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Year 11 and Year 13 Results

17th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that you and your families are continuing to keep safe and well during these challenging times. As we approach the end of the summer term we want to provide clarity on the arrangements for the upcoming Year 11 and Year 13 Results Days in August.

Under normal circumstances all students would be invited into school to collect their results. Year 11 would have interviews to either confirm their places on Sixth Form courses or to discuss alternative pathways reflecting their GCSE performance. Year 13 students would be supported by a team of staff in the building to accept their University offers or helped through the Clearing process to gain a place at an alternative university setting.

Due to Covid-19 however, our normal results days cannot go ahead and so alternative arrangements have been made. Please see below for details:

 

A Level Results Day: Thursday 13th August 2020

A Level results will be sent via email to each student by 8am. This means that students do NOT need to come into school to collect them.

To ensure each student receives the important results email in August, we sent a test email on Friday 10th July to all students via their school email account on Outlook. Parents and carers were also informed of this by a text message. On receipt of the test email, each student is required to submit a Google Form (link provided in the test email) to confirm they understand the results process. Any student who does not complete the form will be contacted by the school before the end of term.

UCAS automatically receives notification of each student’s A Level grades from all the major exam boards so there is no need for students to do this. There are however, some grades which are not automatically sent. Please take a quick look at this handy UCAS guide to see if this applies to any of your child’s courses.

Students need to be patient with the online UCAS system on Results Day as there are thousands of young people using the online system and it is bound to be a little slow at times.

A significant number of students will be guaranteed one of their University places based on their results. If the results are very close to meeting the University offer, it is worth your child phoning the University directly to see if they will still be accepted. If your child does not meet the requirements and does not secure their University place then they will need to enter Clearing. If this is the case please watch this clip from UCAS to help understand the process.

Despite the students not coming into the school building on Results Day, there will be a team of dedicated Sixth Form staff available throughout the morning to offer support and guidance if required. If any student needs support they should email Ms. Carnegie-Gomez (Head of Sixth Form) at  lcarnegie@eastbarnetschool.com. The email should briefly outline the query and include a contact number. On receipt of the email, a member of the team will phone the student back.

 

GCSE Results day: Thursday 20th August 2020

GCSE results will be sent via email to each student by 8am. This means that students do NOT need to come into school to collect them.

To ensure each student receives the important results email in August, we sent a test email on Friday 10th July to all students via their school email account on Outlook. Parents and carers were also informed of this by a text message. On receipt of the test email, each student is required to submit a Google Form (link provided in the test email) to confirm they understand the results process. Any student who does not complete the form will be contacted by the school before the end of term.

If students meet the grade requirements for the A Level courses chosen, or the A Level team decide that the grades achieved are close enough, then students will receive confirmation of this via email and no further action is required until the Year 12 induction in September.

If, however, students do not match the entry requirements then they will be emailed an appointment time for a telephone call to discuss alternative courses. If your child is asked to come into school, you are encouraged accompany them to discuss more appropriate course options.

 

Opportunity to sit exams

As you will be aware, all GCSE and A Level exams this year were cancelled due to Covid-19. All schools were therefore directed to submit provisional Centre Assessed Grades and rank orders to the relevant awarding body in accordance with the Ofqual guidance (see link below) and in line with the awarding body instructions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020

Subject teachers used a range of evidence to generate the Centre Assessed Grades and all departments were involved in a rigorous internal standardisation process to ensure the predictions were robust.

For the reason of fairness, awarding bodies are also putting these grades through a standardisation process to ensure grading standards are consistent across all centres (schools). The rank order of candidates will not be changed but the final grades candidates receive may be different to the Centre Assessment Grades submitted by the school.

If, on results day, students are really unhappy with their grades and the results mean that A Levels, college courses or University places cannot be pursued as planned, then there is an option for students to sit some or all of their exams in the autumn term. Whilst we do not want to discourage this, students need to consider the implications carefully. Due to Lockdown measures students have not been taught in school since the end of March and this may have created a significant knowledge gap. Good performance in the autumn exams will therefore require extensive revision and lots of independent study. There is also a cost implication for sitting exams in the autumn term.

 

Grade Appeals

At results time, Ofqual will be providing information for students that sets out how their grades were calculated this year and the options available if they believe their result was not properly produced, including access to appeal. The National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline offers advice each year for students who have not received the results they had hoped for. Ofqual will also make a helpline available to students and their parents or carers to talk about the appeals process and any other questions they may have about their results this summer.

https://www.gov.uk/careers-helpline-for-teenagers

Awarding bodies will also likely provide information for students about results. We will signpost students to any relevant information at results time.

If a student has a concern about a grade that they have been awarded, they can contact Mrs Saleh (Exams Officer) on or after results day at bsaleh@eastbarnetschool.com to:

  • check whether an error was made when submitting the centre assessment grade and rank order to the awarding body
  • raise a complaint if they feel they have evidence of bias or that they were discriminated against. A student could also pass such evidence on to the awarding body who could investigate for potential malpractice
  • seek any information the awarding body holds in relation to how the final grade was calculated
  • provide information about the opportunity to take an exam in the autumn series or in summer 2021.

Candidates can appeal their grades if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case. An appeals form will be available on results day.

A candidate can:

  • ask their centre to appeal on their behalf to an awarding body if there is evidence that leads a candidate to believe:

– the centre made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information

– an awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade

  • appeal against the centre’s decision

– not to seek any information the awarding body holds that would be needed for an appeal; and/or

– not to appeal to the awarding body.

A candidate cannot:

  • appeal against their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal in respect of the process or procedure used by the school in calculating their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal directly in any respect to the awarding body.

We as a school appreciate how disheartening this whole experience has been for everyone. It feels so unfair that the students were not given the opportunity to test and prove their ability in the summer exams. The teachers feel exactly the same way as all the hard work, support and interventions put in place to ensure success has gone unmeasured.

Despite this, we are so proud of all of our students. They have not sat their exams, yet we are fully aware of their ability and success. We have watched them grow during their time at East Barnet School into wonderful and resilient young people. We look forward to seeing the results in August and are fully committed to supporting our students moving forward in their next phase of education, either here at East Barnet School or beyond.

In the meantime, please stay safe we wish you all a well-deserved summer break.

Kind regards,

Mrs Hurst
Associate Deputy Headteacher

 

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