I am writing to inform you of the arrangements for GCSE and A Level Results days in the summer.
Firstly, I would like to express my sympathy for all our students who have worked so hard and for so long towards the examinations they would have sat this summer. It is a real shame that their academic year was cut short in the way it was and that they were unable to demonstrate the sum of their efforts in the way we all planned, and for the Year 11 and 13 students in particular being unable to celebrate finishing an important phase of their education.
Secondly, as I am sure you are aware following the cancellation of examinations this summer the Government asked Schools and Colleges to use their professional experience through taking into account the full range of available evidence to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade they believe every student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year. The grades that we have submitted for our students are and will remain strictly confidential
. Please follow this link for further information from the Government with regard to how grades will be awarded: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020
And finally, although the manner in which grades will be awarded this summer has had to change dramatically, the dates for results days have not changed. A Level results day is Thursday 13 August 2020
, and GCSE results day is Thursday 20 August 2020
. The arrangements will be as follows:
Arrangements for results days
Sadly, under the circumstances we are unable to run our results days as we normally would on site, as we will be unable to ensure the safety of staff, students and parents/carers. Instead we will be arranging for A Level and GCSE results to be sent to the students, and ensuring that support is available from the Sixth Form team and from individual teachers
A Level results day - Thursday 13th August 2020
Year 13 students will receive their A Level/Level 3 results certificates by email
on this day. This email will be followed up through contact from the Sixth Form team to support these students with their next steps as they go into employment or higher education.
Year 12 students will also receive their results certificate by email
on this day. This email will be followed up through contact from the teachers of the specific subjects in which they have received results.
It is imperative that if Year 12 or 13 students have made any changes to their email addresses recently, that they get in touch with the Sixth Form team as soon as possible to communicate this. They can do so by email (firstname.lastname@example.org
), or by phone (01752 581604).
GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020
Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students will receive their GCSE results certificates by post
on this day. This letter will be followed up through contact from the Sixth Form team to support these students with their next steps as they go into further education. For those that require them, appointments will be made available to students and their parents/carers to discuss Key Stage 5 pathways.
It is imperative that if Year 10, 11, 12 or 13 students receiving GCSE results have had a change of address, that their parent/carer get in touch with the College as soon as possible to communicate this. You can do so through our contact form on our website (http://www.sjhcsc.co.uk/contact-us
), or alternatively, contact details can be updated directly by parents/carers through the SIMs Parent App: http://www.sjhcsc.co.uk/parents/sims-parent-app
. If for any reason students wish to have their results posted to an alternative address, then the student must write to our exams officer by post or email (email@example.com
) confirming their name, tutor group, current address and the alternative address that they wish the results to be posted to.
We have had some queries with regard to whether a student can appeal the grade(s) that they receive in the summer. The Government have provided the following guidance:
‘We are committed to doing all that we can to make sure students are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances, including allowing for an appeal where appropriate. In line with the direction given to us by the Secretary of State for Education, appeals will be allowed in cases where a centre believes it has made an error when submitting its information; or similarly, if the centre believes an exam board made a mistake when calculating, assigning, or communicating a grade. Additionally, a student who had evidence of bias or discrimination should raise this with their centre. They could also pass such evidence on to the exam board who could investigate for potential malpractice. Following our consultation, we have given serious consideration as to whether a student could appeal against their school or college’s centre assessment grades and position in the rank order. On balance, we have decided it would not be in the interests of all students, or the fairness of the arrangements overall, for a number of reasons.’
Autumn exam series:
We have had some queries with regard to students being able to sit an exam in an additional autumn exam series. The Government have provided the following guidance:
‘The autumn series is being provided so that any student who does not feel their calculated grade reflects their ability is given the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity. To ensure this is fair for all students, we have proposed that exam boards offer autumn exams for all of the GCSE, AS and A level qualifications they had intended to offer in the summer. We also proposed that the format of these exams should be the same as those normally offered in the summer. Students will not have to sit exams in all subjects in the autumn. They may take exams in as few subjects as they would like to.’
Although it is regretful that we are unable to hold our results days in the normal fashion, please be assured that we fully realise the importance of these results to our students and that we will ensure that they are all fully supported with whatever their next steps bring. If you have any questions about any of the information in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mr G Perrens