We hope you are all well and staying safe in these difficult times. Even though you’ve not had the opportunity to sit your exams, you should by now have received your qualifications in the courses you were studying for. If you have not picked up your results, they are now available for collection from the school reception.
Students who wish to sit the exams they missed in the summer can do so in October and November of this year. You need to complete an Autumn Exam Season Entry Form (See below) and submit it to school before the entry deadlines below.
Autumn Exam Series Entry Deadlines
Friday 4th September: A-Level (all subjects)
Wednesday 16th September: GCSE (all subjects except Maths and English Language)
Wednesday 23rd September: GCSE (Maths and English Language)
FAQ – Summer Results/Autumn exams
1. Can I appeal the grade awarded and challenge the rank?
No, appeals this year will not work as they have in the past. The Government decided it would not be in the interests of students or the fairness of the arrangements overall.
2. I do not feel that my calculated grade reflects my ability. What can I do about it?
You have the opportunity to sit the examinations in the autumn series if you submit the entry form before the deadlines above.
3. What if the grades I receive are below entry requirements for my College placement?
You would need to contact the further education provider directly. They will advise you whether you can access the course (and whether you will only be allowed to continue on that course if the outcome of the autumn exams meets the requisite grade).
4. When will the autumn exams take place?
A-Level’s will take place from October 5th to October 23rd and the GCSE’s will take place between November 2nd and November 23rd. Full timetables can be found on the exam boards website and will be provided for you as individual timetables after entries are made.
5. Will all subjects be available?
Yes. Exams in the autumn series should be of the same format as the summer 2020 exams would have been, had they not been cancelled.
6. If I choose to sit exams in autumn, do I have to sit them all?
No. You can select the subject(s) that you wish to sit. However, you cannot opt to take only one paper within a subject. For example, to sit Geography GCSE, you will have to sit all three papers.
7. Will the Autumn exams also take into account NEA components that I completed?
The autumn series will be based purely on exam performance; no subjects will use the Non-Examined Assessment. Art and Design is based on 60% portfolio and 40% exam board task. In the autumn series, students will have to complete a new task (40%), which will be supervised at school and marked by the exam board.
8. Which grade will stand if I chose to attempt exams in the autumn series?
You would keep whichever grade is higher. Exam boards will issue a replacement certificate on request and may charge you a fee.
9. Will I be required to wear school uniform when sitting the autumn exams?
No. You are welcome to wear it if it still fits, but we are expecting that students will not wear uniform.
10. Will the school help me prepare for the autumn exams?
We will guide students to online materials that would help with exam preparation, so do discuss it with your subject teachers. However, whilst maintaining social distancing, we will unfortunately not have the facilities to cater for additional students on site.
Process for awarding GCSEs, AS and A’ levels summer 2020
Certificates for GCSE’s, A-levels and BTEC exams sat in Summer 2019 and November 2019 will be available for collection from the Exams Office when school reopens fully in September. Please come to collect your certificates.
Certificates for GCSEs and A-Levels and BTECs awarded this Summer 2020 will be issued in November 2020 and we will alert you when they are ready for collection.
If there is anything about your exams that you are still unsure about, speak to your teacher or get in touch with the Exams Office. Mrs K Newitt is the Exams Officer at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy and can be contacted by phone on 01928 711643 or by email: K.Newitt@ob-ac.co.uk