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Preparing for Examinations

The Exam period for the Summer 2019 GCSE and GCE Exams is from Monday 13th May until Wednesday 26th June 2019. 

Wednesday 26 June is the  Contingency day for GCSE and/or GCE examinations should sustained national or local disruption arise during the June 2019 examination series.

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Results day A & AS – Thursday 15 August 2019 from 8.30am - Sixth Form Hall

Results day GCSE - Thursday 22 August 2019 from 10am  - 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


Information from Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)  on behalf of AQA, City & Guilds, CCEA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC


The JCQ  ‘Information for Candidates, must be read by all candidates before sitting their GCSE's/A-level's, particularly the  information on 'Written Exams' and 'Social Media'.  The information should preferably be read before sitting the PPE's.   (Pre-Public Exams, previously known as Mocks)  

If there is anything that you do not understand, please ask your Tutor or Mrs Rowe in the Exams Office.   

The Warning to candidates  and No Mobile Phones Poster -   – the warnings must be read by all candidates before they sit their exams.

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 - particularly the Information for Written Exams at the bottom of the list.

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;

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;

For further information on how your child can be supported throughout Year 11 please see the link below;