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The Wells Academy

Exams

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.

If there is anything you do not understand or any questions that have not been addressed please ask.

If you have any queries or need help or advice at any time before, during or after the examinations, please contact us on, on 0115 748 3390.

2021-22 Summer Examinations


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 have published guidance on contingency plans schools should make in case of a cancellation to 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 judgements 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 an 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 judgement 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 to this summer exams these grades will be used as the evidence base to make grading decisions for students.

 

Adaptations to Assessments:

The government are 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 have 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.

Here is a link to the adaptations made in each subject studied by students at the Wells Academy: