Exams & Curriculum Data Information
Public exams can be a stressful time for students and parents/carers and it is important that all those involved are as well informed as possible. The school will make every effort to ensure that our students receive the best possible preparation for their exams and that the administrative arrangements run smoothly to help our students achieve their best.
The NHS have issued some helpful information on helping your child cope with exam stress, click here to view.
We have included some useful information together with the official Exam Board notices below that you can download. Please don’t hesitate to contact us during school hours if you have any queries.
The curriculum data team are responsible for managing the tracking reports that students receive three times a school year. In years 7 – 11 reports will be given out to students in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms (excluding Yr 11 from the summer who receive their final report late spring).
Exams & Curriculum Data Office number: 01235 544843
Exams Manager: Clare Harding – Email C.harding@Larkmead.oxon.sch.uk
Curriculum Data Manager: Ceri Green Email C.Green@Larkmead.oxon.sch.uk
2021 Grades: How the school is awarding grades
As described in a ParentMail sent home on 18th March, students will be awarded grades based on assessment by their teachers. This evidence may include one or more of:
- student work in response to assessment tasks set in class during Term 5
- non-exam assessment (NEA) work (often referred to as coursework), whether fully or partially completed
- other student work already completed (mock exam results, internal test results and other substantial class or homework tasks)
- records of a student’s capability and performance over the course in performance-based subjects
- tracking data detailing a student’s progress and performance over the course
The exact evidence used by each subject varies due to the nature of the course but each subject was required to produce an Assessment Record, based on JCQ documentation, detailing the pieces of evidence used and the assessment objectives / topics that would be assessed. Details related to this are available upon request.
Your child should already know their mark and/or grade that they achieved in any assessments prior to the Term 5 assessment tasks. A reminder of your child’s mock grades can be requested from the school office but it is important to reiterate that this is only part of the evidence that will have gone towards awarding grades this summer. It is only when taking into account all other evidence being used, and the topics and subsequent importance of each one, that a fair grade could be given. Your child’s final grade could be equal to their mock grade in each subject, but could also be higher or lower.
Marks from any assessment tasks taken in Term 5 may have already been shared with your child but grades will not have been. Official grade boundaries are not available for most of the assessments used. In addition, we are required to maintain the confidentiality of students’ grades until the results day and some subjects have relied heavily on this evidence when awarding grades. As such, we have agreed that it is not appropriate to release grade information before results day related to any assessment tasks taken in Term 5.
The school’s full centre policy for determining teacher assessed grades in Summer 2021, including details of the thorough internal moderation process followed, is available to read here.
2021 Grades: Special Considerations for Students
All students entitled to exam arrangements, such as extra time or a reader pen, will have received these in the mock examinations and any assessments taken in Term 5. In the event that it was not possible to give the appropriate arrangements for any other pieces of work used for assessment, this will have been taken into account. In addition, we previously asked you to contact the school if you felt your child was unable to perform to the best of their ability as a result of any mitigating circumstances you believed should be taken into account and these replies, alongside our existing knowledge, will have also been used and documented when awarding grades.
It may not possible to give details on the exact variations in evidence used or reasonable adjustments made until after the results day in order to maintain the confidentiality of students’ grades.
2021 grades: Results Day
All AS and A Level results will be released to students on Tuesday 10th August. Students will be able to collect their results between 08:30am and 10:30am.
All GCSE results will be released to students on Thursday 12th August. Students will be able to collect their results between 10am and 12.
Results for GCSE, AS and A Level will be collected from the LRC. To maintain social distancing, students may be allocated a specific time slot and further details will be communicated nearer the time. If your child is unavailable to collect their results someone can collect them on their behalf or they can be posted home. Please contact the exams office before the end of term for details of either arrangement.
2021 Grades: Appeals Process
If your child thinks that a grade is incorrect when they have received their results, we will have staff available on results day to offer support. We have also set up a dedicated email address that can be used to ask questions or submit a review request.
Any student may submit a request for a centre review with concerns of either:
- A procedural error where the centre has failed to follow its procedures properly or consistently in arriving at a result
- An administrative error where the centre has made an administrative error in relation to the result
Requests for appeals on the grounds of academic judgement, where a student may feel that their grade reflects an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement, either because of the way that the grade has been determined and/or the selection of evidence, will only be considered by awarding organisations. However, priority appeals, for students applying to higher education who did not attain their first choice, should be made by 16th August 2021.
The JCQ Student Request Form, available on results day and linked below, will be used for all requests for centre reviews and appeals to awarding organisations. Appeals should be made before 3rd September 2021. However, priority appeals, for students applying to higher education who did not attain their first choice, should submit a request by 16th August 2021.
Further information for students on exam appeals, in the form of FAQs, is available in a useful Ofqual blog and I would recommend reading it with your child.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate every student receiving exam grades this summer on how they have coped with everything over the past 18 months. This has not been an easy process for students, staff or parents and carers, but we have all been committed to ensuring that the grades awarded are the best and fairest reflection of the standard at which each student is able to perform in each of their subjects.
Please be aware that the JCQ have produced a summary document as guidance for students, parents and guardians covering all aspects of the summer 2021 examination series which is available here.
Exam Preparation & revision
We are in this together
You are not alone when you need to revise for assessments, tests or exams. We are here for you every step of the way. We are extremely proud of the range and scope of the support available to help you achieve your full potential. There is a huge amount of resources available to help you revise and study successfully.
There are two guides to revision below. The Larkmead Revision Toolkit and "Prepare to perform" - hints and tips for getting ready for examinations.
examinations - Subjects and Boards
The full list of subject examinations and exam boards are given below.
Exam certificates are published by exam boards in the November / March following the summer or winter examinations.
Once all certificates are received into school these will then be posted to students via signed for postage with the Royal Mail. For students who are still attending school the certificates will be kept in school for them to collect from the Exams office.
Students should expect to receive certificates by the 2nd week in December or April, depending on which exam season they are waiting for.
For Summer 2020, due to coronavirus and the second session of exams in Autumn 2020 there may be a delay in certificates being issued and/or being sent out from Larkmead school. If you require a certificate for any reason please contact the Exams office to discuss.
It is very important to keep exam certificates safely and securely stored. In future years, employers and Institutions of Further Education will ask to see them and if lost, it can be a costly and lengthy process to replace them.
Neither Larkmead School or the Examination Board is able to provide replacement certificates once they are lost. However, the original Examining Board will be able to provide a replacement Certified Statement of Results at a cost of approximately £40 per subject/statement
Clare Harding, Exams Manager examination procedures
Information for candidates