Exam Information and Guidance
Prior to taking any assessments and/or examinations this year, please take the time to familiarise yourself with all the student notices and warnings that are supplied by JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications). See Regulations
New for 2019; JCQ have introduced the requirement that ALL students must remain available up to, and including, Wednesday 26th June 2019. This is in case a timetabled examination has to be postponed due to a national or local disruption.
Failure to adhere to their regulations will compromise the integrity and security of the examination/assessment system and could result in either a loss of marks or complete disqualification.
Below you will find up to date articles which will provide more specific information to each exam season.
Arrangements for Collecting Exam Results
Thursday 15th August 2019 – A Level Results Day
Thursday 22nd August 2019 – GCSE Results Day
Members of staff will be on hand to assist and offer advice to any student during the morning – and remember, you do not need to seek advice solely from your subject teacher specifically.
If you have a query about your results you can also talk to, or email, Mrs Stamp (Examinations Officer) - email@example.com - where you will be guided through your options and the appeal procedure. Currently, exam boards will not deal directly with students.
If you are going to be away on Results Day, please contact Mrs Stamp before the end of the Summer term deadline so that alternative arrangements can be discussed – but be aware that JCQ regulations prevent us from giving out results over the telephone under any circumstances.
A ‘3rd party collection permission form’ can be obtained from the Exams officer. Once completed, it provides UVHS with the required signed written permission from yourself and details of the person you nominate to collect results on your behalf (they will be required to provide photographic ID).
If you or a 3rd party are unable to collect the hard copy of your results, printed on school headed paper, on results day then these will be held securely in school until they are collected, and signed for, by yourself or nominated representative – there is no postal service from school during holidays so they can’t be posted home.
Please note, the results are passed on to the local media for publishing as follows;
• Names will appear alphabetically using only the first initial and surname.
• For A-Level students, the subject code and level is listed but NO Grade given.
• For GCSE students, the number of passes A*-G and 9-1 are listed but NO subjects are given.
Information about the new GCSE grades for parents
Post Results Services for Summer 2018 Exam Season
Please find below the procedures to follow should you have any queries about your grades or want to request your exam papers back.
How to Collect Your Exam Certificates
Exam certificates are presented annually to Y11 and Y13 students at a Senior Prize Giving evening held in December.
If you are unable to attend prize giving, then the certificates remain securely stored at UVHS until they can be collected, and signed for, in person at a pre-agreed date and time from January onwards. Please email Mrs Stamp, Examinations Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make these arrangements.
Exam Certificates are stored for a maximum of 5 years. After this time, they are destroyed in a confidential manner as per the exam board requirements.
If you can’t attend prize-giving and you are unable to collect your certificates in person, then you need to obtain a ‘3rd party collection permission form’ from the Exams officer. Once completed, it provides UVHS with the required signed written permission from yourself and details of the person you nominate to collect them on your behalf (they will be required to provide photographic ID).
Please note, we do not post out exam certificates.
We only ever receive one copy of a student’s original certificate(s) and they are very expensive to replace if they go missing. Some exam boards will re-print a lost certificate but others do not offer a replacement certificate service anymore and will only issue a Certifying Statement of Results at a cost of approx. £40 - £45 each.
If the original certificate has been distributed to the student and it gets misplaced (or it has been confidentially destroyed because five years have elapsed), only the student may request replacements directly from the exam board and at their own expense.
We typically use the exam boards AQA, OCR and Pearson.
They each have useful information on their websites about what to do in the event that you need to replace lost exam certificates or need access to your results because we no longer keep them beyond a student’s 25th birthday.
For AQA: Past Results and Lost Certificates
For OCR: Replacement Certificates
For Pearson: Certificate Services
A-Level Results 2017
We recognise that this is a change from the past but on Results’ Day schools will be celebrating the many individual successes of their students as they always have done.
What we can confirm is that a very satisfying 75% of all Year 13 students have been immediately accepted into their first choice universities with several other offers pending. Indeed 2 students have been accepted by Cambridge (Dylan – Computer Science and Emily – Music), another student has turned down her place at Oxford and one other student is awaiting confirmation of her place at Cambridge; a further 2 students will be studying at Durham.
Quite a few students have also qualified to take up highly sought after Higher Apprenticeship Schemes including positions at BAE, JF Hornby, Forge Europa and, in the case of Alex (2 A*, 1C), Ernst & Young.
Head of Sixth Form, Mr Rastelli said “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure working with this year group. With the commitment, dedication and sheer hard work that they have put into their time at UVHS, both inside and outside the classroom, they fully deserve to have achieved such outstanding results. They will be sorely missed. I will certainly continue to wear my Class of 2017 sixth form leavers’ hoodie (that they presented to me as a farewell present) with a real feeling of pride around the streets of Ulverston and beyond!”
The highest achiever was with 3 A*s (he will be going to Cambridge to study Computer Science), followed by-
A*A*A - Annabelle
A*AA – Emily, Matthew, Sulagna, Connor, Mary, Emily, Jay, Ella, Luke, Jasmine, Martyna & Luke (with an additional B each)
A*A*B – Dea
A*A* - Ronan (completing 3rd A Level in 2018)
A*A*C – Alex
A*AB - Bethan, Hugh, Ben
AAAA – Alex
AAA – Brandon, Charlie, Georgia (Head Girl)
AAAB - Isobel
Mr Hardwick, Head of School says – “We are absolutely delighted with the phenomenal outcomes that this year’s UVHS Year 13 students have achieved and are proud of each and every one of them. The outstanding results of our students reflect not only their own hard work and commitment, but also the amazing dedication and quality of our teaching and support staff alongside the superb levels of encouragement and focus fostered by parents and families. UVHS is a true learning community, providing a traditional and challenging A-Level curriculum and these results show how all areas of a student’s life can come together to provide the very best opportunities for their futures.”
GCSE Results 2017
UVHS staff and students are delighted with the 2017 GCSE results.
Headteacher Denis Fay said “I would personally like to congratulate all the students in all the FEC schools who have been successful in their results today. Cumbrian schools are proud to serve our children, their families and the communities they come from. This year there are more changes than ever to the grading system, grade boundaries and performance measures. With the most significant change coming in English and mathematics we are making sure that collectively and individually we have accurate data to share with the media, the public and other stakeholders who are as keen as we are to celebrate the successes of our children and to congratulate all of our school staff.”
“As always there are a number of queries over re-marks and grade boundaries and so, once the official DfE September checking exercise has been completed we will issue our headline data. For now, it is essential we focus on the real stars of today; the students.”
Head of School, Matthew Hardwick, added;
“Our students, the children of our wonderful county and schools are also more than the sum of their grades and so today we want to celebrate the individuals who have shone for all sorts of reasons. We are extremely proud of the overall outcomes for the year group as a whole and absolutely delighted many individual performances. Today’s results are a reflection of the immense dedication, commitment and sheer hard work that has been put in by both the students and staff of our fantastic school, as well as the phenomenal support of our parental body. It is also always important to remember that schools should not be ‘results factories’ and we have endeavoured to prepare each and every one of our students as much as possible for their future lives – again our students and staff have shown unbelievable levels of drive in providing/enjoying a huge range of extra-curricular provision. We wish them all the very best of luck in their chosen paths as they continue to create their own life stories.”