2021 GCSE and A Level Results Days

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you and your family are keeping safe and well. I am writing to explain our process for administering GCSE/A level results for 2021. Given the high number of local cases, we will be continuing to follow social distance guidelines for our Results Days, carefully taking protective measures to keep all of our students and staff safe. Whilst ‘posting’ out your child’s results is an option, we very much want our students to have the opportunity to come into school and receive their results in person; this approach is very important to us and will allow our students to access instant support, where necessary. We will, however, have to control student numbers carefully and have put in place a number of key protective measures to enable this to happen.

Arrangements: 

Year 13 Results Day – Tuesday10th August

Year 11 Results Day – Thursday12th August

Students will be divided into smaller groups to come in and collect their results. A text message will be sent on or before the 6th August, indicating the allocated time students should arrive. 

To ensure safety and the smooth operation of the morning, we ask that students arrive promptly at the allocated time.

Students should enter the building through the Lecture Theatre door, where they will collect their results. Collection points will be arranged alphabetically. Following the collection of results, students will be directed into the main hall to speak to a member of staff who will confirm next steps, and signposted to any further support required and confirm enrolment into the Sixth Form, if appropriate. Careers information, advice and guidance will also be available for those students who are uncertain about their next steps. Students will exit the building via the main hall. It is important that students take advantage of the opportunity to speak to advice teams before they leave, as it will not be possible to re-admit at a later stage in the morning. 

Please note that, unfortunately, we will only be allowing students, not parents, to come into the academy to collect their results. This is to ensure we keep the number of people in the building to a minimum. If there are extenuating circumstances that mean you need to accompany your child, please email exam.priesthorpe@coopacademies.co.uk and this will be considered. Parents are very welcome to wait in the car park. 

For students who are not able to collect their results in person, a copy of your results can be posted home. Please provide a stamped and addressed envelope, for the attention of the Exams Officer, via reception, before 30th July. Please note, the envelope must be addressed to the student and not the parent or carer. Moreover, under Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) guidelines, we are only able to post results out after 8am on Tuesday 10th August for A Level and 8am on Thursday 12th August for GCSE. 

We do have procedures in place to enable students to appeal their grade if you believe there is a problem. A student who is unhappy with their grade will first be asked to make a request to us, the centre, to check whether an administrative or procedural error has been made. For students applying to higher education, who did not attain their firm choice, a priority appeal can be made.

We have put many layers of quality assurance in place to avoid such errors but if an investigation, following an appeal, reveals an error in the grade submitted to the exam board, we will submit a revised grade and a rationale for the board to consider. If the exam board is satisfied with the rationale, it will issue a revised grade.

Where an investigation, following an appeal, reveals no error has been made, a student can ask us, the centre, to appeal to the exam board on their behalf. We will submit the student’s appeal to the exam board and provide the evidence on which our judgement had been made; the exam board will consider whether, in its view, the grade reflected an appropriate exercise of academic judgement. If the exam board judges that it did not, the exam board will determine the grade that the evidence would support. The exam board will also check that the centre had followed its own process. It is important to note that this process can lead to changes in grades, including lowering of grades.

To assist in the prompt handling of any appeals we request that you complete our dedicated Appeals Form and email it to exam.priesthorpe@coopacademies.co.uk 

Appeals must be submitted by 16 August 2021 for priority appeals and the 3 September 2021 in all other cases. This will ensure we are able to meet the deadlines to submit appeals to awarding organisations.

Students will also be given the opportunity to take the exams in November, if they wish to do so. Ofqual have confirmed that there will be a November exam series that will include all qualifications. Students will be able to indicate on Results Day if they would like to be entered for exams, but we understand that this may need more careful thought and time for discussion at home. To address this, we are setting up a dedicated email account, which will be monitored daily throughout the exam results period. If students have any questions about their exam results or would like to be entered for the Autumn exams then they should contact us on this email:  exam.priesthorpe@coopacademies.co.uk rather than their subject teachers or Heads of Department, who will not be able to respond to any exam result enquiries. 

I hope you all enjoy the summer break when it arrives and thank you, as ever, for your understanding and cooperation. 

Yours faithfully

Martin Blacoe

Principal