I am writing to you to let you know what will be happening on your upcoming Results day, which is on Thursday 20th August.
As you will know, your teachers have used all of the evidence at their disposal to award you a grade, which was then sent off to the exam boards. Exam boards are now carrying out a range of statistical tests to see whether they agree with the grades that have been awarded. We hope that these grades remain as originally awarded by your teachers. However, the exam boards have the power to increase or decrease the grade if they believe it is necessary to do so.
Questions that you may have therefore are:
Will I get to see what grade the teachers awarded me?
Yes. Inside of your envelope there will be a BLUE piece of paper with the grades that your teachers awarded you. The official grades from the Exam boards will be on WHITE paper. This will enable you to see if the teacher grades have been maintained.
Can I appeal if I feel that the grade is wrong?
No. The Department for Education and OFQUAL have stated that schools can appeal if they believe that there has been a mistake or if the school believes that changes to teachers grades were unfairly applied due to errors in exam boards calculations. However, the Department for Education have said that there will not be any appeal process for students who disagree with the grades awarded by teachers.
If the grade my teacher awarded me is lowered by the exam board, will this prevent me from accessing a course in the Trinity Sixth Form?
Not necessarily. For courses that have a specific requirement – i.e. requiring a grade 6 in Science to do an A level in Science – as long as your teachers awarded you a grade 6, even if it has been decreased by the exam board, we will count the teacher’s grade 6, which will allow you onto the course. If both the official grade and the teacher’s grade was lower than a 6, then obviously this would prevent you from accessing the course. We cannot comment on what other institutions will do – however we are supplying you with the teacher grades in case you need them.
Will I be able to “resit” the qualification?
Yes. Examinations will be available in October/November for students who wish to try and improve their grade. However, please be warned that coursework elements are removed from these grades which means it will all come down to the examination that is sat in the October/November sitting. It would require you to revise for this subject intensively leading up to this exam and you should consider carefully the implications this would have on your workload as you start new courses next academic year. If you feel that you require a “resit” you must e-mail Miss Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
How do I collect my Exam results?
In order for us to comply with social distancing rules, it is necessary that you adhere to the following times for collection of your results. If you arrive outside of your designated time, you will not be allowed into school.
Forms S and O – 9:30-10:30AM
Forms T and H – 10:30-11:30AM
Forms J and N – 11:30AM-12:30PM
Again, I must stress that you must only come to school during your form’s designated time slot for everybody’s safety. We understand that you may want to bring somebody with you but we please ask that you only do this if necessary and that you limit this to one person extra only.
You will go to the main hall to collect your results’ envelope. Upon arrival you will be expected to use the hand sanitiser provided and adhere to the social distancing rules imposed by the Government. Upon collection of results, you will need to leave school as soon as reasonably possible. If you need to discuss anything further with any member of staff regarding results, Trinity enrolment or your next steps, you will be directed to the library in order to do this where you will again be expected to sanitise hands upon entry.
Results day is also the day that you can enrol to our Trinity Sixth Form. Mrs Hebden, Mr Stevens and Mr Wakefield, along with other staff members, will be on hand during this day to assist with this. You will have a letter in your results envelope if you have applied to Trinity and should take it to one of the staff mentioned to carry out the enrolment process.
If you are expecting an A-Level grade this summer, results day for this is 13th August. You must arrive at school between 9:00 and 11:30AM on that day in order to collect these results. If you do not come to collect your results on this day, then I will put them with your GCSE results so you can collect them together.
If you have any issues with attending on results day, please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
I want to wish you all the best of luck for Results day but also for your future.
Mr M Stevens