Message from OCR
20 March 2020
We’re committed to supporting schools and colleges and students through this challenging time. As you know, exams this summer have been cancelled due to coronavirus. Our aim is to help all students to progress.
We’ve summarised the key details from the Department of Education for you here:
GCSEs, AS and A Levels
Vocational Qualifications, including Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals
We know this is an unsettling time for students and teachers and we want to assure you that we will do everything we can to provide the information you need about our approach and the actions you need to take over the coming weeks and months.
Please keep checking the school webpages and awarding body webpages for updates.
Exam Resit Forms & Fees
Exam Results & Post Results
Students must collect their results in person or complete an ‘AIR’ form giving their permission for their results to be emailed to them or collected by a nominated third party with photo ID. Results will not be issued over the phone under any circumstances.
Summer exam Post Results services closes on 20 September – all forms must be with the Exams Office by 19 September. For November and January deadlines please contact the Exams office.
Certificates from the Summer 2019 examinations will be available for collection from the main school office from December 2019.
If you are unable to collect these in person, you can authorise a 3rd party to collect them on your behalf. Please complete a 3rd party collection form using the link below.
Please note we are only required to retain certificates for 12 months after which time they may be destroyed to comply with JCQ regulations. Once collected you should keep your certificates safe as you are likely to need them to prove your qualifications for further education or employment. The Examination Boards will charge a significant fee of approximately £45 each should you need a replacement certificate.
3rd party certificates collection form PCHS Exam Certificate Collection Card
Lost or Replacement Certificates
If you were a student at PCHS and have lost your certificates unfortunately we are unable to replace them. For replacement documents please contact the awarding bodies via the following links:
If you completed examinations with an old awarding body that no longer exists i.e NEA or LEAG please use this link here to find out who to contact for replacement documents.
Student and Parents – Important Exam Regulation Information
Please click the relevant links below to view JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) information relating to examination rules and regulations for 2012/20.
‘Malpractice’, means any act, default or practice which is a breach of the Regulations or which:
If you wish to read the full JCQ statement please read this document JCQ Definition of Malpractice
In the summer 2019 series the awarding bodies issued 3000 penalties for malpractice, an increase of 11% from the previous year – the most common penalty was for the possession of a mobile phone in an exam room. The penalty for possession of a mobile phone in the exam room will result in a mark of zero being awarded for that exam paper even if it is turned off and not intended to be used. There has been a national reported increase in engaging in social media posting around exams such as posting exam materials or claiming to have possession or access to live materials was seen and this has resulted in OFQUAL action against students and prosecution could occur. Students have a responsibility to report any social media information about exams to the school and to not engage in the posting, commenting or sharing of any information even if they believe it to be false.
Plagiarism in coursework and NEA essays is also a form of malpractice and awarding bodies are using technology in the same way that Universities in the use of platforms such as ‘Turnitin’ to ensure submitted work is the candidates own.
If you wish to know more about ‘How not to practise malpractice’, AQA have published an informative 35 minute podcast around the issues and the link to listen in is here
Please click the link below to see our Parent and Candidate Exam Guide which answers the most frequently asked questions regarding the examinations process.
If you have any queries or concerns relating to examinations please contact Ms R Boyles, Examinations & Cover Manager