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Examinations

The Wells Academy would like to make the examination experience as stress-free and as successful as possible for all pupils. The information on this page is helpful and informative for pupils and their parents.

Please take the time to read through the information which offers guidance and advice on the examination regulations and the procedures. The Examination Boards set down strict criteria that must be followed for the conduct of examinations and the Academy is required to follow them precisely.

Exams Update May 2022

Overview:

This summer Y11 students will sit their summer GCSE and Vocational Summer examinations in normal examination conditions. This web page is a dedicated area for Year 11 students at the Wells Academy to be able to find all the information they need to support them with understanding the summer examination process.

Contingency Plans:

Although it is almost certain that the summer examination period will be undertaken as normal with the uncertain nature of the Covid-19 pandemic it has been essential that schools are prepared in case this changes. As such the DFE has published guidance on contingency plans schools should make in case of a cancellation of exams which can be found: HERE

Wells Academy Contingency Plans:

If teachers at the Wells academy are directed by the DFE/JCQ and/or exam boards to make judgments about students' grades in 2021/22 we will use the following sources of evidence:

GCSE Subjects:

Evidence 1: A paper/part paper completed during the March 2022 PPE2 examinations.

Evidence 2: A second paper/part paper completed during the March 2022 PPE2 examinations.

Evidence 3: An assessment completed after a possible announcement of cancellation to exams based on exam board materials and using exam board mark schemes.

Where a student has an incomplete evidence profile The Wells Academy will replace the assessment with an available alternative if not like for like alternative is available an alternative piece of evidence will be selected to make this judgment as available.

Vocational Subjects:

Evidence used in vocational subjects will vary from GCSE subjects this is because a number of subjects have already completed modules and received grades for these. If there is a cancellation of this summers exams these grades will be used as the evidence base to make grading decisions for students.

Adaptations to Assessments:

The government is clear that although we are returning to a normal examination sequence this summer they are aware that students in Year 11 have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and 2 national lockdowns. To support students the government has directed exam boards to make adaptations to assessments to ensure students are not disadvantaged by this. This includes:

  • The reduction of some assessments.
  • The removal of some assessments.
  • The use of TAG’s in some vocational subjects.
  • The advanced notice of content in some examinations.
  • Adaptation to NEA’s.
  • The provision of equation sheets for some examinations.
Click here to view the adaptations for each subject at The Wells Academy
 

BTEC Tech Award

Art

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/teaching-and-learning-hub/btec-tech-awards-assessment-adaptation-guidance-for-2021-2022.pdf

Dance

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/teaching-and-learning-hub/btec-tech-awards-assessment-adaptation-guidance-for-2021-2022.pdf

   

GCSE 9 - 1

Art GCSE

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/changes-for-2022

Biology

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461/changes-for-2022

English Language

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/changes-for-2022

English Literature

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/changes-for-2022

French

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/changes-for-2022

Geography

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/changes-for-2022

History

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/History/2016/Teaching-and-learning-materials/gcse-history-summer-2022-assessment-arrangements.pdf

Mathematics

https://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/2022-advance-information/

https://www.ocr.org.uk/administration/support-and-tools/siu/summer-2022-adaptations-635921/#maths

Photography

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/changes-for-2022

Religious Education

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-b-2016/summer-2022-support.html

Spanish

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698/changes-for-2022

Statistics

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/statistics-2017/summer-2022-support.html

   

GCSE 9 - 1 (Double)

Science

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/changes-for-2022

   

NCFE Level 2 Tech Award

Graphic Design

 No adaptations

   

OCR National Certificates

Enterprise

https://www.ocr.org.uk/news/adaptations-for-cambridge-nationals-and-cambridge-technicals-during-2021-22-confirmed/

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/628140-cambridge-nationals-arrangements-for-2021-22.pdf

Health & Social Care

https://www.ocr.org.uk/news/adaptations-for-cambridge-nationals-and-cambridge-technicals-during-2021-22-confirmed/

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/628140-cambridge-nationals-arrangements-for-2021-22.pdf

Sport

https://www.ocr.org.uk/news/adaptations-for-cambridge-nationals-and-cambridge-technicals-during-2021-22-confirmed/

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/628140-cambridge-nationals-arrangements-for-2021-22.pdf

   

WJEC Level 1/2 Award

Hospitality & Catering

 https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/4hhfluwx/2022-adaptations-to-vocational-and-other-general-qualifications-wales-centres-v2-0-23-11-21.pdf

Overview of Examination Timetable:

Students will have received a copy of their summer examination timetable. This will provide detailed information about the examination dates, times, and seating numbers for all their examinations. Below is a full examination timetable for all exams at the Wells Academy this summer.

Please note all AM exams start at 9 am and all PM exams start at 1 pm

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FULL EXAM SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER 
 

Full Wells Academy Examination Calendar Summer 2022:

Date:

Day:

Session:

Exam Board

Subject

16/05/2022

Monday

AM

Pearson

R.E. Paper 1

16/05/2022

Monday

PM

Pearson

Turkish Listening

16/05/2022

Monday

PM

Pearson

Turkish Reading

17/05/2022

Tuesday

AM

AQA

Biology Paper 1

17/05/2022

Tuesday

PM

AQA

Urdu Listening

17/05/2022

Tuesday

PM

AQA

Urdu Reading

18/05/2022

Wednesday

AM

AQA

English Language Paper 1

19/05/2022

Thursday

AM

Pearson

History Paper 1

19/05/2022

Thursday

PM

AQA

Italian Listening

19/05/2022

Thursday

PM

AQA

Italian Reading

20/05/2022

Friday

AM

OCR

Mathematics Paper 1

23/05/2022

Monday

AM

AQA

Geography Paper 1

24/05/2022

Tuesday

AM

Pearson

Arabic Listening

24/05/2022

Tuesday

AM

AQA

French Listening

24/05/2022

Tuesday

AM

Pearson

Arabic Reading

24/05/2022

Tuesday

AM

AQA

French Reading

24/05/2022

Tuesday

PM

OCR

Y10 Sport (Written Paper)

25/05/2022

Wednesday

AM

AQA

English Literature (Paper 1N)

25/05/2022

Wednesday

AM

AQA

English Literature (Paper 1M)

25/05/2022

Wednesday

PM

OCR

Y10 Enterprise (Written Paper)

26/05/2022

Thursday

AM

AQA

Spanish Listening

26/05/2022

Thursday

AM

AQA

Spanish Reading

26/05/2022

Thursday

PM

Pearson

R.E. Paper 2

27/05/2022

Friday

AM

AQA

Chemistry Paper 1

06/06/2022

Monday

PM

Pearson

Arabic Writing

06/06/2022

Monday

PM

Pearson

Turkish Writing

07/06/2022

Tuesday

AM

OCR

Mathematics Paper 2

07/06/2022

Tuesday

PM

AQA

Geography Paper 2

07/06/2022

Tuesday

PM

AQA

Urdu Writing

08/06/2022

Wednesday

AM

AQA

English Literature Paper 2

09/06/2022

Thursday

AM

Pearson

History Paper 2

09/06/2022

Thursday

PM

AQA

Physics Paper 1

10/06/2022

Friday

AM

AQA

English Language Paper 2

13/06/2022

Monday

AM

OCR

Mathematics Paper 3

14/06/2022

Tuesday

AM

AQA

Geography Paper 3

14/06/2022

Tuesday

PM

Pearson

Statistics Paper 1

14/06/2022

Tuesday

PM

AQA

Italian Writing

15/06/2022

Wednesday

AM

AQA

Biology Paper 2

15/06/2022

Wednesday

PM

Pearson

Russian Listening

16/06/2022

Thursday

AM

Pearson

History Paper 3

16/06/2022

Thursday

PM

AQA

French Writing

16/06/2022

Thursday

PM

OCR

Y10 Health & Social (Written Paper)

17/06/2022

Friday

AM

AQA

Spanish Writing

17/06/2022

Friday

PM

Pearson

Portuguese Listening

17/06/2022

Friday

PM

Pearson

Persian Listening

17/06/2022

Friday

PM

AQA

Polish Listening

17/06/2022

Friday

PM

Pearson

Portuguese Reading

17/06/2022

Friday

PM

Pearson

Persian Reading

17/06/2022

Friday

PM

AQA

Polish Reading

20/06/2022

Monday

AM

AQA

Chemistry Paper 2

21/06/2022

Tuesday

PM

WJEC

Y10 Hospitality (Written Paper)

21/06/2022

Tuesday

AM/PM

NCFE

Graphics

22/06/2022

Wednesday

AM/PM

NCFE

Graphics

23/06/2022

Thursday

AM

AQA

Physics Paper 2

24/06/2022

Friday

AM

Pearson

Statistics Paper 2

27/06/2022

Monday

AM

Pearson

Portuguese Writing

27/06/2022

Monday

AM

Pearson

Persian Writing

27/06/2022

Monday

AM

AQA

Polish Writing

28/06/2022

Tuesday

AM

Pearson

Russian Writing

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Please be aware that students are expected to attend school as normal during the examination period and wear full school uniform.

Please also be aware that it is essential for students to be on time for their examinations and that if a student is late for an examination, they may not be able to sit the examination if they arrive at a time outside JCQ guidance.

Important Information for Parents and Students Regarding Exams:

Students will receive a copy of their summer examination timetable this will contain the name, date, duration and seat number for each exam. It is very important that students familiarise themselves with this and that they keep a copy safely to ensure that students attend each of their exams on time.

Most students will be at school as normal during the examination period, but all students must be aware that they need to arrive at school at least 15 Mins before the advertised start time of every exam. If students are late for an exam, they may be able to complete the exam however, this will be based on JCQ regulations and could potentially lead to a student not receiving a grade for that exam/subject.

Students should ensure that they have the correct equipment for their exams this includes:

  • Two or more black pens,
  • A pencil,
  • A pencil sharpener,
  • A rubber,
  • A highlighter,
  • A ruler,
  • A calculator (in exams this is allowed)
  • Mathematical instruments (in exams these are allowed accordingly)
  • A clear pencil case,
  • A clear bottle of water.

Students should be aware that they will not be allowed to take the following items into any examination:

  • A mobile phone,
  • iPods,
  • Watches of any description,
  • Revision notes of any description,
  • Any other communication devices,
  • Any other item in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage.

Students will be required to leave their bags outside the exam room before they enter the exam venue and will be offered the opportunity to hand in any prohibited items as they enter the exam hall. Students must be aware that possession of any prohibited item in the exam room after the examination has started will be reported to the exam board and may lead to disqualification from the exam/subject.

Further to this, all students must ensure that when they enter any exam venue they follow exam conditions, this includes not communicating with other students for the duration of their time in the exam venue, this includes after the examination until they leave the exam venue.

Students should not be absent from an exam for any reason. We are aware however that on rare occasions attendance at an examination may not be possible. If this is the case please contact the school and ask to speak to Mr Davies or Mrs Keeling. Where possible please provide supporting evidence for this absence such as a doctor’s note and complete a special consideration form (please see below) outlining the reason for absence. Although we understand that in rare circumstances attendance at an exam might not be possible, decisions on whether special considerations are accepted for missing an exam are at the discretion of the exam board and we can make no assurances that they will accept these or if they do accept these what grade they will award after consideration.

Accessibility 

Improving the physical environment of academies to enable those with disabilities to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities, and services provided.

The accessibility plan for The Wells Academy site is available to view and download below. The Accessibility Plan has been drawn up in consultation with the Greenwood Academies Trust Board, pupils, parents, staff, and Advisory Councillors of the Academy and covers the period from October 2018  to October 2021.

The Wells Academy is committed to providing a fully accessible environment that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents, and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance, and inclusion.

CLICK HERE FOR the accessibility plan

SEND Report and FAQs

At The Wells Academy we strive to achieve the highest standards to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We promote an inclusive educational environment in which we support and encourage all pupils to reach their potential.
Quality teaching is vital; however, for some children, there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets. In order to do this, steps may be taken to support young people through their learning journey.

The Wells Academy works closely with the Local Authority in Nottingham in order to support our learners who are identified to have a need within the four areas of SEND, as identified by the DfE (SEN CoP 2014), download the document below for examples of support that may be available to pupils with additional needs, and further SEND information. 

Access Arrangements:

At The Wells Academy we are committed to providing for the support needed for all of our students. To support our students with exams, on top of any specialist SEN provision as identified by our SEN department, special arrangements will be considered for students so they can access the examination content fairly.

If any student has been identified as having potential access arrangement requirements students will be tested to ensure they receive fair adjustments so they can access the examination materials fairly. Testing is completed by our SENCO following JCQ guidance. If a student is awarded access arrangements these will be utilised for each examination a student sits as necessary.

If your child is sitting exams this coming summer and you believe they require access arrangements but have not been tested for these currently please complete the following link by 31st January: HERE

NEA and NEA Policy

Year 11 students will sit NEA’s (Non-examination assessments) in a range of subjects this includes:

OCR Cambridge National subject,

Pearson BTEC subjects,

NCFE Graphics,

WJEC Hospitality and Catering.

English Language- Spoken Endorsements.

NEA’s are an important part of student assessment in key stage 4, and to ensure that these are completed fairly and consistently across subjects areas The Wells Academy follows the principles outlined in our NEA Policy: HERE

Once NEA’s have been completed teachers will share the outcome of the NEA with students as per The Wells Academy NEA procedure. If a student is unhappy with the outcome of their NEA and wishes to appeal this they must do this by the following dates:

OCR Cambridge Nationals- Whichever is earlier- one week before the submission of grades to the exam board or Friday 6th May.