We are confident that this system was applied fairly and consistently. However, it is important to note that the school has no control over the final grades released in August. These are assigned by the Awarding Bodies and Ofqual, after applying a standardisation process to the CAGs that St Martin’s submitted to the exam boards.
Read further information from Ofqual on this year's GCSEs, AS and A levels. A student guide has been published for those receiving qualification results in England this summer. This guide is to help students and their parents and carers to understand how results have been awarded this year and where to find more information.
Ofqual have also produced a short film and a fact sheet which gives full details about the statistical model used so that students, parents and carers can understand how GCSE, AS and A levels will be standardised this summer.
POST RESULTS SERVICES
In most years some students ask for a review of marking and to appeal against some grades. This year, as no formal examinations have been sat, students will not be able to challenge the Centre Assessment Grade or the rank order. Grades can only be changed through sitting an examination in individual subjects in October/November (see information below). Ofqual will only allow for the following:
A student will be able to ask the centre (school) to conduct a clerical check to see if the centre made an error when submitting a Centre Assessed Grade.
A student will be able to complain to the school if they have evidence of bias or that they were discriminated against.
A centre to appeal to an exam board on the grounds that the exam board used the wrong data when calculating grades, and/or incorrectly communicated the grades calculated.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIT EXAMS
Ofqual has released information regarding an autumn series of A Level/Vocational Qualifications and GCSEs, should any student who is not satisfied with their grades want to sit the exams. If any student wishes to be entered for any of these exams, the deadline to inform the school is:
Wednesday 26 August 2020, 12:00pm for Year 13 - A Level and Vocational Qualifications
Monday 7 September 2020, 12:00pm for Year 11 - GCSE
The exams will be held at St Martin’s and the timetable will run as follows:
GCE AS and A level examinations start on Monday 5 October and finish on Friday 23 October 2020
GCSE examinations start on Monday 2 November and finish on Monday 23 November 2020
Entry to these exams will only be available to students in subjects for which they were entered in the summer season and we will be asking parents/carers to pay a deposit equivalent to the price of each exam if a resit is requested which will be approximately £40.00 per exam.
Due to the significant amount of learning that has been missed, our best advice to students is to consider whether to sit an exam in the autumn term. This would be without any preparation, alongside having to continue their university studies or new A level /BTEC courses at Post 16. This could lead to further potential disruption and believe that it is important for students to concentrate their efforts fully on their next steps.
Please send all exam requests to our Examinations Officer Ms Mckoy, her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
On Results Day, students will receive the following information:
A final grade for each subject – as students did not take any written exams and no NEA marks were submitted to any of the boards, they will not receive any unit grades, marks or grade boundaries
Details on the process for entering resits for students who are not satisfied with their final grades
Information signposting students to Ofqual (and awarding bodies as appropriate) that sets out how their grades were calculated this year and information on access to appeal (as outlined above)
If you have any questions regarding Results Day or any of the information above, please email our Examinations Officer.
On Results Day, Year 11 students will also be able to enrol for St Martin’s 6th Form.
After Results Day, Young Enterprise invites Year 11 and Year 13 students to join their free Webinars where you will have the chance to hear from two inspirational speakers who’ll share their stories of life after results day and how they came to be where they are today.
You can book your place on the free webinars for a selection of dates from below by clicking on the link