GCSE Results Day Update
The following is information relating to GCSE Results Day
The wait is almost over and you will soon be in receipt of your results.
Please check your emails as Mrs Durrett has shared the video again with you that details how the morning will be organised.
Just a couple of points to note:
- Please do not email teachers about your grades before the results are available on the 20th as they are not allowed to tell you anything I’m afraid. All teachers are legally required to wait until 9am on 20th.
- Arrive any time between 9am and 10am.
- If you have misplaced or thrown out your coloured letter, fear not, just be prepared to give your surname to the SLT member on your gate of entry. If you still have the letter please bring it with you as you will simply wave this at the SLT member as you enter and this will get you in more quickly.
- Just a reminder that no parents are allowed on site and must wait outside the school gates, ideally in the park area where they can socially distance.
- Should you not have gained the entry requirements for our Sixth form or have any questions regarding CHSG 6th Form or your options choices there will be a Central Help Centre set up in B5, B19 and B20 where Mr Elstone, Mrs Norman, Mrs Phelps-Gardiner and myself will be waiting to help you.
- Ensure you drop your letter accepting or declining your place at CHSG 6th Form (hopefully the former) into the box at the exit gate as you leave.
- Ensure you exit via the gate you entered.
These results are the product of all your hard work and efforts over the last three years and will open the door to your next academic journey. We hope you enjoy your morning and look forward to seeing you.
Following the Government’s announcements yesterday I thought it would be useful to give you some more information in preparation for tomorrow. I know this will remain an anxious time for you but rest assured we are very much in your corner supporting you and we are ready to deal with any scenario tomorrow. The Help Centre will be open in B19 and B20 should you need our help.
I have put together answers to some questions that might help you understand the current situation.
What is a CAG?
CAG stands for Centre Assessed Grade. This is the grade that was given to you by the school - the most likely grade we thought you would have achieved if you had sat the examination in that subject in the Summer. You will have different CAG's for each subject.
When will I get my results?
You will receive your results from us tomorrow.
There is a delay in the Child Development grades and we are expecting these to arrive next Tuesday. Mrs Baker will be in contact with these students when the grades arrive.
How have the grades been calculated?
There are 2 ways that your final grade has been generated
1) CAG from the School
2)The Government have taken our CAGs and applied an algorithm to all entries, producing a grade based on their statistical analysis. We will call this grade the ‘calculated grade’. This grade may be higher than your CAG.
What if my ‘calculated grade’ is higher?
You will receive the highest grade from the CAG and the calculated grade. The grades you receive tomorrow will be the best grade of the two.
How did the CAGs get decided and finalised at CHSG?
CAGs were decided through a lengthy process of moderation and standardisation of:
- work that you have completed in lessons this year and in previous GCSE years
- assessments you have done this year and in previous GCSE years
- your homework standard this year and in previous GCSE years
- mock exams (PPE’s) results this year and in previous GCSE years
- teacher predictions from this year and in previous GCSE years
- end of unit tests this year and in previous GCSE years
- progress reviews this year and in previous GCSE years
Using all this information grades were awarded to students in their classes initially and then moderated across the entire year group in each department to ensure there was consistency and fairness. As you will see a lot of time and effort has gone into ensuring students got the grade they deserved.
What if my PPE grade is higher than CAG and calculated grade?
We know guidance came out a few weeks ago saying that students could use their PPE grades. This is no longer the case and PPE’s have no bearing at all on the final GCSE grade. Your PPE's would have been taken into consideration as part of the CAG.
What about BTEC’s?
BTEC grades will be also the best grade for each student. The grade you receive tomorrow will be your final grade.
What if I do not get into CHSG 6th Form?
I have already said that students will be admitted on their CAGs so we know already who has been successful in their application. If you do not have a letter in your pack then your application is currently unsuccessful. If however those students who studied Child Development (and need this grade to get into 6th Form) then meet the criteria, we will be more than happy to admit you to our 6th Form.
Mr Elstone will be in B19 should you wish to speak to him and make a case for your admission to our 6th Form. Mrs Phelps-Gardner will be in B5 to help those who wish to go to elsewhere.
Can I appeal against my grades?
We are still awaiting information on what grounds students can appeal and also how they go about doing it, should they wish to do so. We do not envisage there being a large number of appeals as our process of moderation has used the latest and most recent evidence that we have for each student.
If however you do wish to appeal you should email Mrs Baker (Examinations Officer) in the first instance. Mrs Baker will then make contact with you and guide you through the process. firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I go for support if I need it?
You can speak to me, Mrs Durrett, Mr Elstone or any other member of staff who is onsite tomorrow. You can also visit our Help Centre in B19 and 20.
Ofqual have also provided information for students that sets out how their grades were calculated this year and the options available if they believe their result was not properly produced, including access to appeal.
Exam results helpline: 0800 100 900
Ofqual Support Line; 0300 303 3344
The National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline and Off The Record offers advice each year for students who have not received the results they had hoped for (https://www.gov.uk/careers-helpline-for-teenagers) and https://www.talkofftherecord.org/exam-results-day
What do I do with my text books?
Please return all text books tomorrow, if you are unable to attend tomorrow please return them to the school office at your earliest convenience.