Here at Poole Grammar School we aim to make the exam experience as successful and stress-free as possible. The exams department works closely with staff and students to ensure that this is achieved throughout public and mock examinations. Our intention is to provide students with all of the necessary information so that they are as well informed as possible for their exams.
This page should provide you with all of the information which you may need regarding examinations at Poole Grammar School. However, if you have any queries, please contact the exams office.
Examinations Officer: Miss Dawn Jones
Examinations Assistant: Mrs Anita Bonham
Exam Subjects at Poole Grammar School
A Level Subject information can be found here
GCSE Subject information can be found here
The exam boards which Poole Grammar School use are:
Awarding Bodies (Exam Boards) are regulated by JCQ who produce the legislation for exams. Students should make themselves aware of the rules and regulations surrounding exams so that they are not subject to a malpractice investigation.
We hold onto a number of certificates that have not been collected over the last 5 years, so if you don’t think you ever collected your certificates, please get in touch with The Exams Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can provide you with information on collection or secure postal delivery.
If we are unable to reunite you with your certificates, you will have to contact the Exam Boards directly for replacements or statements of results. Many have now amalgamated into 4 and are listed below:
Exam board timetables for 2023 can be found:
A Level: A Level Exam Dates 2023
GCSE: GCSE Exam Dates 2023
JCQ have designated Thursday 8 June 2023 PM, Thursday 15 June 2023 PM and Wednesday 28 June 2023 as contingency days. Candidates must be available up to and including the 28 June in case an awarding body needs to use its contingency plan.
Results days have been confirmed as:
A Level: 17 August 2023
GCSE: 24 August 2023
Further information will be circulated to students and parents/ carers before the end of the school year.
The following Poole Grammar School policies can be issued by The Exams Office upon request:
Internal appeals procedure
Non-examination assessment (NEA) policy
Policy for use of word processors in exams
Access arrangements for exams policy
Data Protection policy for exams
Post results and appeals procedure
Equalities for exams policy
Whistleblowing for exams policy
Special Consideration Policy
Appeals and Complaints
Poole Grammar School has an internal appeals policy which details what decisions students can appeal regarding non-examined assessment marks and the school’s decision not to support a review of marking or an appeal. Students are directed to read the document and in all cases the form at the end of the document should be completed and submitted to email@example.com.
For complaints regarding the school’s delivery or administration of a qualification, please read Poole Grammar School’s Complaints Policy.
JCQ Information to Candidates Documents
Students sitting public examinations should be familiar with the following documents before their exams:
The exams office have compiled a document for students which provide all of the necessary information they may need surrounding examinations, this can be found here.
Unfortunately, Poole Grammar School does not accept candidates who have no links with the school. If you were a previous student please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss if we can accommodate your requirements.
Students who wish to sit or resit a subject that they are not being taught, should get in touch with the exams office at the start of the school year to discuss if your request can be accommodated.
Exam Stress and Wellbeing
At Poole Grammar School external assessment in public examinations is taken through the 3 main examining bodies, AQA, Edexcel and OCR. Year 9 take a GCSE short course examination in ICT in the summer and the normal GCSE entry for Year 11 students is 10 subjects (English, English Literature, Mathematics, Religion and Philosophy, a Modern Language, Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Double Award Science), plus two or three optional subjects). Over half the year group take an additional Mathematics qualification of a more advanced nature.
In year 12/13 the core programme for most students is three A levels (four including Maths and Further Maths), enrichment and sport. In addition, students may choose to study Core Mathematics, and/or the Extended Project qualification. A wide range of enrichment opportunities are available, including volunteering with local organisations.
For Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 school performance data click here to view School Performance Tables.
A-level and GCSE results for the last 3 years:-