LAST UPDATED: 19 AUGUST 2020
It is a complicated time to be Year 11 or Year 13 student, with many of the normal steps now looking very different. Here we have tried to pull together information on everything regarding results, exams and support that you might need at this stage. However, government guidance is rapidly changing and some specifics are still not known so this page will be regularly updated to reflect any additional information we may have.
It is important to remember that teachers know their students well and centres are able to assess grades with a high degree of accuracy. The grades and rank order we submitted to the exam boards were agreed by following an internal quality assurance process and are not the sole responsibility of any individual teacher.
Due to recent changes in government policy, students will now keep the highest of the grade calculated by exam boards and the centre assessed grade. This was the fairest possible approach available under extreme circumstances. Most importantly, this process will still allow pupils to progress to the next stage of their lives in the normal way.
Below are a series of documents, produced by Ofqual and the DfE, to help explain the process to students and parents:
- Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers: Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths
- Student guide to appeals and malpractice or maladministration complaints
- Student guide to post-16 qualifications results
- Letter to students – summer 2020 grading
- Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers: Summer 2020 results for vocational, technical and other qualifications
- A-level and Level 3 Qualifications: Thursday 13 August
- GCSE and Level 2 Qualifications: Thursday 20 August
This year will be done virtually for both Year 11 and Year 13. This is to minimise the risk of viral contamination which could result from bringing large numbers of people together.
Students will have their awarded grades sent to their school email accounts for 9.00am on Thursday 13 August for Year 13 and Thursday 20 August for Year 11. A paper statement of results will also be posted to the student’s home address, but that will arrive in the days following.
If your son/daughter needs the password to their school email account to be reset then please email our Network Manager, Mr Wilsdon (firstname.lastname@example.org), including the student’s full name and form group.
ENTRY TO SIXTH FORM
We will be sending out emails on Thursday morning, shortly following results, to confirm the results of applications to the sixth form. Please wait to see this email before contacting the school to ask.
We will continue to provide post-results support for those students who need further support or advice, but this will now operate using a call list. We ask that, if you would like to discuss next steps with either our Head of Sixth Form or Careers Advisor, you contact reception on 01993 823303 and leave brief details with our office staff. The relevant person will then call you back as soon as they become available. Similarly, if you have any questions about your results or would like to speak to a member of staff, please do the same.
For Year 11 students, we will also provide the option of face-to-face meetings with Ms Denny, Head of Sixth Form, if entry to the Sixth Form needs to be discussed. Please do phone Reception to arrange a time if this is required. We would also request that any questions related to changing A-level choices be done via email to Ms Denny (email@example.com), as these are not urgent, and changes can still be made on return in September.
Please note that we are bound by confidentiality regarding the process and outcome of the centre assessed grades we submitted. Before results day we will be circulating documents to help with the most common questions, but if you would still like more information then we have set up a dedicated email account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The National Careers Service has also set an exam results helpline during August 2020. Young people or their parents can contact the helpline on 0800 100 900 to speak to a professionally qualified careers adviser if they need advice on their next steps. The helpline will be open from 8am to 10pm from Thursday 13 August until Friday 28 August. After these dates, young people will be able to access ongoing support from the National Careers Service at any time by calling 0800 100 900, visiting nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/contact-us or searching for the National Careers Service on Facebook and Twitter.
Dissatisfaction with the grades issued by exam boards does not constitute grounds for appeal, unless there is evidence that there has been an administrative error by the centre or the board – this applies to both student and school appeals.
Students can complain to the centre about the process, for example if they believe they have suffered from discrimination due to one of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Please see our complaints policy which can be used for this. Students can also raise issues directly with the relevant exam board if they wish.
There will be an opportunity for students who are not satisfied with their grades to sit exams in the autumn term.
- A level exams 5-23 October 2020 (Deadline for entries: 2 September 2020)
- GCSE exams 2-23 November 2020 (Deadline for entries: 16 September 2020)
You may be aware that an autumn series of exams has been scheduled for students who would like an opportunity to improve on their awarded grades. These exams will be available for all GCSE and A level subjects, but vocational qualifications, such as BTECs and Cambridge Nationals, are still to decide.
To enter for exams in the autumn series, students should complete an Exam Entry Request Form. Fees will be charged by the exam boards as normal for entries, but the school will cover these costs using the rebate we received from the summer entries. Therefore, entries will be free for students.
REQUESTING CENTRE ASSESSED GRADES
This process is no longer necessary as students are now being awarded their centre assessed grades. It has therefore been withdrawn.
Mr D Pullin – AHT: Curriculum & Standards
19 August 2020
A-level Results 2020
We wish to congratulate all of our Year 13 students on their A-level and vocational results today. In these unprecedented times, we are delighted that almost 90% of our Year 13 students will be starting the next stage of their educational journey at the university of their choice.
In addition, we have a number of students starting exciting apprenticeships, including one who has secured a degree level apprenticeship in IT.
We are extremely proud of all our students who have shown great resilience and fortitude in the light of the current exceptional circumstances and challenging media coverage. They have been a hardworking cohort since the beginning of Year 12 and we know that they will go on to be successful individuals in their life beyond Burford.
Isaac Soul – The University of Cambridge studying History
Hannah Adhana – Manchester University studying Social Anthropology
Charlie Clarke – The University of Cardiff studying International Relations and Politics
Rebecca Davies – Exeter University studying Natural Sciences
Georgia Duff – Edinburgh University studying Biomedical sciences
Esme Fisher – The University of Birmingham studying Law with Criminology
Charlie Hunt – UCFB studying Sports Business and Broadcasting
Moya Ndiaye – Manchester University studying Architecture
Yamini Sundarka – Edinburgh University studying Physics
Matthew Waite – Loughborough University studying Civil Engineering
Toby West – Warwick University studying Engineering