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Exam Information

Exam Information - Summer 2020

Student guide to qualifications results: summer 2020 (click to view)

How will your grades be calculated? 

As a result of the government's decision to cancel exams, we have been asked to provide the exam boards with:

  • ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for all subjects that you were entered for, based on the available evidence and what your teachers felt you most likely would have achieved, if you had sat an examination this year.
  • A ‘rank order’ of all learners within each grade for the subject, based on what your teachers felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances.

Your teachers will have based their decisions on a range of evidence, including any work you may have completed in class, coursework, any prior exam or mock results, and your general performance during the course. The grades submitted to the exam boards were agreed by the centre following an internal quality assurance process involving subject teachers, Heads of Department and Senior Leadership staff and are not the sole responsibility of any individual teacher. Information that was submitted to the exam boards was checked by two members of the Exams team and signed off by the Head teacher. 

Exam boards have put these grades through a standardisation process, using a statistical model developed by Ofqual. This ensures fairness and consistency, by ensuring the same grading standards are applied for all schools and colleges and that grades remain comparable from one year to the next. If grading judgements in some schools and colleges appear to be more generous or severe than others, individual grades may be adjusted up or down to reflect that.

Ofqual, the qualifications regulator who designed the statistical model, have created an infographic to help explain the process that all awarding organisations will be using this year.

OFQUAL: Student guide to qualifications results: summer 2020

When will you find out your results? 

  • Thursday 13 August 2020 – AS/A-levels & Level 3 qualifications
  • Thursday 20 August 2020 – GCSE & Level 1/2 qualifications

Arrangements for results days 

Although this year’s A-Level and GCSE Results Days will happen on the planned days, current guidance still states that large gatherings are not permitted and therefore it has been necessary to make alternative arrangements this year so that students do not come onto the school site to collect results.

Results will be emailed to students by 10:00 a.m. on the above days. They will go to your school email address, so please ensure that you know your password to your account. It is important that you try your email over the next fortnight and contact the school if you are unsure of any details, including passwords in order for us to resolve it prior to August.

Results will then be emailed to parents/carers from 2:00 p.m. on the above days. We will use the emails that we have on our system, so please inform us if these have changed. If you have any queries over the release of your results, please contact the school.

Concerns about your results

On Results Day, if you would like to speak to a member of staff about your results or would like some advice and guidance on your next steps, please email:

Post 16: gemma.shafto@abbeywoodschool.com

Year 10 & 11: data@abbeywoodschool.com

Give your full name, a contact phone number, and brief outline of your query. This will need to be before 1pm.

We will email you with an allocated time to either receive a phone call or invite you in to school for a meeting to discuss further, either in the afternoon of the Thursday or on the Friday. 

At results time, Ofqual will be providing information that sets out how grades were calculated this year and the options available, including access to appeal. The National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline offers advice each year for students who have not received the results they had hoped for. Ofqual will also make a helpline available to students and their parents or carers to talk about the appeals process and any other questions they may have about their results this summer.

Awarding bodies will also be likely to provide information for students about results. Abbeywood Community School will signpost you to any relevant information at results time.

Arrangements for appeals

Students who feel that their results do not reflect their ability will have the opportunity to take their exam in the autumn (further details are below)

Candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case.

A candidate can:

  • ask their centre to appeal on their behalf to an awarding body if there is evidence that leads a candidate to believe:
  • the centre made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information
  • an awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade
  • appeal against the centre’s decision
  • not to seek any information the awarding body holds that would be needed for an appeal; and/or
  • not to appeal to the awarding body 

A candidate cannot:

  • appeal against their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal in respect of the process or procedure used by Abbeywood Community School in calculating their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal directly in any respect to the awarding body    

Full details of our Summer 2020 Results and Appeals policy can be found here 

In light of the above, if you have a concern about a grade you have been awarded, you can email data@abbeywoodschool.com to:

  • ask us to check whether an error was made when submitting your centre assessment grade and rank order to the awarding body
  • ask us to seek any information the awarding body holds in relation to how your final grade was calculated and whether the awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade
  • ask us to raise a complaint with the Head teacher if you feel you have evidence of bias or that you were discriminated against; you could also pass such evidence on to the awarding body who could investigate for potential malpractice

The deadline for appeals will be Wednesday 2 September. Please note there may be a fee for any appeal request submitted to an exam board – we will update this information when it is released.

Centre Assessed Grade (CAG) Requests

Students can request their Centre Assessed Grade (CAG).  The CAG is the grade that the centre sent to the Awarding Organisation, which may be different from the grade awarded to the student following the statistical moderation process.

CAGs are disclosed to the student making the request only.  The student must give written consent before the school can release their CAG to any third party, including parents and carers.

If you would like to see your Centre Assessed Grade please complete the online CAG request form as soon as possible.

Autumn 2020 exam series

If you feel your grade does not reflect how you would have performed in the exams then you have the opportunity to sit the exams in the replacement Autumn series. These exams will be the same as they would have been in the summer in terms of number of papers and length of exams but there is no Non-Examined Assessment (coursework) component, except for Art & Design.

The timetable will run as follows:

  • GCE AS/A-level examinations start on Monday 5 October and finish on Friday 23 October
  • GCSE examinations start on Monday 2 November and finish on Monday 23 November

The deadlines for entry are:

  • GCE AS & A-level – 4 September
  • GCSE (except English Language and Mathematics) – 18 September
  • GCSE (English Language and Mathematics) – 4 October

Should any student be considering the possibility of taking an examination in one or more of their subjects, it will be important to be sure that this is the right decision for them, and that adequate time is allocated for independent revision and study. Whilst no timetabled lessons will be available for students preparing to resit exams, Abbeywood will provide advice and guidance for students during the autumn term where possible. 

We are currently awaiting guidance from Ofqual and the individual exam boards regarding any requirement to pay an entry fee for taking an exam in the autumn.  This information will be updated when we receive it. 

Please note:

  • We are only required to provide exams for those candidates entered before the published entry deadline- we cannot accept any late entries.
  • Exams will be available in all subjects, however English Language and Maths will only be available for those students enrolled at Abbeywood Post 16. The DfE provides funding for students who have left Abbeywood to take these exams at their new education provider.

We are currently awaiting guidance from Ofqual and the individual exam boards regarding any requirement to pay an entry fee for taking an exam in the autumn.  This information will be updated when we receive it.  

Other useful exam information

Please take the time to read the exam policies below.  This is important information regarding examination regulations and procedures.

Other websites you may find useful are:

JCQ (for rules and regulations) www.jcq.org.uk

Exam boards:

AQA www.aqa.org.uk Edexcel https://www.pearson.com/uk/

OCR https://www.ocr.org.uk/ WJEC www.wjec.co.uk

Exam Certificates

  • Certificates will be issued to candidates at the Prize Evening, details of which will be shared by the end of September 2020

If a student cannot collect personally, a named person may collect on their behalf, provided we have received written authority from the student giving their permission, and proof of their identity.

Contact Details

For questions relating to examinations, please contact the Exams Team on 01454 862859. Alternatively, send an email to exams@abbeywoodschool.com

Summer-2020-results-and-Appeals-process document

Olympus Academy Trust letter - examinations, exam results and re-sits in autumn 2020

Examination Results letter August 2020