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Exam Guidance

Summer External Exam Timetables 2022

End of Year exams: Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 (June 2022)

Years 7, 8 and 9

We will be suspending the timetable for six days. Students will not attend their normal lessons but will follow the exam timetable attached. They will sit exams in their tutor groups and all year groups will have break and lunch at the same time. The beginning and end of the school day will remain the same. Reports will be posted home in July.

Year 10

Exams will start straight after half term in the Main Hall. We expect students to take these seriously as Parents’ Evening will be on Wednesday 13th July: the focus will be on their current attainment and preparation for their GCSEs in 2023.

Year 12

Exams will take place primarily in the week commencing the 27th of June. Students will be on study leave for the whole week and only come into school for their exams. We expect students to take these seriously as the focus will be on their current attainment and preparation for their A-Levels in 2023. Reports will be posted home in July.

Revision topics and tips

Attached is a sheet of revision topics for all subjects for years 7-10. Year 12 should speak to their subject teachers. If students have any more questions, they should speak to their teachers.

Equipment

Students should bring all of their own equipment including black pens, pencils, ruler, rubber, maths set, calculator, highlighters, and water bottles. Phones must be switched off during exams so I would advise you not to call your child until after 3.15pm as some afternoon exams may overrun. Watches (or any kind) are not allowed and must be handed into the teacher at the start of the exam and will be returned at the end.

Attendance & Punctuality

We expect 100% attendance and punctuality to all exams.

Year 10 and 12: We will be treating these like real exams so if your child cannot attend please email me: a.anum@baconscollege.co.uk and Ms Peppitt a.peppitt@baconscollege.co.uk (for year 10) or Mr Foley j.foley@baconscollege.co.uk for Year 12.

Years 7-9
If your child cannot attend an exam, please email: studentabsence@baconscollege.co.uk or email their Head of Year.

Please encourage your child to start revising and use their Half-term holiday wisely to prepare.

If you have any other questions/queries/need support, please feel free to contact:
1.Your child’s tutor/Head of Year
2.Ms. Vallade – Raising Standards Leader for KS3 (Y7-9), u.vallade@baconscollege.co.uk


 

GCSE and A-level results in 2021: what you need to know


Find out how pupils will receive teacher-assessed grades this summer for GCSEs, AS and A-levels, and vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs).


What’s happening?

  • Exams are cancelled this summer for GCSEs, AS-levels and A-levels, as well as some VTQs.
  • Instead of exams, pupils will receive grades based on assessments by their teachers
  • Teacher-assessed grades will be sent to the exam board to be processed

How will teachers make judgements on grades?

  • They’ll use a range of evidence of pupils’ work, like coursework, practice papers and classwork, to inform their decisions
  • Teachers will let pupils know what evidence they’ll use before submitting grades to the exam board. This is so pupils can confirm it’s their own work, and let teachers know of any mitigating circumstances that might have affected it
  • Teachers will only assess pupils based on what they’ve been taught

How will we know grades are awarded fairly?

  • Our school will have an internal quality assurance process in place that’ll take into consideration our results in previous years. This is to make sure teachers’ judgements aren’t too harsh or lenient
  • Exam boards will also have their own quality assurance process. They’ll check that our internal procedure is fair before they process any grades, and they might also virtually visit our school to review evidence from some subjects
  • We’ll submit a declaration to the exam board confirming that we’ve followed the requirements for our internal quality assurance process

When will we get our results?

  • AS and A-level pupils: Tuesday 10 August
  • GCSE pupils: Thursday 12 August


Can we still appeal?

  • Yes, all pupils will have the right to appeal their grade. Add details of your appeals process here, e.g. if you wish to appeal you should talk to your head of year
  • If you appeal, we’ll carry out a review to make sure we’ve followed all processes correctly and that we haven’t made an error in your grade
  • If we do find an error, we’ll submit your revised grade to the exam board. If the board is satisfied, it’ll issue a revised grade
  • If we don’t believe an error has been made, you can ask us to appeal to the board on your behalf. We’ll share the evidence your teacher used to set your grade, and the board will review it to see if we made the right judgement. If they find the grade we set isn’t reasonable, they’ll provide an alternative grade
  • If you disagree with the school’s or the exam board’s decision, you can refer the issue to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS). The exam board will have the final say unless the EPRS finds that it has made an error

What about vocational and technical qualifications?

 

  • If you’re taking VTQs to progress to further or higher education, you won’t have exams. Your grades will also be awarded based on teachers’ judgements
  • If you’re taking VTQs to go directly into employment, your exams will go ahead if they:
  •          Are needed to show occupational and professional competence
  •          Can be carried out in line with public health measures (if they can’t take place safely, they’ll be delayed)
  • If you want to appeal your results, we can do that on your behalf following the process set out by the individual awarding organisation concerned

Sources
This factsheet was produced by The Key for School Leaders, based on the following sources. All information is correct as of 1 April 2021.


Awarding qualifications in summer 2021, GOV.UK – DfE

Guidance on the determination of grades for A/AS Levels and GCSEs for summer 2021, jcq.org.uk– JCQ


 

If you need any further information about public examinations please contact:

Examinations Office: Ms Burgess k.burgess@baconscollege.co.uk

Assistant Principal: Ms Tamufor a.tamufor@baconscollege.co.uk