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Examination Policies

Public Examinations

Qualifications such as GCSE and GCEs are assessed and marked by examination boards that are the awarding bodies for these qualifications. The main examination boards currently used by the school are AQAOCREdexcel (Pearson) and WJEC. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) works on behalf of these examination boards to set common regulations and instructions for schools that enter candidates for general qualifications. The school also now takes some examinations using Cambridge Assessment International Education, which have their own regulations and are not covered by the JCQ.

All candidates must observe the rules and regulations for assessments, including written examinations, coursework and controlled assessments. Information for candidates can be found on the JCQ webpages, and are also included in the school's Public Examinations Handbook below. The handbook also adresses a number of common questions about taking exams at Calday and should be read carefully:

The JCQ webpages also include information on Access Arrangements, Special Consideration and Reasonable Adjustments, for more information on these please click here.

Calday Grange Grammar School does not support AS level examinations that do not form part of the assessment of A Levels.  Therefore, in reformed subjects, students are not expected to undertake AS level examinations at the end of the Lower Sixth year. 

School Policy Documents

The school policies are designed to promote quality, consistency, accuracy and fairness in assessment and awarding. In all cases, the final awarding decisions are taken by the Awarding Organisations: AQA; OCR; Edexcel; WJEC and others. This document cover the schools’ policy in dealing with the Awarding Organisations, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), internal departments, officers of the school and any other parties involved in awarding matters.

Examinations and Assessment Policy 2019-20 (the policy for 2019/20 continues to apply to the Autumn 2020 examination series)

All other school policy documents can be found on the policies section of the website.

Coursework, Controlled Assessments and Non-Examination Assessments

Some subjects involve elements coursework, controlled assessments and non-examination assessments many of which are completed prior to the main examinations in May/June. More information about the subjects can be found by clicking here to view the subject specific sections of the webpages.

Regulations and guidance on completing these assessments are issued to students in the Public Examinations Handbook.