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Examination Results Information (Results, Dates, Grade Boundaries, Reviews and Certificates)

Please contact the exams office if you have any questions or queries - exams@st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk

Results Dates

2021-2022

 
November Resits - Maths and English Language 13th January 2022
Autumn Resits GCE 16th December 2021
Autumn Resits - GCSE (Other Subjects) 24th February 2022
January BTEC 24th March 2022
February BTEC 7th April 2022
Summer GCE and Level 3 BTEC 18th August 2022
Summer GCSE and Level 2 BTEC 25th August 2022

 

Collecting Results

Information about collecting results

If pupils are unable to collect their results on results day and would prefer to have their results emailed they need to collect a form from the Examinations Office.

Alternatively, the pupil can arrange for a representative to collect their results for them. Pupils must inform the Examinations Office prior to results day.  The representative must have photographic ID.

Candidate Results form or a copy of the form can be collected from the Examinations Office.

Grade Boundaries

What are Grade Boundaries, and how do they work?

Each year, we are contacted by parents and pupils who want to ask questions about grade boundaries.  This document will hopefully answer many of the most frequently asked questions.

Grade boundaries show the minimum number of marks you need for each grade, and are published on results day. 

Only once all exam papers in the country have been marked are grade boundaries set by senior examiners and assessment experts. It’s not until after all the marking has been completed that it’s possible to see how difficult students found the paper (for example, compared to previous years) and so take this into account when setting the boundaries. This means that a student who performed at a certain level should get the same grade regardless of which year they sat the exam, but it doesn’t mean they will score the same mark.

For example, a pupil could gain a grade 5 by scoring 83 marks in English Literature in 2019, but their brother who sat the Literature exam in 2018 needed 76 marks to get a grade 5, because students across the country found the paper harder that year.

Remember, grade boundaries are individual to a subject.  In 2019, to gain a 5 in Chemistry students needed to get 116 marks if they sat Foundation and 80 marks if they sat the Higher paper (which contains harder questions).  However, those sitting Physics needed to score 130 marks if they sat Foundation and 75 marks if they sat the Higher paper.   This shows that pupils found the Chemistry papers more difficult than the Physics papers across the country in 2019.

  • You cannot compare the grade boundaries of different subjects.
  • You cannot compare grade boundaries of one subject from one year to the next.
  • You cannot compare grade boundaries with someone who sat the same subject in another school, but with a different exam board.

Foundation or Higher?

In some subject eg the sciences, maths, staff have to make a judgement call on what tier to enter a pupil at, based on assessments throughout the course.

Exam boards must include some ‘common questions’ – questions which are the same on the Foundation and Higher tier papers – to help them align standards between the tiers. In theory, a pupil will perform similarly on those questions, regardless of the tier for which they were entered. So a pupil who might expect to get a grade 4 on the Foundation tier, would also expect to get a grade 4 on the Higher tier. 

However, the lowest key grade on the Higher tier is a 4, and if they fail to get this then they would most likely be ungraded (unless they were very close and were awarded a 3).  The maximum mark that a pupil can score on a Foundation paper is a 5. Staff therefore need to discuss which paper would best suit the pupil, in order to maximise their chances of success.

 

Information regarding grade boundaries can also be found on the exam boards websites - 

Pearson AQA

 

 

Review of Results and Access to Scripts

If a pupils wishes to request a review and the school does not feel that there are grounds for this, then the cost of the review must be paid for by the pupil, before we can request the review.

  • Pupils are strongly advised to discuss any concerns with the appropriate Directors or Lead Learners of subjects before making a formal request for a review of marking.
  • Grade Boundaries will be published on our website - see the grade boundary above.
  • A webpage explaining Grade Boundaries can be found - Click here
  • It is important to note that very few reviews of marking requests result in a change of grade, with the majority showing the original marking to be accurate.
  • Please note that the costs shown on the sheet in your envelope are per paper, not per subject. For example, Maths was made up of three papers, so to review all three papers it would cost £120.

If you're unhappy about an exam results, you can ask the school to complete a review of your results, this could be a clerical re-check or review of marking or you can request the marked paper ('access to scripts').

For more information please check the exam boards websites - 

AQA

Pearson

 

Form and full price list - Prices for 2021/2022 to follow

Certificates

If you need to collect exam certificates, please ensure you contact the school first to arrange a suitable date and time.  Contact - exams@st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk to arrange a date to collect

If you are unable to collect your own certificates, a family member can collect on your behalf.  They require written consent and photographic ID when they collect. The school does not post certificates.

Please ensure you do not lose your certificates as they can be expensive to replace, around £45 per certificate.  If you do lose them you will need to contact the exam boards directly to organise replacements. 

 

Think you have lost your certificates and need replacements?

If you have already collected your certificates and have lost them you can contact the exam boards and they may be able to replace them for you.  This depends on how long it is since you have sat the exam, however please check their websites for full information.

AQA - Click Here

Pearson - Click Here

OCR - Click Here

WJEC - Click Here

In some cases, exam boards have changed their names and merged so the govenment has issued information to help you check which board to contact for a replacement certificate or certified statement of results if your old board no longer exists.

Click Here

Art Work Collection Information

Details abouting collecting Artwork for pupils who left in Summer 2021 to follow.

Grades Explained

Please contact the exams office if you have any questions or queries - exams@st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk

Grades Explained

Old GCSE

equivalent

New GCSE

Grade

BTEC FIRST 

AWARD Grade *

BTEC TECH

AWARD Grade **

New Grade Approx. top 2% of the country

9

D*

L2D*

A*

8

A

7

D

L2D

B

6

M

L2M

New Grade

5

C

4

P

L2P

D

3

 

L1D

E

2

L1P

L1M

F/G

1

L1P

U – ungraded

U

U

U

*  BTEC First Award subjects are Art, Sport, Travel and Music

** BTEC Tech Award subjects are Engineering, Health, Enterprise and DIT