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Exams

Full details of public and internal examinations can be found in this section of the website.

Coronavirus – The public examinations for Summer 2020 have been cancelled following school closures due to Covid-19. The government has announced details of how grades will be awarded this summer.

Here are the main points:

  • Regulators will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with us and the other exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students.
  • Exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
  • To produce this, teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. Clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges soon.
  • Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
  • Regulators and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising the approach, to ensure that it’s as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.
  • The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.
  • These grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years.
  • We’ll also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students aren’t disadvantaged.
  • Students will be able to appeal their grades if they don’t believe the right process has been followed.
  • There will also be an option to sit exams early in the next academic year for any students who wish to – and students can also choose to sit exams next summer.


Please see a summary diagram in the link below:-

Exam grading procedure

How will my exams be awarded this summer?

Ofqual – Summer 2020 Grades: Guidance for teachers, students, parents & carers

You may find the following links useful:-

Ofqual

Department for Education

GOV UK

Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

Pearson (Edexcel)

BTEC, Work-Based learning & Functional Skills update

AQA

OCR

WJEC

UCAS

Universities UK

 

For specific enquiries please contact our Senior Examinations Officer Carly Adams on 01277 238 350 or Deputy Examinations Officer Clare Bates on 01277 238 321 or via email at exams@st-martins.essex.sch.uk

Boards and Codes 

Forms 

JCQ Information for Candidates 

Non- Examination Assessments ( NEAs) 

Results 

Results Days 2020 

  • Summer 2020 A Level Results = Thursday 13th August 2020 (North Hall at 8am - 9am)
  • Summer 2020 GCSE Results = Thursday 20th August 2020 (North Hall at 8am - 9am)

Outside of these hours, Exam Results will be available from the Exams Office situated in the North building.  We cannot give results out over the telephone or by e-mail.  If you would like somebody to collect your results on your behalf, please provide the Exams Office with written authorisation in advance.

Review of Results  

Summer 2020:- The standard post-results services such as Access to Scripts, review of results and reviews of moderation will not apply.

Service 1 (clerical re-check)

This service constitutes a re-check of all clerical procedures, which lead to the issue of a result.  This service may be considered when anomalous results have been issued for one candidate, compared to the rest of the cohort.

The awarding bodies will ensure that all parts of the script have been marked and that the totalling and recording of marks is correct.

Candidates’ grades/uniform mark score (UMS) can go up or down.  The examination boards aim to complete the enquiry within 20 days of receiving the request.

Service 2 (review of marking)

This is a post-results review of the original marking to ensure that the agreed mark scheme has been applied correctly.  It is not a re-marking of the candidate’s script.

The awarding body will have trained its reviewers to conduct reviews of marking accurately and consistently.  Reviewers will not re-mark the script.

This service will include a clerical re-check detailed in Service 1 and a review of marking as described above.

Candidates’ grades/uniform mark score (UMS) can go up or down.  The examination boards aim to complete the enquiry within 30 days of acknowledging the request.

Priority Service 2 (review of marking)

This is a priority review of marking, the enquiry must relate to a GCE and where a candidate’s place in further/higher education depends on the outcome.

All applications not meeting the above criteria will be treated as normal Service 2 requests.

Candidates’ grades/uniform mark score (UMS) can go up or down.  The examination boards aim to complete the enquiry within 18 days of receiving the request.

Access to Scripts (ATS)

Components excluded from this ATS service have a report service.  Components may be excluded due to their ephemeral nature or due to other special characteristics.

Coursework

Coursework, practical’s and NEAs cannot be reviewed. 

Refunds

Refunds will only be issued if a re-mark leads to the change of an overall subject grade, not the unit.

Replacement Certificates 

Many employers & universities are insisting on seeing actual certificates for your qualifications.

If you have lost your certificates, you will need to complete an application form for each exam board and pay them directly. Each form will outline the cost involved but it is usually around £50 per certificate.

An alternative is to request a certified statement of results, but employers and/or universities may not be willing to accept them, so it is advisable to check first.

To apply for a replacement certificate or certified statement of results, simply visit the below web pages, depending on which exam board the subject was with, and follow their instructions for requesting replacement certificates.

AQA - https://www.aqa.org.uk/contact-us/past-results-and-lost-certificates

Edexcel - http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/Services/replacement-certificates.html

OCR -  http://www.ocr.org.uk/ocr-for/learners-and-parents/lost-or-incorrect-certificates/ 

Student and Parent Guidance 

Timetables