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Exam Arrangements

General Exams Information

Centre Specific Information

​Backwell School produces an Examination Information Booklet for students and parent/carers.  Every student taking exams will be given their own copy prior to the exams.  This booklet contains vital information about the exams process, including what to do if you are ill or late, as well as information about results and certificates.

Further general exams information and FAQs can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Examinations - General Information and FAQs 

Exam Top Tips

Subject and Board Information

Please click on the link below for the list of the exam boards that we are currently using.  This list is correct for exams in 2020/2021, but please be aware that we occasionally change exam boards from one year to the next.  If your child is not taking exams in this current academic year, they may study a different specification.

Examinations - List of subjects and exam boards for exams in 2020-21

Access Arrangements

Access arrangements may be awarded to allow candidates with specific needs to access assessments.  The Education Support department deals with all aspects relating to access arrangements and will notify students and parents/carers of any arrangements that have been awarded as appropriate.  The links below provide further information.

Access Arrangements: Use of Word Processor

Guidance for candidates regarding access arrangements


Autumn 2021 Exam Season

A Level Resits

Exam Dates:  Monday 4 October - Friday 22 October 2021
Results:  Thursday 16 December 2021

GCSE Resits

Exam Dates:  Monday 1 November - Thursday 2 December 2021
Results (Maths and English GCSE and EPQ): Thursday 13 January 2022
Results (other GCSEs): Thursday 24 February 2022

Summer 2021 Exam Season

A summary of the Ofqual announcement on grading for GCSE, AS, A Level and Vocational qualifications:  For parents and carers of students in Years 11, 12 and 13

How will students' grades will be worked out?

  • Graded by teacher judgement
  • No algorithm will be used
  • Teachers will tell students what evidence is used to grade them
  • Students will only be assessed on what they have been taught

What evidence will be used?

  • Assessments, trial exams and work students have completed can be used as evidence
  • Results will also be based on future work and assessments students will complete so they should keep doing their best
  • Non-Exam Assessments (NEAs) can be used 
  • Art and design grades are based only on student's portfolio
  • Teachers can also use question banks provided by exam boards

When will students receive their results?

  • A level and AS level results on Tuesday 10 August
  • GCSE results on Thursday 12 August

Is there an appeals process?

  • If a student is unhappy with a grade, they can appeal it. The first step would be appealing to the school.

Will there be an opportunity to sit these exams in the future?

  • There will be a full series of examinations for students to take in all subjects and qualifications should they want which would be held in the autumn of 2021




Appeals Against Internal Assessment

Reviews of marking - centre assessed marks (GCSE controlled assessments, GCE coursework, GCE and GCSE non-examination assessments)

Backwell School is committed to ensuring that whenever its staff mark candidates’ work this is done fairly, consistently and in accordance with the awarding body’s specification and subject-specific associated documents.

  • Candidates’ work will be marked by staff who have appropriate knowledge, understanding and skill, and who have been trained in this activity.  Backwell School is committed to ensuring that work produced by candidates is authenticated in line with the requirements of the awarding body.  Internal standardisation and moderation will ensure consistency of marking, this is particularly important where several subject teachers are involved in marking candidates’ work.
  • Departments will ensure that candidates are informed of their centre assessed marks and that they are aware of the relevant deadlines so that they may request a review of the centre’s marking before the marks are submitted to the awarding body.
  • The School will inform candidates that they may request copies of materials to assist them in considering whether to request a review of the centre’s marking of the assessment. This is the pre-review request and should be made in writing to the Exams Office.
  • The Exams Office, having received a pre-review request for copies of materials, will inform the necessary CL/SL who will promptly make them available to the candidate. These materials will usually include a copy of their marked and annotated work along with relevant assessment schemes and relevant pages from the course specification.
  • The School will provide candidates with sufficient time in order to allow them to review copies of materials and reach a decision. A deadline by which the candidate can request a review of marking will be clearly stated.
  • Requests for reviews of marking must be made in writing to the Exams Office. A candidate cannot request a review simply because they do not like their mark. A specific issue must be identified e.g. ‘Section of work not credited towards an AO and they believe it should be’ or ‘insufficient time given in class for NEA’. Candidates should be aware that marks can go down as well as up following a request for a review.
  • The School will allow sufficient time for the review to be carried out, to make any necessary changes to marks and to inform the candidate of the outcome, all before the awarding body’s deadline.
  • The School will ensure that the review of marking is carried out by an assessor who has appropriate competence, has had no previous involvement in the assessment of that candidate and has no personal interest in the review. This could be a subject specialist from another school but will usually be the SL or another senior member of the department.
  • The School will instruct the reviewer to ensure that the candidate’s mark is consistent with the standard set by the centre. 
  • The candidate will be informed in writing of the outcome of the review of the centre’s marking.The outcome of the review of the centre’s marking will be made known to the Head of Centre. A written record will be kept and made available to the awarding body upon request.  Should the review of the centre’s marking bring any irregularity in procedures to light, all candidate marks will be reviewed and the awarding body will be informed immediately. 

This internal review process is a regulatory requirement, and is in place to ensure consistency of marking within the centre. After candidates’ work has been internally assessed, it is moderated by the awarding body to ensure consistency in marking between centres.  The moderation process may lead to mark changes.  This process is outside the control of Backwell School and is not covered by this procedure.

Please click on the link below to view the 2021/22 awarding body’s deadlines for centre assessed marks and school deadlines for informing candidates of provisional marks.


Results Days 2022

AS and A level results day - Thursday 18 August

​GCSE results day - Thursday 25 August

JCQ Information - Exam Rules and Regulations

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) also issue guidance for students taking exams.  It is important that all students taking exams are familiar with the content of these documents.  They are valid for all 2020/21 exam seasons.

Information for candidates - Privacy Notice (2020)

Information for candidates – Written exams

Information for candidates – Social media

Information for candidates – Non-examination assessments

Information for candidates – Coursework

Information for candidates – On-screen tests