Exams

At Atlantic Academy students will take external public exams at the completion of their courses, usually at the end of Year 11. There are some subjects where they sit exams throughout their course, for example in BTEC qualifications.

All exam dates will be notified to parents, carers and students in advance, including seating arrangements and required equipment.

We understand that exams can be stressful for students. If students are feeling stressed or anxious, they can talk to their teacher. As a parent or carer there are some useful tips on helping your child beat exam stress on the NHS website.

Students taking exams in 2021 will be assessed via Centre Assessed Grades. Please see the overview of the process announced by Ofqual in February 2021.

OFQUAL - Student guide to awarding summer 2021

The government has said that many exams and assessments cannot be held fairly this year as a result of the disruption students have faced due to the pandemic. The school will instead submit grades to the exam boards, based on their assessment of what students have shown they know and can do, enabling them to progress to the next stage of their education, training, or employment. This guide outlines the arrangements in place for awarding grades in summer 2021, and where to go for additional information.

21-6780_Student_guide_to_awarding_in_summer_2021_pdf-a.pdf

Atlantic Academy Centre Policy Summer 2021

View our Centre Policy for how we will be providing grades for students in summer 2021 in line with current government guidelines.

This can be read in conjunction with our Malpractice and Conflict of Interest procedures for summer 2021 below.

54142 Atlantic Academy - Summer-2021-JCQ-Guidance-Centre-policy.pdf
Atlantic Academy Summer 2021 Conflicts of Interest Procedure.pdf



Atlantic Academy Summer 2021 Malpractice Procedure.pdf



Results and Appeals in Summer 2021

Results (i.e. grades) will be made available to candidates on 12th August 2021. These can be collected from the school between 9.30am and midday. Results must either be collected by the candidate or the candidate must provide written authority for someone else to collect them on their behalf. Alternatively, results can be posted to candidates who provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the school. Please note, we are not able to post the results until results day, so they will arrive after 12th August.

Once results have been received, should candidates wish to appeal their result/s, they must contact the school and not the awarding organisation. As the school will not be open at all times during the summer, this should be done by completing the form below and emailing the school at: exams@atlantic.academy

The window for lodging appeals is 12th August to 3rd September 2021 and centre reviews will be concluded by 10th September 2021.

In the first instance, we will undertake a check for administrative errors, a centre review, for example, an incorrect grade has been submitted to the awarding organisation by the school. If no errors are found and the candidate wishes to continue with an appeal, we will provide the necessary details and assist with submitting the appeal to the awarding organisation. Please note, that upon appeal, grades can go up, down or stay the same. The window for submitting appeals to awarding organisations, via the school, closes on 17th September 2021.


JCQ_Appeals-Guidance_Summer-2021_Appendix-B.pdf

The JCQ has produced the following additional materials to help support students considering making an appeal:

JCQ-Student-Guide-July-2021-Handout.pdf



JCQ-Student-Appeals-Guide-2021.pdf



Exam checklist for students

Students will need:

A copy of their personalised timetable showing their seat number. They MUST have a clear pencil case or clear plastic bag containing ALL the following items for all of their exams: - Black Pen x 2 - HB pencil x 2 - Pencil sharpener - Ruler - Eraser - Calculator – with no cover (preferably Scientific) - Protractor - Compass Optional items:- Highlighters - Colouring Pencils - Bottle of water (this must be in a clear unlabelled bottle and kept on the floor next to your exam desk )

Please note: Students will not be allowed iPods, mobile phones, MP3/4 players, or smartwatches or any device with a potential technological/web enabled source of information.

Exam rules for students

1. Students must be on time for all of their examinations.

2. Students must not become involved in any unfair or dishonest practice in any part of the examination.

3. Students must not:

• sit an examination in the name of another candidate;

• have in their possession any unauthorised material or equipment which might give them an unfair advantage.

4. Possession of a mobile phone or other unauthorised material is breaking the rules, even if students do not intend to use it, and they will be subject to penalty and possible disqualification.

5. Students must not talk to, attempt to communicate with or disturb other candidates once they have entered the examination room.

6. Students must follow the instructions of the invigilator.

7. If students are in any doubt, they can speak to the invigilator.

These posters will be displayed outside of the examination room

Unauthorised Items Poster


Warning to Candidates Poster