Examination Information

Summer 2021

How GCSEs, AS and A-Levels will be awarded in Summer 2021

Download How GCSEs, AS and A Levels will be awarded in Summer 2021

Student Guide to Awarding: Summer 2021 (www.gov.uk)

Ofqual has published an easy-to-use ‘Student guide to awarding: summer 2021’ – which is written for students studying GCSEs, AS, A-levels, vocational, technical and other general qualifications.  This guide complements the materials that Ofqual has already published for teachers.

It also contains important advice on where students in England and their families can go for more information and support, including with mental health concerns.

The new guide also outlines how students can appeal if they believe a grade is wrong. For most qualifications, students will have the option of sitting exams this autumn to improve their summer grade.

Student Declaration 2020-21

Centre Policy for determining teacher assessed grades in Summer 2021

Summer 2022

Ofqual open consultation for arrangements for non-exam assessment for qualifications in 2022

Ofqual are consulting on the arrangements for non-exam assessment (NEA) and fieldwork activities in some GCSE, AS and A level subjects that will be undertaken by students taking exams in summer 2022. 

Ofqual are seeking views on their proposal to carry forward changes agreed for summer 2021 for some subjects, to take account of any public health restrictions relating to COVID-19 that might be in place during the next academic year.

This consultation covers:

  • non-exam assessments in dance, design and technology, drama (and theatre), film studies, food preparation and nutrition, media studies, music, music technology, and physical education (PE)

  • fieldwork activities in geography, geology and environmental science

  • assessment of speaking skills in GCSE modern foreign languages (MFL)

  • assessment of spoken language in GCSE English language

The consultation closes at 11:45pm on Friday 28 May.

Important Notes for Students

Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 Internal Mock Exams (June 2021)

Letter to Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 Students

Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 Timetable 

Year 10 Internal Mock Exams (June 2021)

Letter to Year 10 Students

Year 10 Examinations Timetable 

Year 12 Internal Mock Exams (June 2021) 

Letter to Year 12 Students

Year 12 Examinations Timetable

Year 11 Tests 

Dear Parents and Carers

As you know, the traditional end of GCSE examinations or ‘exams’, that are set and marked by an exam board have been cancelled this year and have been replaced by ‘tests’ that will be set by the school (who may use papers supplied by exam boards), take place during lesson time in classrooms and marked and moderated by teachers within school. 

The tests will still be rigorous and will contribute towards the final GCSE grade but they will form only part of the final grade; the rest of the grade will be determined by any coursework or practical work that has been done and a portfolio of evidence that is likely to take the form of other assessed work that your child has done or is about to do over the next couple of months. 

Please note, all tests are on the schedule and your child will not be sitting a test in all of the subjects on the schedule (only those that they have been studying). If your child is absent for any of the tests, we will arrange for them to sit any missed tests once they are back in school.

Kind regards

A V Boustead
Vice Principal 

Student Information:

  • Revision will be key to reaching your best possible grade.
  • Subject teachers will be sharing revision resources and ideas.

Three general suggestions would be to use:

Summer Exam Results Days 2021: 

A Level Results: Tuesday 10 August 2021 (between 8.30am and 12.00noon)

In the Great Hall in the Sixth Form Centre. If you are unable to come in on 10 August, please leave a stamped addressed envelope at the school office by the end of the summer term for your exam results to be sent by post.  

A Level Results Day Procedures

GCSE Results: Thursday 12 August 2021  (between 9.00am and 12.00noon)

In the Great Hall in the Sixth Form Centre.  If you are unable to come in on Thursday 12 August, please leave a stamped addressed envelope at the school office by the end of the summer term for your exam results to be sent by post.  

GCSE Results Day Procedures and Sixth Form Enrolment

If you are unable to come on the day and would like your results emailing to you, please complete the application form and email your request to anne.harvey@whgs-academy.org.

Functional Skills (English) Results:

Both Year 9 and Year 10 results will be mailed home on Tuesday 10 August 2021.  Please avoid calling into school.

What to do if you are not happy with your results

General Qualifications - Summer 2021

Student Guide to Awarding: Summer 2021 (www.gov.uk)

Ofqual has published an easy-to-use ‘Student guide to awarding: summer 2021’ – which is written for students studying GCSEs, AS, A-levels, vocational, technical and other general qualifications.  This guide complements the materials that Ofqual has already published for teachers.

It also contains important advice on where students in England and their families can go for more information and support, including with mental health concerns.

The new guide also outlines how students can appeal if they believe a grade is wrong. For most qualifications, students will have the option of sitting exams this autumn to improve their summer grade.

Useful Information for Student about Results

Ofqual Guidance - Your Results, What Next?

AQA   OCR   Pearson   Educas

Appeal Arrangements for A Levels and GCSEs

To be confirmed. Further details to follow from the Exam Boards/Ofqual/JCQ.

Exam and Assessment Results

Key Stage 4 - 2020  Key Stage 5 - 2020

Key Stage 4 - 2019  Key Stage 5 - 2019

Key Stage 4 - 2018  Key Stage 5 - 2018

Key Stage 4 - 2017  Key Stage 5 - 2017

Department of Education Performance Tables

The Grading System 

Old A* - G Grades

New 9 – 1 Grades

BTEC Level Grades

Top of A*

9

 

A*

8

Distinction

A

7

 

B

6

Merit

Top of C

5

 

C

4

Pass

D

3

 

E

2

 

F / G

1

 

U

0

U

Usual post-results services are not available for summer 2021 series.

The exam boards have suspended their usual post-results services for the summer 2021 exams series as exams did not take place. 

Post-results services do not apply to teacher-assessed grades.
 

Collection of Certificates

Following the summer exams, certificates will be available for collection from the school School Reception from November between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm

Certificates belong to the student and, therefore, cannot be issued to any other individual without a signed letter of authorisation from the student and identification of the person collecting. 

Certificates can be sent via the post. As per exam regulations, the certificates will have to be sent by Recorded Delivery. There is a fee of £3.50 to cover this service. 

It is extremely important exam certificates are collected and kept secure as they are required for Higher Education and workplaces often request them. 

  • Summer Exams - certificates available for collection in November. 
  • November Exams - certificates available for collection in February.

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