Year 11 and Year 13 exam grades

Posted on

20 April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and Students

Re: Year 11 and Year 13 exam grades

We hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well. This is a worrying time for everybody and for Year 11 and 13 students, there is the added concern about exam results and plans for their future. Since the government’s announcement that the summer exams were to be cancelled, Ofqual, the organisation that directs all the exam boards, has published details of how students’ grades will be produced. Their over-riding aim is to be fair to students and to make sure no one is disadvantaged in their progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions.

How will grades be calculated?

BBEC, like all schools, have been asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each subject:

· the grade we believe students were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned

· the order of students within each grade, for each subject. Ofqual will use this information to ensure that grades across the country are fair.

All schools have been asked to consider a range of things like: classwork and homework, results in assignments and any mock exams, any non-exam assessment or coursework students might have completed and general progress during the course. This information will allow Ofqual, with the exam boards, to standardise grades across all schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair across all schools in the country. That means the final grade students receive could be different from the one we send to the exam board. This is the same for all schools across the country.

Do students need to complete any new work for the school to submit a grade?

No, but students should try to continue to complete some work during April and May, particularly in subjects which they are intending to study in September.

Can students see the grades their school submits?

No, this information will be confidential.

When will students get their results?

Exam results days will stay the same – students will be able to come to school to collect their results from 9.00am on the following days:

· Year 13 A level and BTEC: Thursday 13 August

· Year 11 GCSE & BTEC: Thursday 20 August

Can students take their exams at another time?

Ofqual is working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so. We will let you know as soon as we have any more information.

I hope that this information is helpful. The government wants to reassure students and parents that the grades awarded this summer will look exactly the same as in previous years and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers and will help students to move forward with their lives as planned.

I will contact you again should any more information be published. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any more questions. Further information can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/878869/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_EPQ_AEA_in_maths_-_guidance_for_teachers_students_parents_UPDATED_09APR2020.pdf

All at BBEC send you our very best wishes. Take good care of yourselves.

Yours faithfully

Mr R Humphreys

Associate Headteacher