Although initial responsibility for examination entry lists lies with individual Heads of Departments who are best qualified to answer any queries concerning the content of specifications, parents may wish to contact the Examinations Officer directly to discuss dates and durations of papers, to seek clarification of the complex modular system or to deal with any special requirements their son may have.
The Learning Support Department liaises closely over the provision of access arrangements (justifiable extra time in papers, use of computers etc.) and it is crucial that any needs are explored at an early stage so that permission can be applied for within the strict deadlines the Boards impose.
Once results are published some parents may choose to challenge an outcome. The re-marking of candidates’ scripts is an option and details of this and other Post Results Services are issued to parents at the relevant time. It is important, however, to realise that grades do not automatically rise in response to an enquiry: downward motion is also a possibility.
The aim is to provide candidates with the opportunity to produce their best work under potentially stressful conditions. In this competitive world a set of good results can make an enormous difference to a young man’s prospects.