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Virtual Results Day

Please read the following which have been sent home to students and parents/ carers.  These documents will help you understand the process:

Year 11 results day infographic
Year 11 Infographic

Year 13 results day infographic
Year 13 Infographic

Results dates and timing

Results will be issued at 9am via student Insight accounts on:

  • Tuesday 10 August Year 13 for A Level and other Level 3 qualifications 
  • Thursday 12 August Year 11 and 12 for GCSE and other Level 2 qualifications

Students and staff have worked hard during this unusual year and we trust you will be happy with your teacher assessed grades which have been calculated via a strong evidence base of assessments, coursework and classwork. These have been carefully moderated across the Trust and we are confident in our grading. 

Next steps

We would like all students to complete the form below please once they have received their results to confirm receipt of results. We hope also to hear about your plans regarding what you are doing next. This is extremely important so we can help you on your next step and also to inform you about certificates etc. later in the year. 

We hope all students are happy with their results and able to progress onto their chosen destination. SBL Academy staff will be available via Teams to discuss any queries you may have regarding your next steps following your results. Please see the separate email detailing how to access advice and guidance online during results day.

Local colleges will be offering results day help and advice and will contact you directly with these arrangements. 

Please remember to take evidence of your results to your chosen provider. They will ask for this and may not be able to confirm your place without it. 

If however you have reason to believe an error has been made in calculating your grade, you must follow the JCQ appeals process as detailed below.

Appeals

If you believe an error has been made in determining your grade, you will have a right to appeal. There are two stages to the appeals process: 

Stage 1: centre review – this must be completed first

If you think you have been issued with an incorrect grade, you must first contact us so we can review and ensure there has been no administrative or procedural errors. 

To help you decide whether to appeal, you can request that we share with you the following information on results day:

  • JCQ Guidance Centre policy (Pdf)
  • The sources of evidence we used to determine your grade along with any grades/marks associated with them
  • Details of any special circumstances that have been considered in determining your grade, e.g. access arrangements, mitigating circumstances such as illness.

Stage 2: appeal to awarding organisation 

If the centre has not made any errors, but you are still unhappy with your grade you must complete this form and escalate to the Awarding Body. 

The awarding body can re-check all centre and awarding body administration and procedures.

The awarding body can check whether the academic judgement of the centre was unreasonable.   

At both stages of the process, you must submit your appeal directly to Ms Murray and give written consent to conduct the appeal or submit to the exam board on your behalf. 

Please note - If you request a centre review or an awarding organisation appeal there are three possible outcomes: 

  • Your original grade is lowered, so your final grade will be lower than the original grade you received. 
  • Your original grade is confirmed, so there is no change to your grade. 
  • Your original grade is raised, so your final grade will be higher than the original grade you received. 

Once a finding has been made you cannot withdraw your request for a centre review or appeal. If your grade has been lowered, you will not be able to revert back to the original grade you received on results day.

All appeals must be received by 12pm on the deadline date (GCE / L3 qualifications: 16 August and GCSE / L2 qualifications: 3 September) in order to ensure the Academy can respond in a timely fashion. Appeals received after this time cannot be guaranteed to be processed.

Timeline for appeals

  • 10 August to 7 September: priority appeals window (L3 only)
    • 10 August to 16 August: student requests centre review 
    • 10 August to 20 August: centre conducts centre review 
    • 11 August to 23 August: centre submits appeal to exam board 
  • 10 August to end October: majority of non-priority appeals take place 
    • 10 August to 3 September: student requests centre review  
    • 10 August to 10 September: centre conducts centre review 
    • 11 August to 17 September: centre submits appeal to exam board

Certificates

Official certificates are normally ready to be collected by mid-November 2021. Please ensure you keep your contact details up to date and keep checking the school website and social media for information. We are legally obliged to retain certificates for one year before they are returned to the exam boards or destroyed. Replacement certificates must be requested from the Awarding bodies directly and they carry a fee so we highly recommend you collect when they are available.

Year 10

JCQ teacher assessed grading policy for 2021 

Assessments

Further information

Mock exams

Exams, revision and results

Important exam information for Year 11 students - please read carefully

  • Personalised seating timetables will be issued nearer the time.
  • Please be at the exam room in time to start the exam at the given time.
  • Please remember - no bags, coats, mobile phones etc to be taken into the exam room.
  • Please remember you must enter the exam room in silence and remain this way until you have left the room.
  • Please remember your equipment - black pens, pencils, rubber, ruler, maths equipment and calculator for science and maths papers (when allowed)
  • If you are entitled to extra time, this may be difficult to use due to the timings of the PPE exams. We value your health and wellbeing and want to ensure that you have a reasonable break and lunch time. Please therefore mark on your exam paper where you would have used your extra time so that the teacher is aware.
  • Good luck!
  • Any issues, please see Ms Murray in M2 as a matter of urgency. We will do our best to sort out any issues you may have.

Summer exam information

Important documents for candidates - please carefully read

  • These general timetables are in addition to the individual timetables which were issued to students earlier in the year.
  • Please click on the tabs at the bottom to see the timetable one week at a time.
  • Please note that start times can be changed but this will be communicated to students as soon as possible.
  • Before all exams, we aim to provide a briefing room where students can gather and have a last minute encouraging talk from the subject teacher.
  • For students sitting morning exams, we will provide a free healthy breakfast where water, juice, fruit etc. will be provided.
  • We would expect all students to attend and take advantage of both the briefing and free refreshments if possible.

Please note for reference the Exams Office is located in M2. Ms Murray is the Examinations Officer.

We recently held an assembly for all Year 11 students to remind them of the best way to prepare for examinations and to bring together the advice that we have been giving in lessons this year.

We reminded students of the importance of using time at home and during the upcoming holiday period and weekends to revise. Attending school every day is also very important.

Please see the revision presentation (Pdf, 2mb) which you might wish to discuss with your son/daughter.

Here is some subject specific revision guidance which is available to your daughter/son.

Please also see the warning to all exam candidates (Pdf, 34kb). We would be grateful if you could remind your son/daughter about the use of mobile phones during exams (Pdf, 58kb)

Exam related policies

Further information