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Preparing for Examinations

The Exam period for the Summer 2018 GCSE and GCE Exams is from Monday 14th May until Monday 25th June 2018. 

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Results day A & AS – 16 August 2018 (8.30am Y13 and 10am Y12) - Sixth Form Hall

Results day GCSE - 23 August 2018 (10am Y11 and Y10) - Drama Hall

If students are unable to collect their results they can either send a stamped addressed envelope to the Exams Officer or nominate someone else to collect them on their behalf.  To do this the student should send a signed letter confirming the name of the nominated person to the Exams Officer or email  The nominated person collecting the results should then bring identification with them when collecting.  

Information for candidates documents

JCQ  ‘Information for Candidates  - written exams,  produced on behalf of  AQA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC, must be read by all candidates, if there is anything that you do not understand, please ask your tutor.   

Warning to candidates -  Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)  on behalf of AQA, City & Guilds, CCEA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC – the warning must be read by all candidates before they sit their exams.

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Instructions to Candidates from The Castle School

The Joint Council for QualificationsCIC is a membership organisation comprising the seven largest providers of qualifications in the UK. The JCQ provides a single voice for its members on issues of examination administration and, when appropriate, qualification and wider education policy.  JCQ website.

Non-Examination Assessment, Coursework and Controlled Assessment

All students should read the JCQ 'Information for Candidates' documents

Some GCSE (and other) courses include Non-examination assessments, these include controlled assessments and coursework.  The marks from these go alongside the marks from module or final exams, to decide the final grade awarded.

Controlled assessments are pieces of work which are written under teacher supervision and within a time limit. Students can prepare fully for the assessment, and can often use pre-prepared notes to help them with the task.

Coursework is work which can be worked on in school and at home before the final version is submitted.

Most coursework or controlled assessment is marked by the student’s teacher, whose marking is then moderated within the Faculty, to ensure consistency across different classes. The exam board then moderate the marking of coursework by re-marking a sample of work from the school, and then adjust the initial marks if needed, before awarding the final mark.

In both cases, there is a clear code of practice which students and schools must follow – Information for candidates controlled assessments, coursework and non-examination assessments.

Failure by students to follow these instructions can result in disqualification (for that qualification, or even from all qualifications in that exam series). So you are advised to read these document carefully.

All schools are required to have an appeals system in place in relation to non-examination  assessments, coursework, controlled assessment and examinations;

Click here to view the Castle School Non-examination assessment policy

Click here to download the Enquiries About Results Application Form for Non-Examination Assessments

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Exams Office on tel: 01454 862133 or email;

Exams Officer - Dawn Rowe.  Email;

Head of Exams, Data and Admin - Kath Stewart.  Email;