This section has guidance in which examination and assessment related policies and advice booklets can be found.
Assessment guidance for parents and carers
Below is a copy of the 'School Assessment Timelines 2021' letter sent home to parents of pupils taking AS Level, GCSE, Cambridge Nationals and Vocational exams. This provides guidance of the alternative arrangements in place for 2021, also answering frequently asked questions.
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, e.g. QA; OCR; Edexcel. 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.
Our School Examination Policy can be found below. The aim of this Policy is to ensure the planning and management of exams is conducted efficiently and in the best interest of candidates. Also, to ensure the operation of an efficient exam system with clear guidelines for all relevant staff.
Following the cancellations of Summer 2021 examinations, this document should be read in conjunction with the Centre Policy 2021 and Non-Examination Assessment Policy, which covers 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.
In addition, for 2021, the Centre Policy covers how the school is following the requirements for the awarding of Centre Assessed Grades
All other school policy documents can be found on the policies section of the website.
JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents for Summer 2021: https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf
The Exams Officer at West Kirby School and College is Samantha Stephens.