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GCSE examination awards information – August 2020

GCSE examination awards information – August 2020

As you may be aware, the school has been working together with exam boards to ensure that Year 11 students receive their GCSE grades in August.  Please find below important information for yourselves and your child regarding how students will be notified of their grades, together with an explanation of the processes leading up to and after grades are published.

Results’ day

As you will be aware, GCSE results will be published on Thursday 20th August 2020.  This year, your child will receive their results in two ways: via their Frederick Gent School student email on the day and subsequently by post.  Your child can access their school email in the following way:

  • Visit www.rmunify.com
  • Log-in using student username and password (username will be email address)
  • Choose mail

As it may have been a while since your child accessed this, please make sure that they have attempted to log-in to their account by Friday 10th July.  If in doing this, your child experiences any issues or difficulties in logging-in, please contact the school immediately, so that any issues can be resolved ahead of the end of term on Friday 17th July.  In addition, as your child’s results will also be sent via post, it is vital that you have notified school of any change of address, also ahead of this date.

Please note, any issues or changes not reported before this date may result in a delay in your child receiving their exam results in August.  

How grades will be awarded

For all subjects, schools have been asked to send information to exam boards, comprising of estimated grades that they believed students were most likely to achieve if teaching, learning and exams had continued.  In addition, teachers were also asked to rank order students by performance within each grade boundary.  Once submitted, Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) and the exam boards will standardise grades across all schools based upon a statistical model and formula that they have devised.  It is possible, therefore, that the final published grade may be different from that which was submitted by the school to the exam board.  

Appeals

For this year’s GCSE examination grades, appeals will only be able to be made by the school and not by the student themselves.  Appeals will only be considered if the school believes that there has been a technical mistake in the submission of data or if discrimination, based on protected characteristics, is suspected. We await further clarity on how exactly this appeals process will operate and will update you when we know more.

Taking exams

As part of the exceptional arrangements this year the DfE and Ofqual have stated that students who feel that their awarded grades do not reflect their ability, will have the opportunity to take their exams in the Autumn 2020 or Summer 2021 series.  These students will be able to use the higher of the two awarded grades (estimated and actual exam grade) for future progression.  We also await greater clarity on exactly how this process will run.       

School exam result support

The school is able to release results from 8am on Thursday 20th August and will, as previously stated, do so via email. Following publication of results, some children and parents may wish to speak to a member of staff regarding a query or issue. Each tutor group has been allocated a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team who will be on hand, hopefully along with their Form Tutor, to discuss any concerns or queries. Each child will be allocated a virtual meeting slot of 10 minutes to talk to these staff via Zoom on the results day itself. If greater time is needed to resolve issues or to support your child the initial meeting will be used to arrange a follow up meeting on Friday 21st August, this will be in school. The table below indicates the staff we hope will be allocated to each tutor group. The timings for each child will be shared by Ms Mahmood and the Year 11 team over the upcoming weeks.

Tutor group Form Tutor SLT member of staff
11F D Fox Z Chambers
11R J Buxton R Skelton
11E A Scruton C Woollard
11G A Trowsdale A Bolton
11N A Amraoui S Gascoigne
11T D Smith M Bradshaw

 

Parents and children wishing to discuss an issue with staff will need to confirm that they want a virtual meeting by contacting school between 8am-9.45am on Thursday 20th August. This should be done by telephone or via email using office@fgs.derbyshire.sch.uk. Once this has been done your child be contacted by staff with an invite to a Zoom conference via email.

We hope that you find this information useful and would advise parents and carers to keep this letter in a safe place, so that information is at hand, nearer the time of the results day.  Furthermore, over the next three weeks, the Year 11 Tutor Team will be attempting to contact all parents/children to ensure that this information has been received and to answer any immediate queries that you may have.

 

Yours sincerely

Mr C Woollard

Headteacher

 

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