Results Day Thursday 20th August 2020
Student and Parents Guide
We would love nothing more than to invite all of our year 11 students back into school for a ‘normal’ results day, usually a morning full of excitement, apprehension and hugs! However, this year has been one like no other and that unfortunately means that we need to adapt the way in which we give out exam results this year.
Below you will find information on the procedures we have put in place to enable students to come and collect their results safely and also some further information on how grades have been calculated this year.
We are always here to support so if you have any queries or concerns please get in touch with Mrs Evans, Exams Officer via email email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you all back, for albeit a very brief and socially distanced encounter!
Procedure for results day 2020
In order to manage the number of people on site at one time and to comply with current public health regulations, for your safety you have been allocated a time slot to come into school to collect your results. See below house group time slots (Please contact us if you have forgotten your house group!
- 9.00am -9.30am – Adventure
- 9.30am – 10.00am – Discovery
- 10.00am – 10.30am – Eagle
- 10.30am – 11.00am – Endeavour
- 11.00am – 11.30am – Resolution
Arrival at school & process of collecting results
Please come to school during your allocated time slot and make your way to the fire exit doors of the sports hall via the school car park.
A member of staff will be there to greet you and we will ask you to sanitise your hands prior to entering the sports hall.
You will collect your results envelope from Mrs Evans located in the Sports Hall. You will be asked to sign to confirm you have received your results and also note down your further education/career destination. If you wish to bring your own pen please do so, otherwise there will be hand sanitiser available for you to use after using the pen provided.
You will then leave the sports hall via the fire exit adjacent to the MUGA. Please then make your way back home via the school gates if on foot or car park if you have arrived by car.
Students are asked to collect their results and open them away from the school site, ideally at home within their own household. I’m sure you can imagine, this is not how we would like to run our results day however due to the current restrictions in place, we must do all we can to mitigate risk to staff, students, their families and the wider community.
We are here for you if you have you have any concerns about the grades you have been awarded. As we are unfortunately unable to offer face to face support on results day this year, if you would like to discuss your results or any concerns, please email Mrs Evans on firstname.lastname@example.org and a call from a member of the senior leadership team will be arranged on the afternoon of results day to discuss with you.
Other guidelines to follow:
It is imperative that social distancing is practiced at all times when travelling to and whilst on the school site.
Due to the current restrictions, only students will be allowed in the sports hall to collect results. Parents are more than welcome to wait outside (maintaining social distance) Please contact Mrs Evans email@example.com if this presents issues and we will work with you to resolve them.
Please do not attend the school site outside of your given time slot. If there are any issues with the time slot allocated please contact Mrs Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
It is not permitted to gather at the school entrance, car park or school gates
Please do not attend school if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have someone in their household who does. If this is the case, please contact Mrs Evans email@example.com who will arrange for your results to be emailed to you.
Unable to collect your results?
If you are unable to collect your results in person during the time slot allocated, you may give permission for another person to collect on your behalf. If you wish to do this, the form provided by email must be completed and the person collecting your results on your behalf must carry identification.
There is also a form for giving permission to post results if this is your preference if you are unable to attend in person. Please note that if you opt for your results to be posted to you, they will be posted on results day itself and not before so please allow for the time it takes to get to you in the post.
The following information is taken from JCQ and explains the process of how grades have been awarded this year and also some FAQ’s. Also attached is an infographic from Ofqual for your information. If you have any queries or concerns at all please do not hesitate to contact the exams officer Mrs Evans on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Methodology used to award GCSE and A level grades – Information taken from JCQ
GCE A, AS and GCSE level grades have been awarded by exam boards this summer through a methodology set by the regulators. Centres were asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each subject. These were to be solely based on existing evidence:
• Centre Assessment Grades – the grades they believed students were most likely to achieve in their examinations
• Rank Orders – within each subject, the order of students, by performance, for each grade
The standardisation system also considers a school or colleges’ results over time and students’ prior attainment to determine whether the Centre Assessment Grades submitted were more generous or severe than predicted. This process allows for the standardisation of grades across schools and colleges to ensure that results are aligned across the cohort.
Differences between Centre Assessment Grades and final grades
It was not possible to standardise the way teachers generated their Centre Assessment Grades this summer, there simply was not the time. Instead, in the interests of fairness, it was necessary for exam boards to standardise the judgements of centres in order to make sure that, at a national level, grade distributions in summer 2020 were broadly in line with previous years.
Centres may experience some adjustments to their Centre Assessment Grades. The extent of any difference a centre might experience may vary between subjects because standardisation was conducted at a subject level, not at centre level. For example, the standardisation of GCSE English language was not affected by the standardisation of GCSE history.
Question: What if I am not happy with my grades?
• A: Please request to receive a call from a member of SLT who can discuss your concerns with you and offer advice. Email Mrs Evans on email@example.com to arrange. There will be an appeals process however we are awaiting finalised details from Ofqual and exam boards. We will communicate this when we receive further information.
Question: What if I am still not happy?
• A: As previously announced in England only there will be a full series GCSE exams in all subjects available in autumn 2020 for those student’s who wish to sit an exam. The student can then take the best outcome of either the calculated grade or the exam result and certificates can be changed to reflect the best result.
Dr Philip Wright, Director General of JCQ said:
“In August, we will be celebrating the success of young people and their progression to the next stage of learning or move into a career. The grades will be reflective of what they might have achieved had they been able to sit their exams and will enable them to move on to the next phase in their lives.
“By the autumn, many young people will have entered further or higher education or started their careers. The autumn series will be available for young people for whom it was not possible to issue a grade or who wish to improve grades based on taking an exam. Full details on the autumn series will be available shortly from the exam boards.”
The timetable will run as follows:
· GCSE examinations start on Monday 2 November and finish on Monday 23 November. The deadlines for entry are:
· GCSE (except English Language and Mathematics) – 18 September
· GCSE (English Language and Mathematics) – 4 October.
Question: Which teacher provided my (child’s) grades?
• A: The Centre Assessment Grades were agreed between all the teachers in a department, the Senior Leadership Team and signed off by the Head of Centre.