About

The Writers’ Examination Board arose from collaboration among teachers and writers who are disappointed that the AS/A2 qualification currently offered by AQA has not been ratified as a linear GCE qualification.  Our specification has been constructed in collaboration with Senior Examiners from AQA, with writers teaching graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Creative Writing at leading British Universities, and with members of the NATE Post-16 Conference.  We welcome collaboration with any sympathetic individuals and organisations who have a stake in Creative Writing as an educational discipline.

The Chair of WEB, and Principal Moderator for WRITE-1 PORTFOLIO is David Briggs.  David is Head of English at Bristol Grammar School.  He is also a widely published poet and recipient of an Eric Gregory Award.  David’s second collection of poetry, Rain Rider, was published by Salt in 2013, and his work appears in Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010).  He has taught Creative Writing for the Poetry School, as well as at AS/A2 Level.

Principal Examiner for WRITE-2 COMMISSIONED WRITING is Andrew Jamison.  Andrew teaches English at Abingdon School, and is currently an Examiner for AQA’s AS/A2 in Creative Writing, as well as for CIE’s Pre-U in English Literature.  Andrew is also a widely-published poet.  His second collection, Stay, will be published by Gallery Press in November 2017.

Principal Examiner for WRITE-3 RESPONSIVE WRITING is Maria O’Brien. Having taught English and Creative Writing for many years, Maria now works freelance, currently as Team Leader for the examiners of AQA’s CREW-4 module in A2 Level Creative Writing.

The Writer’s Examination Board (WEB) meets once a year, for the three Principal Examiners to present the outcomes from assessment of the three components, and to award grades to candidates. A representative from each centre running the course will also be invited to attend this meeting, so as to enable WEB to become quorate. Those centres currently include:

BRISTOL GRAMMAR SCHOOL

REDMAIDS’ HIGH SCHOOL

CLEVEDON SCHOOL

BADMINTON SCHOOL

MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE

ENFIELD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

KINGSWOOD SCHOOL, BATH