination then our exams officer Mrs Horkan can be contacted via e-mail bhorkan@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk


Cancellation of Summer 2020 Exams

GCSE and A Level exams will not take place this year.  There are two key elements to Ofqual’s strategy to overcome this:

See the summary (below) of the guidance released by Ofqual regarding GCSE and A Level Exams 2020 on Friday 3rd April

  • Centre assessed grades (predictions)
  • A rank order of students within each grade for every subject

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

https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2020/04/09/arrangements-for-summer-2020/

and Ofqual’s letter to students

There is also a useful infographic explaining the process below

and a useful video for students produced by Ofqual

Vocational Qualifications

Ofqual have released a statement here regarding vocational qualifications and their internal and external examination requirements this examination season.
(vocational qualifications include BTECs, Cambridge Technicals etc.)
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-this-summer

Learners who would have expected to have completed their assessments and received certificates this academic year so that they could progress to further study, higher education or employment, are to receive a calculated result. 

All students completed units (internal and external) will be recorded and will count towards their final result. Any units that are incomplete or have not been started will be predicted grades, using evidence accumulated throughout the two years of the students’ course. For vocational qualifications at Oriel, where units have been finished in terms of taught content, students wherever possible should ensure these units are completed and submitted but work will not now continue on any new assessments.

There will be no BTEC exams in May and June in the same way as there will be no GCSE or A level exams.

Teaching staff may also be required to rank students so that the grades can be moderated by Ofqual, but this has yet to be confirmed.


These are unprecedented times and Ofqual are endeavouring to do the right thing for our students, in a way that is fair and ethical for all students in the country. We will play our part in this process following the government guidance robustly and using our professionalism to contribute to the delivery of fair and well-considered outcomes for all of our students.

We will keep students and parents updated as new information is released in this developing situation.


Exam Information

To view our policy for Access arrangements

All students should read our “Students Guide to Exams” booklet

Useful revision tips can be found here

All JCQ Information for candidates documents should be accessed and read here https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/information-for-candidates-documents


Exam Specification Pencil Cases

Exam Specification Pencil Cases are available from reception for £2.00 each.


Replacement certificates

If you cannot locate your certificates, you will need to contact the individual exam boards directly –

Pearson/Edexcel https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/Services/replacement-certificates.html

AQA https://www.aqa.org.uk/contact-us/past-results-and-lost-certificates

OCR https://www.ocr.org.uk/students/replacement-certificates/

Eduqas (WJEC) https://www.eduqas.co.uk/students/exams-and-results/certificates

CIE https://help.cambridgeinternational.org/hc/en-gb/articles/115004448845-Lost-certificates


Useful Links

To access GCSE specifications, past papers and mark schemes please use this link

To access A Level specifications, past papers and mark schemes please use this link

GCSE Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

Department for Education performance tables: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/