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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

Exam Information - Summer 2020

How will your grades be calculated? 

As a result of the government's decision to cancel exams, we have asked your teachers and tutors to provide the exam boards with:

  • ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for all subjects that you were entered for, based on the available evidence and what your teachers felt you most likely would have achieved, if you had sat an examination this year.

  • a ‘rank order’ of all learners within each grade for the subject, based on what your teachers/tutors felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances.

Your teachers will have based their decisions on a range of evidence, including any work you may have completed in class, coursework, any prior exam or mock results, and your general performance during the course. The information that was submitted to the exam boards will have been checked beforehand by other teachers,  Heads of Department and two members of the Exams Office team  and signed off by the Head teacher . 

All centre assessment grades and rank orders submitted will be reviewed by the exam board to check that our centre has submitted all the information needed to give you a grade. To ensure  grades and outcomes can be issued they will review lots of key data - this is referred to as the ‘statistical standardisation’.  

All Exam boards will use a statistical model, developed by Ofqual, to look at things like historical data and the national picture, as well as the data from us, to issue final grades. This is really important as it makes the process as fair as it can be for everyone, by ensuring the same grading standards are applied for all schools and colleges and that grades remain comparable from one year to the next. If grading judgements in some schools and colleges appear to be more generous or severe than others, individual grades may be adjusted up or down to reflect that.

Ofqual, the qualifications regulator who designed the statistical model, have created an infographic  to help explain the process that all awarding organisations will be using this year.

OFQUAL: Student guide to post-16 qualifications results: summer 2020

When will you find out your results? 

  • 13 August 2020 – AS/A levels & Level 3 qualifications
  • 20 August 2020 – GCSE & Level 1/2 qualifications

Arrangements for results day(s) 

A Level results will be available to students on Thursday 13th August.  Due to the on-going health crisis, we will be e-mailing all students their results in order that they do not have to come into school should they prefer not to.  Results will be sent to students’ school e-mail accounts and it is therefore very important that they check that they can access their school e-mails at home from the device that they intend to use, and let Mr Dusterhoft know before the end of term if they have any difficulties. 

Year 13 Exam Results Day letter from Mr Griffith

GCSE results will be available to students on Thursday 20th August.  Due to the on-going health crisis, we will be e-mailing results to all students and they will not need to come into school.  Results will be sent to students’ school e-mail accounts and it is therefore very important that they check that they can access their school e-mails at home from the device that they intend to use, and let Mrs Kenneally know before the end of term if they have any difficulties. 

Year 11 Exam Results Day letter from Mr Griffith

Due to data protection, results will be issued to students and will not be e-mailed to parents/carers.  Results will be issued via e-mail by 9am.

Concerns about your results

If you have concerns about a grade you have been awarded, you can ask exams@piggottschool.org  to:

  • check whether an error was made when submitting your centre assessment grade and rank order to the awarding body
  • raise a complaint if you feel you have evidence of bias or that you were discriminated against; you 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 your final grade was calculated
  • provide information about the opportunity to take an exam in the autumn series or in summer 2021

We will release the CAG on request to the student (but not the rank).  To access your Centre Assessed Grades (CAG)  you can do so by completing this online form, access will require you to login to your school account: CAG Access Request Form

Arrangements for appeals

The arrangements for awarding qualifications in summer 2020 state:

Candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case.

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:
  1. the centre made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information
  2. an awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade
  • appeal against the centre’s decision
  1. not to seek any information the awarding body holds that would be needed for an appeal; and/or
  2. 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 Piggott School in calculating their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal directly in any respect to the awarding body    

Candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case.  Please complete this form, access will require you to login to your school account: Internal Appeals Form

A copy of the full Summer 2020 Results and Appeals policy can be found here 

Autumn 2020 exam series

Students are reminded that there will be a full series of GCE A, AS and GCSE in all subjects available in autumn 2020 for anyone who is disappointed with their grades or for those, such as private candidates, who were unable to receive a calculated grade this summer. We really are hoping that students will be happy with their outcomes in the summer and that these will enable them to progress to their chosen pathways, but will obviously support students should they make the decision to take any exams in the autumn.  We are awaiting guidance from Ofqual, but if these exams carry an additional cost for schools, the cost of entries will be passed on to students, as we would usually do with exam re-takes.

The timetable will run as follows:

  • GCE AS/A-level examinations start on Monday 5 October and finish on Friday 23 October
  • GCSE examinations start on Monday 2 November and finish on Monday 23 November

Whilst we are awaiting for the exam boards to post further information about the autumn exam series, we have an online entry process for the examinations - click here  for the Autumn 2020 entry form.  To access the form you will need to login to your school account and the form will only be available from the 13th August 2020.

Entry deadlines are as follows:

  • GCE AS/A-level examinations - 24 August
  • GCSE examinations (except English Language and Mathematics) - 7 September
  • GCSE (English Language and Mathematics) – 4 October   

click here  for the Autumn 2020 entry form. 

Entry Fees for Autumn 2020 - please review the exam board for their statement of fees

AQA entry fees

OCR entry fees

Pearson entry fees

Please note, we are awaiting for updates from the exam boards so this detail may be updated.

Questions answered on Exam Procedures

Please take the time to read the documents below.  This is important information regarding examination regulations and procedures.  If you have any questions please contact your Head of Year.

The following links to individual awarding body (exam board) websites provide examinations information and support to students and parents:

www.aqa.org.uk
qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/support-for-you/students.html
www.ocr.org.uk/ocr-for/learners-and-parents
www.jcq.org.uk

Exam Certificates

  • Cannot be posted
  • Must be signed for  
  • Can only be collected after the presentation event, and within a published time frame.

If a student cannot collect personally, a named person may collect on their behalf, provided they bring with them a letter of authorisation hand-signed by the student, and proof of their identity.

Contact Details

For questions relating to examinations, please telephone the school on 0118 940 2357 and ask to speak to the Exams Officer or the relevant Head of Year. Alternatively, send an email to exams@piggottschool.org