GCSEs 2020 and Post-16 plans

GCSE Results Day – Thursday 20th August 2020

In order to ensure everyone’s safety, this year King James’s will be operating a Virtual Results Day with results emailed only to Year 11 students directly to their school Outlook account at 10.00am.  It is not possible to make the results available to parents or carers as it is imperative that the examination results are shared with the candidates before anyone else.  Students should refer to the guide below if they are unsure how to access their school email.  No results will be given out by telephone under any circumstances.

The government have provided a 'Your results, what next' webpage here     Link

We also understand that many of our students may need additional support at this time and we will work with families to ensure that every student is well supported onto the next stage of their education, employment or training. On the day, our Careers Officer Sarah Moore will be available to speak to in school between 10.30am and 12.30pm.  Should students decide to come into school, it is important that the social distancing measures in school are adhered to closely. Students should report to Reception where they will be given an approximate timeslot for their appointment.

Sarah Moore can also be contacted afterwards on 01484 242000 or via email at sarah.moore@ckcareers.org.uk

Regardless of the fact that students did not sit their very final exams, we know how hard they have worked throughout their time at school. They should be rightly proud of their efforts and to acknowledge this we are looking at organising a certificate presentation event for the students in the autumn term which we will be planning in accordance with the social distancing measures in place at the time.  Arrangements will be posted in due course.

Student email

A reminder of how to access your student email here    Link 

What happens if you are unhappy with the grades you receive?

Ofqual completed an extensive survey regarding the appeals process for the summer 2020 series. With no examinations to review or remark the usual process is not possible. They have confirmed right of appeal for the following:

  • If a student has evidence of bias or discrimination, they would be able to raise this with their centre; an exam board could investigate such evidence as indicating malpractice.
  • Centres must have a procedure which allows students to request that a review is conducted of the centre’s decision not to appeal to an exam board.
  • Appeals should be allowed where a centre believes it has made an error when submitting its information; or similarly, if the centre believes an exam board made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade.

The full announcement from Ofqual’s decision on exams can be found following the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-gcse-and-a-level-consultation-outcomes-and-autumn-exam-series-proposals

 

 

Phone lines

Our school phone lines will be staffed from 10-12 on Thu 20 Aug and Fri 21 Aug.

GCSE exams

'Further details on exam grades'                                      Link

Ofqual 'Letter to students - Summer 2020 grading'   Link

Ofqual 'Open consultation - Exceptional            arrangements for exam grading in 2020'                     Link

Ofqual 'Summer 2020 grades - guidance '                    Link
Ofqual video explaining the process                               Link  
Ofqual infographic                                                               Link
Ofqual 'calculating GCSE grades Summer 2020'        Link  
Ofqual 'Standardising grades' factsheet                       Link  

 

College Enrolment

You can find details about enrolment for Greenhead, New College and Kirklees College here      Link 

Post-16 Support

Sarah Moore, our C&K careers adviser will be available from approximately 10-4 on Results Day, as well as on Fri 21 Aug and most of the following week.  She will respond to messages as quickly as possible, but anticipates being busy so asks for patience!

Email               sarah.moore@ckcareers.org.uk 

Telephone      01484 213218 (direct line) 

Careers Guidance

C&K Careers have launched a new helpline to provide reassurance and support to young people and parents during this uncertain time. Contact the helpline, called “CHAT”, if you need to speak to a Careers Adviser: 

  • Telephone         01484 213856 
  • Email                 chat@ckcareers.org.uk 
  • Facebook Messenger via the C&K Careers Facebook page