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This page provides key information relating to examinations at Wellacre Academy.
Wellacre Academy offers a wide range of external examinations from GCSEs through to A Levels, as well as vocational qualifications such as BTECs. We are a registered examination centre for the following awarding bodies; AQA, Edexcel, OCR, 1st4Sport, Prince's Trust and WJEC.
Certificates for 2016 Leavers
Examination Board certificates for 2016 Year 11 Leavers will be presented at Year 11 Presentation Evening on Thursday 10th November 2016.
Students who are not able to attend the evening will be able to collect their certificates after this date and by prior arrangement. Please contact to arrange a collection date and time.
Unfortunately, we are not able to post certificates as they are valuable documents which are expensive to replace and for which we require a signature.
Dates for Forthcoming Examinations
The dates for forthcoming examinations will be notified to students and parents via letter and can also be found either by viewing the examination season timetables published below.
• External Examination Seasons and Key Dates 2016/17 External Examination Seasons and Key Dates 2016-17.pdf
External Examination Timetables
• January External Examinations 2017 January 2017 Exam Timetable.pdf
• Year 11 Summer External Examinations 2017 Year 11 Summer 2017 Exam timetable - v3.pdf
• Year 13 Summer External Examinations 2017 Summer 2017 Provisional Exam timetable Year 13.pdf
• Year 10 Summer External Examinations 2017 Summer 2017 Provisional Exam timetable Year 10.pdf
Internal and Mock Examination Timetables
• Planned Internal Examinations 2016-17 schedule Internal Exam Dates 2016-17v2.pdf
• Year 11 and Year 13 January Mock Exams Timetable 2016-17 January Mock Exams Y11+Y13 2016-17.pdf
External examinations at Wellacre Academy will start in the morning at 08:30 and in the afternoon at 13:30. Examination timetables and seating plans will be available daily on a notice board in the Entrance Hall and outside examination venues during each examination season. Students must ensure that they arrive at the examination venue at least 10 minutes before the start time of the examination that they are taking. Parents will need to ensure that suitable travel arrangements exist for students where examinations finish after normal school hours.
Equipment Required for Examinations
Please can Students and their Parents ensure that they bring the appropriate equipment to all examinations. To avoid delays at the start of the examination disadvantaging all candidates, equipment will not be lent out in the exam venue until the exam has commenced, hence students need to ensure that they arrive at the venue with all of the equipment that they require. This should include:
• A scientific calculator (check the batteries)
• A ruler
• 2 Black ink pens (biro, roller ball, etc.)
• 2 pencils (sharp, and of appropriate hardness – i.e. HB – 2H)
• An eraser
• A Pencil sharpener
• A selection of coloured pencils
and for some Mathematics examinations:
• A compass
• A protractor
ALL OF THE ABOVE ITEMS NEED TO BE IN A SEE-THROUGH PLASTIC BAG OR TRANSPARENT PENCIL CASE
Please note also that correction fluid is not allowed to be used and students must not bring a mobile telephone, a smartwatch or pager with them to the examination room, as the possession of one could lead to them being disqualified in that particular subject by the Examination Board.
Candidate Examination Rules, Advice and Information
Examination Rules and Guidance Examination Rules and Guidance 2016-17.pdf
Controlled Assessment is similar to coursework in many ways but is carried out under supervised conditions. It aims to give candidates an opportunity to show what they know about a certain topic or area of a subject. For more information see the JCQ Notice to Candidates – Controlled Assessments
Ofqual, in partnership with “plagiarism advice.org”, has published three new guides to give teachers, students and parents a greater understanding of how to produce honest, authentic and correctly referenced work. The guides are available for download from http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/plagiarism The Student Guide also describes how sources can be checked for authenticity, authority and accuracy using a range of techniques including specific advice about popular wiki resources, such as Wikipedia, which the guide highlights as an excellent starting point for research, providing that the material is verified using authoritative sources! The Parents Guide includes additional background information on the subject of plagiarism.
Official certificates will be available from early November either at Presentation Evening or from the school office. We will retain uncollected exam certificates for one year from the date of issue, after which any unclaimed certificates may be destroyed by a secure method (for example by shredding or incineration) in accordance with guidelines from the JCQ. To obtain copies of past certificates you should then contact the exam board(s) whose exams you originally sat.
Other Useful Websites and Guides
Some website links to assist with revision and exams in general are listed below. Please click on the headings:
• Coursework A guide for parents QCA | View or Download
• GCSE Student Guide | View or Download