In February 2021 as a result of the disruption caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Education and the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (OfQual) announced that the Level 2 grades awarded to students this year would be based on Teacher Assessed Grades or TAGs. In April 2021, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) released guidance to schools and colleges on how they should determine these grades. Our TAG Policy (which can be accessed via the following link: https://wilmingtonacademy.org.uk/teacher-assessed-grades-tag-2021 and this communication, takes full account of this guidance.
To make sure that grades are fair across all schools and colleges nationally, exam boards will put all TAGs through a rigorous standardisation process:
- TAGs are to be formulated from a variety of sources including assessment results, mock assessments, coursework, controlled assessments, and in-class performance;
- Assessments are based on what students have been taught and determined ‘as late as possible’;
- A robust quality assurance process has been applied and evidenced prior to submitting TAGs;
- A strategy of blind marking was adopted for each student whereby names were substituted for student ID numbers during the marking and moderation process;
- Students have the right to appeal a decision (please see below).
It is important to note that schools and colleges were not permitted, by Ofqual’s conditional (GQAA3.5), to share grades with students or parents and carers to protect the integrity of the process, through which teachers’ judgements are arrived at and to avoid teachers feeling under pressure to submit a grade that is not supported by the evidence.
Collecting Your Results
Fantastic news! You are able to collect examination results on Thursday 12 August 2021. Results can be collected from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm from the Phoenix Sports Hall/Lecture Theatre. A destination questionnaire and Alumni form will need to be completed, with Post 16 entry interviews being conducted from 9:00 am onwards. The destination questionnaire and Alumni form will be sent to you and can be completed prior to the 12 August 2021.
If you are unable to collect your results and wish your exam results to be posted home then you need to hand a stamped and addressed envelope to Mrs Daly (Examinations Officer) into the Reception, by the end of term, Wednesday 21 July. If you would like a relative or friend to collect your results on your behalf or would prefer your results emailed home to you, then you must complete the following Google Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfI5eAKvg8luK3_BPXWml8cqYhSfuBHYH4-MUxZQ8eEBZovxQ/viewform.
Enrolment to Post-16
If you have applied to Wilmington Academy to continue your studies in Post-16, you will shortly receive communication regarding your interview time.
If you have not already done so, please could you bring your completed admissions form to your interview. This will allow us to ensure a smooth running to your enrolment into Post 16. A copy of the admissions form can be found on our Induction Website – https://sites.google.com/wilmingtonacademy.org.uk/wapost16induction2021/home
If you are unable to make this appointment we would be more than happy to rearrange this for you; please could you email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us and obtain a new interview date and time. Should you no longer require a Post 16 entry interview because you have decided to accept a placement elsewhere and have yet to inform us, please could you email: email@example.com.
If you have yet to apply to us for Post 16 and you wish to have a Post 16 entry interview, please contact our administrative team at: firstname.lastname@example.org, who would be more than happy to arrange a time with you. Our prospectus and options can be found at: https://wilmingtonacademy.org.uk/welcome-to-post-16/.
2. Post-16 Induction:
At Wilmington Academy we do our best to offer our students every advantage. In addition to offering formal educational qualifications, we aim to develop confidence, independence, a sense of community, and leadership. We are excited to offer students the chance to complete the National Citizenship Service Programme (NCS), led by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT). NCS is an action-packed, nationally recognised programme designed to enable your child to develop key skills, which will help them stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs and higher education opportunities such as university and apprenticeships. It will also be highly beneficial for students who are completing the service learning element of the IB Core.
The initial part of the programme will take place during your first week at the academy (w/c Tuesday 31 August 2021). The cost of the programme is £10 we would however not wish to exclude any student from taking part and therefore if you would like to discuss this further, please contact the academy. Payments can be made directly to NCS either in cash or by cheque when you come to collect your results. To take part in this programme, you will need to complete an academy consent form and a NCS consent form, both are available upon request from the academy’s reception. Both of these forms will need to be returned as soon as possible as part of your enrolment into Post 16 and CACT will be around on results day should you have any questions regarding this fantastic opportunity.
Appealing Your Grade
As usual students will also be able to appeal their grades if they believe the process this summer was not followed correctly. The cost of all appeals must be paid by parents, the deadline for submitting an appeal is 17 September 2021 and forms will be available on results day. Any student who believes a grade they receive this summer does not reflect their ability will also be eligible to sit an exam in the autumn. Exam boards must offer the full suite of GCSE qualifications for examination in the autumn. Students will not have to sit exams in all subjects, but may take exams in as many subjects as they wish. If a student seeks to take exams in a particular subject they will be required to take all the exam papers relating to that subject. The format of exam papers will be the same as those usually offered in the summer.
Should you wish to resit any of your GCSE examinations, please complete our Google Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDUOHmZ_KMaXNqytxxgioVv3sjb-d91s263Yev9tzNVZJYQw/viewform. At present, this does not include any BTEC Qualifications. For more information, please contact our Examinations Officer Mrs Daly or the updated Ofqual Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers on our website. You can also find additional information in the JCQ guidance for Students and Parents Summer 2021 using the following – https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf.
We look forward to celebrating your results with you. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mr M Gore