GCSE and A level Exam Qualifications for Summer 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,

We hope this letter finds you well. We wanted to make contact following the most recent Government announcements regarding the GCSE and A level exams qualifications for summer 2021. We understand that there will be heightened levels of anxiety for Year 11 and 13 students due to the uncertainty around exams and qualifications in the summer.

The following key points have been confirmed by the Government on Thursday 25th February:

  • Teacher assessments will be used to issue grades with no formal exams to be sat. These will be based on a range of evidence collated over the duration of the course and they will be quality assured for consistency and fairness.
  • Exam boards will provide schools with optional 'mini exams'/assessment materials that we can use in subjects to provide evidence. Alongside the mocks, coursework and other assessments that have already been completed, this will form the judgement on grading.
  • There will be a full autumn series of exams that students can sit if they wish to improve their result.
  • Results days are slightly earlier than normal with A levels on Tuesday 10th August and GCSE on Thursday 12th August.
  • There will be an appeals process, although details of this are yet to be shared. In the first instance this will involve contacting us as the exam centre to check and confirm and queries around results/grades.

For more information please use this link here to the Government guidance document.

So what does this mean for Year 11 and 13 students returning from the 8th March?

When we return to school we will need all students to continue to complete work and cover course content in subjects so that there is a sufficient coverage of the curriculum, as well as completing the opportunities for us to assess knowledge and understanding as we would normally at the end of the course. Subjects may choose to include the additional exam board papers that students will complete in class, as well as other assessment opportunities to provide evidence of current performance.

Students will need to complete the remote learning between now and the 8th March so that the return to the classroom is as easy and smooth as possible, although we appreciate for some this is not easy. Students should continue to complete work as this also includes transferrable skills and relevant knowledge linked to the next stage of their education post 16 or after sixth form.

On their return to school, students will need to be motivated and work hard in lessons. We do understand that for some it students it will be difficult to come back and there will be a mixture of feelings. However these announcements provide students with an opportunity to show us what they are capable of by trying their very best and completing all the work to their highest standard. We will require a wide range of evidence when generating grades, of which we already have a great deal, so the work we will set still has a very strong purpose. We realise that this is a really challenging time for our Y11 and Y13 students and we can only reassure you that we will be working hard on the students and your behalf to ensure that outcomes are fair so that all students get what they deserve.

We look forward to welcoming students back in a couple of weeks and we will keep you informed as the process and details are shared and become clearer. Thanks for your ongoing support.

Take care,

Mr Utting