Summer 2020 Update
In March, the Education Secretary announced that schools would close and this Summer’s examinations for GCSEs, AS and A-levels in England would be cancelled to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Ofqual have today, 3rd April, issued guidance as to how this process will work. Their letter to students can be found here and there is also a more detailed advice document for students, parents and teachers here. Miss Mountfield has written to all Year 11 and Year 13 students and their parents. Her letter can be found in the Recent Mailings page.
There are still finer details to be worked out by the exam boards and so there will undoubtedly be questions that cannot be answered yet.
Here are some common queries:
Will I get a grade?
The Education Secretary has instructed Ofqual, the exams regulator, to implement a process to ensure that all students receive an appropriate grade in lieu of exams. The grades awarded will be indistinguishable from grades awarded to students in previous or future years (9-1, A*-E, D*-P etc).
Will there be exams this Summer?
Can I get rid of any of my work?
No. You should hold onto work because in the event of Ofqual awarding a grade that you are not happy with, your best course of action may be to sit an examination in Autumn 2020 or Summer 2021.
How will the grades be decided?
Schools will be asked to provide a grade for each student in each subject alongside a ranking of students within the grade bands. The exam boards will then perform an additional process to award a final grade to ensure fairness across all schools.
Can I influence my grade? - I have improved since my assessment in January.
No. The school has a large amount of information about your work throughout your GCSE /sixth form course, your recent assessments and your subsequent work. Your assessments (mocks) will not be the only factor influencing your grade. Schools are not allowed to accept additional work at this stage.
Will I be told the grade the school has submitted?
No. Schools have been instructed that they are not to release these grades to students.
When can I collect my results?
The national KS5 (A-level) and KS4 (GCSE) results days have not been confirmed, however, Ofqual, the exam regulator, hope that results will be available by the end of July 2020.
Once we know the dates, we will email students and parents to confirm the arrangements.
What if I am not happy with my grade?
The full details are yet to be confirmed, but Ofqual have confirmed there will be an appeal process available to students once results are released.
There will also be an opportunity to take exams in some or all of your subjects during the Autumn term (2020) or Summer exam season (2021) if you are unhappy with your grade. Again, we are waiting for exact details of what will be on offer and when.
Will my university application be affected?
The universities are aware of the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and are working with UCAS to ensure that students are not adversely affected.