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  • A reminder to students that Year 11 students that they have Pre-Public Exams all week


Results day A & AS – 17 August 2017 (8.30am Y13 and 10am Y12) - Sixth Form Hall

Results day GCSE - 24 August 2017 (10am Y11 and Y10) - Sixth Form 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.  

The Exam period for the Summer 2017 GCSE and GCE Exams is from Monday 15th May until Thursday 29th June 2017.  

Information for candidates documents

JCQ  ‘Information for Candidates,  produced on behalf of  AQA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC, must be read by all students, if there is anything that you do not understand, please ask your tutor. Click here to view them.  

Warning to candidates -  Joint Council for Qualifications – AQA, City & Guilds, CCEA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC – issue the warning to 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.

Coursework and Controlled Assessment

Some GCSE (and other) courses include controlled assessments.  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 GCSE and Principal Learning: Controlled Assessments and Coursework.

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 this document carefully.

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

Click here to view the Castle School Coursework Procedure including Controlled Assessments

And for more information on;

  • how courses and assessment are organised, 
  • extra detail on the core subjects of Maths, English and Science
  • how to support your son / daughter effectively,

then please click here to view the Year 10 Parents Evening Presentations.

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;

Data & Timetable Manager - Kath Stewart.  Email;