Examinations

Public Examinations – Results Days 2020

Whilst this has been a difficult and anxious time for everyone as a result of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, hopefully the publication of GCSE, A Level and vocational grades in the summer will provide a measure of closure and an end to those worries!  Understandably, students, parents and teachers all have their concerns about the whole process concerning the awarding of calculated grades, but the school would like to remind you of the following:

  • The teachers know their students well and are able to assess grades with a high degree of accuracy.
  • The centre-assessed grades submitted to the exam boards were agreed by the school following an internal quality assurance process and are not the sole responsibility of any individual teacher
  • The standardisation model developed by Ofqual and the awarding organisations is statistical and may not reflect the grades submitted by the centre.
  • The standardisation process applied by the exam boards ensures grades awarded this year are consistent with those awarded to other cohorts in other years.
  • This was the fairest possible approach available under extreme circumstances. It is a rigorous process which means that grades awarded this year are as valid as in any other year.
  • This will allow pupils to progress to the next stage of their lives in the normal way.

Ofqual have produced a useful guide which explains the process by which grades have been awarded in Summer 2020. This can be found by clicking here.

A reminder that the examination results will be published by email after 8am on Thursday 13th August (for A Level, BTEC and CTEC qualifications) and Thursday 20th August (For GCSE and Cambridge National qualifications).

The school has previously communicated the support that will be available for students following the publication of results which can be found on the download section of this page. Further advice and guidance will be published along with results on the dates above by email to the students.

Appeals and Complaints

In the past students who felt that there had been an error in the process used to arrive at their external examination grade were able to request a review of marking.

Clearly as there are no scripts to review this year there are far fewer grounds on which a candidate can lodge an appeal on their final grade.

Dissatisfaction with the grades issued by examination boards does not constitute grounds for an appeal unless there is evidence that there has been a technical error by the centre or the examination board. This might be a suspected clerical error e.g. when transferring data from one spreadsheet to another.
  
As a centre we will receive instructions from the exam boards on how to lodge an appeal if we believe there has been an error, either on our part or that of the board. This appeal is lodged by the school rather than by the candidate.

Candidates can only appeal their Centre Assessed Grade on two grounds: a technical error on the part of the school or the exam board or due to bias or discrimination.Please see the document downloads on this page. Alternatively, a candidate can also raise such issues directly with the examination board if they wish.

Parents cannot appeal on behalf of their children. Any appeal needs to be made by the candidate themselves.

Please be advised that if a student is unhappy with their grade they are able to sit exams in the autumn term. More details can be requested from the school’s Examinations Officer/Manager.

Examinations Officer

The Examinations Officer is Sarah Ross

Exam Fees

Information for Candidates