AWARDING GRADES

This year teachers are awarding grades based on the evidence students have produced. In line with Ofqual (the exam regulators) guidance, we will be awarding grades using the following principles:

  • Students will only be assessed on what they have been taught.
  • Grades will be based on the standard a student is performing at now, as evidenced by a specific portfolio of work all students have had the opportunity to complete.
  • Teachers will need to be confident that any evidence used to justify a grade is the student’s own work.
  • Grading will be a holistic judgement of a student’ range of evidence against the JCQ grading descriptors (or exam board criteria for vocational qualifications) and not a formulaic calculation or prediction.
  • All grading decisions will be moderated by subject teams and not the sole decision of any individual teacher.

Full details of our School’s Centre policy can be found here

Parent guide to the awarding of Grades this Summer

Collection of results

We are delighted to be able to hand out results to our students in person on the following dates;

  • Tuesday 10 August – Y12/13/14 Results(except GCSE resits)
  • Thursday 12 August – Y10 and 11 Results

ADVICE & NEXT STEPS

We will have a team of staff onsite to offer you any support you need once results have been collected. If you wish to discuss your results please attend one of our Post-Results Surgeries. Student Post-results Surgeries will be held to answer any queries and access information by drop-in sessions with the senior leadership team.

These will be held every day in school from Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th August from 9.30-11.30am.

During these drop-in sessions Students must also have access to;

• The centre policy
• The sources of evidence used to determine the grade, along with the marks/grades associated with them.
• Details of any variations in evidence used based on disruption to what that student has been taught
• Details of any special circumstances that has been considered in determining their grade.

Who can I contact if I want to appeal?

If after the Student Exam Surgery you are considering an appeal then please contact us first using the details at the base of this page, so we can guide you through the process.

THE APPEALS PROCESS

There are three stages to the formal appeals process.

Stage 1 Appeal; This is an internal school check that the school followed our processes and didn’t make a clerical error (this is called a Centre Review).

Stage 2 Appeal; This is an appeal we submit on your behalf to the relevant exam board to review the evidence we used and decide if they agree the grade we awarded.

Stage 3 Appeal; The final option is you can apply to Ofqual, the exam regulator, to review the whole process. However, you need to follow through each stage before you can move onto the next.

It is also very important to remember grades can go down as well as up, so it’s a good idea to request the marks or grades awarded for each piece of evidence in a particular subject before you submit an appeal. This way you can see if it is likely to be successful. You can do this by attending any of our Student Exam Surgeries.

To confirm our Student Exam Surgeries will be held to answer any queries and access information by drop-in session with the senior leadership team every day from Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th August from 9.30-11.30am.

If you decide to progress with an appeal then here are the steps to follow:

Stage 1 Appeal

1. Click to download and complete this form 
2. Make sure you have read the information on page 1 before you proceed.
3. Complete page 2 with as much information as possible.
4. Email the form to us using the details at the base of this page
5. It must be signed by the student (though this can be electronic if it is emailed back to us from their own email account).

IF students wish to submit an APPEAL they must do so by 16th August for Priority Appeals (Year 13’s who are relying on results for University/college placements). Other appeals can be submitted up till 3rd September.

Stage 2 Appeal

If you wish to progress to the next level of appeal, you need to;

1. Complete page 4 and 5 of the returned ‘Student Request Form’
2. This must be signed by the student (or emailed from their own account).
3. Complete any relevant boxes to explain why you feel the grade awarded is not correct.

This could be one or more of the following reasons:

• You believe the school failed to do something stated in our TAG Policy, and this caused you to be given the wrong grade.
• You believe the exam board made an administrative error.
• You believe there was an unreasonable exercise of ‘academic judgement’ (see below), either in the selection of the evidence used or the determination of the grade from the selected evidence.
• The explanation of why you want to appeal does not need to be complex. It can be either:
• What evidence you consider should have been included, or excluded, and why you think it was unreasonable to exclude or include it.
• Why you consider the grade awarded from the evidence was unreasonable. For example, it did not reflect the standard shown by that evidence.

Once complete, please email us using the details below. We will then submit this appeal to the exam board on your behalf, along with the evidence and marks we used to decide the grade.

We will contact you with the response from the exam board as soon as we receive it.

Stage 3 Appeal

If you still disagree with the grade awarded by the exam board, you can refer the issue to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS). The exam board will have the final say unless EPRS finds it’s made an error.

TIMELINE

Can I re-sit my exams in the Autumn?

Yes, there is a window in the autumn for students to re-sit exams. If you wish to do this then do contact us to discuss further.

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