2021 Summer Results for Year Eleven Cohort
GCSE Results day will be on Thursday 12th August and we will communicate the plans for collection of results in detail when we are clear of any Covid related restrictions. We can assure you that our Careers Lead and Post-16 progression team will be onsite to support students in person and via the telephone/email.
As you know, Grades this summer are based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). TAGs were submitted to the exam boards by us as a holistic assessment of students’ performance in a subject, following a rigorous process of assessment, moderation and quality assurance. These grades were then approved by the relevant exam board, following external quality assurance checks. Any changes to the grades we submitted were done by professional teachers or reviewers; this year no grades have been changed as a result of an algorithm.
All students have the opportunity to appeal their grade if they meet the eligibility criteria (see below). It is important to note that an appeal may result in a grade being lowered, staying the same, or going up. If a student puts in an appeal and their grade is lowered, they will receive the lower mark. There is also the option to resit GCSEs in the Autumn Term, which may be preferable to some students. The design, content and assessment of these papers will be the same as in a normal year.
The first stage of an appeal is completed by the college itself, and is known as a Centre Review. There are 2 grounds for a Centre Review:
- You think we have made an administrative error: an example of this would be putting the wrong information into a spreadsheet.
- You think we have made a procedural error: this means we haven’t properly followed our own process, as approved by the exam board and shared with you in our Teacher Assessed Grade Policy, available on our Policies page and previously shared with all Year 11 students.
If you want to request a Centre Review please contact our Exams Officer at email@example.com who will share a Centre Review request form with you if needed.
GCSE appeals will be managed at the start of the Autumn Term from August 23 2021, in line with national guidance. The deadline for submitting a centre review for GCSE Qualifications and Vocational Certificates is 3rd September 2021. The college Exams Team will process any centre reviews received between August 23 and September 3.
Following the outcome of a Centre Review, students may still choose to pursue an Awarding Organisation Appeal. If this is the case, they must fill in another form that we can supply upon request, which we will then send on their behalf to the exam boards. Students and parents cannot send appeals directly to the exam board themselves. The grounds for an Awarding Organisation Appeal are:
- You think the academic judgement on the selection of evidence was unreasonable: you think the evidence used to grade you was not reasonable.
- You think the academic judgement on the grade you were given was unreasonable.
‘Unreasonable’ is a technical term in this context and means that no educational professional acting reasonably could have selected the same evidence or come up with the same grade.
This means that just because other forms of evidence may have been equally valid to use, the selection of evidence is not unreasonable. Because of the flexibility of the approach this year, every school and college will have used different forms of evidence.
It also means that the independent reviewers will not remark or grade students’ evidence. Instead, they will look to see whether any teacher acting reasonably could have arrived at the same grade. The deadline for submitting an awarding organisation appeal is 10th September 2021.
Students must read the JCQ Student and Parent guide before appealing, which can be downloaded below. https://www.jcq.org.uk/summer-2021-arrangements/
We may not be able to offer as much advice and guidance on the likely success of an appeal this summer as we would in normal years, as we have already moderated and quality assured all the grades ourselves
General Examination Information
Under the 9-1 GCSE reforms, most subjects now are assessed entirely through final examination at the end of year 11. Practical subjects will have a combination of exam and coursework, and deadlines will be provided by the subject teacher as these are different for each subject.
GCSE examinations normally take place in May and June of year 11. Coursework deadlines, language speaking exams and some practical subjects are assessed earlier.
Students take a full suite of mock exams in June and July of year 10, and December of Year 11. Teachers will use these to assess your progress and plan effective interventions. Core subject mocks take place in the exam halls in full exam conditions allowing you to practise your GCSE examination skills and reduce any uncertainty or anxiety for the real exams.
Additionally, revision and study skill aids are sent home in the Autumn Term; and related sessions are embedded into the tutor and year 10 and 11 modules programme.
Students take part in end of year exams in all subjects from year 7 on. The school use this information to track progress, inform setting and option pathways, and prepare students for external examination.
In year 9, students take mid or end of year (in 2020-21) exams in all subjects in order to develop exam technique, check progress, set for core subjects, and identify candidates for targeted intervention.
In year 10 and 11, students take full exams in all their subjects in preparation for final exams.
All external GCSE examinations are governed by the rules of the Joint Qualifications Council (JCQ) who stipulate the expected conduct of all candidates entered for examinations. It is very important that these regulations are adhered to.
Thomas Estley Community College will expect all pupils to support the smooth running of exams – which, in turn, will result in the optimal performance of all candidates.
You must not:
The consequences for any pupil who breaches exam regulations are serious. Thomas Estley Community College are obliged to report any incidences of malpractice to the relevant awarding body and resulting sanctions could range from disqualification from that exam or unit, to disqualification from all examinations with that particular awarding body.
** Mobile phones can either be handed to the invigilator for safe keeping or must be switched off and kept in your bag. To ensure that alarms/alerts don’t go off, remove the battery. If in doubt – leave your phone at home.
Prior to the main examination period, candidates will receive a statement of entry. It is very important that all details are checked on this. Please check that:
If you have any queries with regards to any of the above it is essential that you speak with the Exams Officer.
In March of each year, candidates will all receive an individual examination handbook which will contain all sorts of important information including an individual candidate timetable. This timetable will inform you of all the dates and times of all the exams you have been entered for and will also tell you where you will be sitting.
Seating arrangements can also be checked on the Exams Notice Board on the main corridor.
You must provide your own equipment. For most exams you will require:
For other examinations (such as Maths and Science) you will also need a compass and a protractor.
Some design technology exams allow the use of coloured pencils for completing diagrams etc. Check what you need with your teacher.
If using a pencil case, this MUST be a transparent one. Exam packs will be available to purchase from the Library throughout the exam season, but please do not try to buy these on the day of your exam, as only limited stock is held.
Calculators must NOT be programmable.
The cost of examination entries is paid by Thomas Estley Community College. However, if you fail to attend an exam without a legitimate reason, the school reserves the right to recover the cost. The only exception is where an examination is missed due to illness. In this case a medical certificate must be obtained from your Doctor and copied to the Exams Officer.
WHAT HAPPENS IF...
I am late for my exams?
- If the exam has not finished you will be allowed to sit the exam. If you are more than an hour late for your exam, the school will have to report this to the Awarding Body who may or may not accept your examination paper for marking. If the exam has finished, then you will be unable to sit the examination paper.
I am feeling unwell?
- If you start to feel unwell during an exam it is important that you inform the Exams Officer or a member of the Invigilation Staff. It may be possible for you to move to a different seat or venue (though this cannot be guaranteed). If you are able to get a note from your doctor to confirm that you have been unwell during the exam, it will be possible to apply for special consideration for you.
If am too ill to take an exam?
- You must contact the Exams Officer on 01455 283263 to inform of your absence. To apply for special consideration for that exam, we will need a doctor’s certificate.
GCSE results are available on the 3rd Thursday in August each year. Results can only be issued to the pupil. If you wish to collect results on behalf of someone else, then that pupil must sign a note to indicate that they give permission for the issue of their results.
If you wish your results to be posted, then you must provide the Exams Officer with a stamped addressed envelope before results day.
ENQUIRIES ABOUT RESULTS
What do I do if I am not happy with my results?
Firstly, we advise that you discuss your marks with your class teacher. It is possible to have marks reviewed in a number of ways, but it is important to consider that marks can go down as well as up. If you are very close to the grade boundary it may not be advisable to proceed with a review of marking.
Before the Exams Officer can process a request for a review of marking, you must sign a permission form.
If you have any questions regarding any of the examinations process at Thomas Estley Community College School, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Knott, the Exams Officer, on 01455 283263.