Dr Jo Saxton, Ofqual Chief Regulator, visited Epsom as part of a tour of schools and colleges designed to help her understand the views and experiences of students preparing to take their end-of-year exams.
On her visit to the College, Dr Saxton met with the Head, Sir Anthony Seldon, senior academic staff and pupils from the key examination years – Year 11 and the Upper Sixth. She listened to their views, answered their questions, and explained her role and the role of Ofqual in ensuring consistency for students of all ages taking exams each year.
Jo gave Epsom students great insight into the processes and current procedures for examinations, the future of examinations and discussed the role of exams in university admissions, before wishing them luck in their upcoming exams.
Will Keat, Assistant Head: Teaching Staff and Examinations, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Jo to Epsom today. The insights she provided both to our staff and pupils about the role of Ofqual was invaluable. Ten of our pupils enjoyed sitting down with Jo to share their experience of preparing for examinations at both GCSE and A-level and asked plenty of insightful questions of Jo to further understand the grading and decision-making that determines the way in which they are examined.”