LIMERICK SCHOOL OF MUSIC EXAMINATIONS POLICY

It is the responsibility of everybody involved in Limerick School of Music’s exam process to read, understand and implement this policy.

Rationale

Limerick School of Music (LSOM) examinations/assessments provide vital summative assessment.  The examinations/assessments provides information to students, parents, teachers, other educational institutions and employers about knowledge, understanding and skills achieved.  To this end, the School participates willingly in the administration of these examinations/assessments in the best interests of the students and the School.

Purposes

To ensure that:

  • • The exams system in LSOM combines entitlement with flexibility.
  • • Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate the highest achievement of which they are capable and competent.
  • • Students undertake examinations/assessments knowing what is expected of them in terms of preparation and behaviour.
  • • Students/Parents are guided in their decisions about whether to enter/withdraw an examination entry and to do so with full knowledge of the implications for their path of progress.
  • • Staff understand fully their obligations and responsibilities with relation to examinations/assessments.
  • • The School meets the requirements of examination security and is properly equipped to undertake the administration of examinations, including data processing and a results service.
  • • Accurate examination/assessment data is available to inform target setting.
  • • Curriculum planning, target setting and careers links take into account up-to-date information on the current examinations/assessments system.

Responsibility for examinations/assessments:

• The Principal and Deputy Principal, together with the Management Team, have overall responsibility for the school as an examination/assessment centre including external examinations.
• The Deputy Principal will take responsibility for the administration of entries, complete the relevant paperwork, organise the examination/assessment sessions and examination data.
• Administrative staff will provide support for the input of data, communication with the examination boards, posting of the examination/assessment times and all aspects of examination results procedures.

Regulations

• Students commence examinations when the teacher deems that they are of an appropriate age.
• Once a student has commenced examinations, it is expected that an examination or assessment will be completed each year.
• LSOM students are obliged to take their examination in the timetabled examination periods and may not enter for an examination outside of these periods.
• LSOM enters its students for Associated Board theory examinations in June each year.  LSOM does not offer the facility for its students to sit/resit Associated Board theory examinations at any other time of the year.
• LSOM students may not enter practical/theory examinations, other than diplomas, outside of the school.
• LSOM acts as a centre for external examination bodies.  Any queries with reference to entries, results, certification etc. pertaining to external examining bodies must in the first instance be directed to the Deputy Principal.
• Students who wish to enter for a Grade VI or higher Associated Board practical examination must have passed A.B. Grade V theory and may be required to submit written proof with their entry form. 
• LSOM will not be liable for refunds in the event that:
 (i)  A student’s entry is withdrawn because of lack of adequate preparation by the student.
 (ii)  A student fails to attend an examination/assessment and does not produce a medical certificate or evidence of other mitigating circumstances. (Some examination bodies may issue a refund on medical grounds.)
• If a student’s entry is to be withdrawn there must be consultation between the student, parents/guardians, teacher and Principal before any final decision is made.  Withdrawals should be given in writing to the Deputy Principal.
• Any proposed changes to the examination/assessment style, timing of examinations, syllabus changes etc. must be approved by the end of the academic year.  Proposed changes should, in the first instance, be discussed at a department meeting.
• LSOM students and staff are expected to abide by LSOM examination policy.

 

Examination/Assessment Periods:

  • EASTER:  JUNIOR & LEAVING CERT PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS.
  • MAY: A.B. GRADES I - IV PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS
  • JUNE: HOUSE THEORY EXAMS, ALL HOUSE PRACTICALS AND ASSESSMENTS, SPEECH & DRAMA EXAMS, A.B.GRADE V-VIII THEORY EXAMS.
  • DECEMBER: A.B. GRADES V - VIII PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS.


DIPLOMA EXAMS WILL TAKE PLACE IN LSOM WHEN THERE ARE SUFFICIENT NUMBERS TO MERIT THE ORGANISATION OF A PRIVATE CENTRE.

David O’Connell
Principal
(November 2015)