Exam Information

Results days for Autumn 2020 exams

 

  • Thursday 17 December 2020 – A-level
  • Thursday 14 January 2021 – GCSE English Language & Maths ONLY
  • Thursday 11 February 2021 – All other GCSE subjects

 

Results will be emailed to students from 08:00 hrs on the above days, followed up by a hard copy in the post – please ensure the exams office holds your correct address.

 

contact email for the exams office:  examsoffice@fulford.york.sch.uk

 

 

Y13 Results (Summer 2020)

 
 
 

Y11 Results (Summer 2020)

 

This video explains how the grades are to be awarded:

 
 
 

A message from Ofqual:

Dear parent/carer,

We know that it has been a really unsettling few months for
students, since schools, colleges and other providers were closed to many and
exams were cancelled. We are writing to reassure you about what has been put in
place so students are able to move on to further study or employment, with
results which carry the same value as any other year.

 

How grades have been
set this year

After exams were cancelled we worked with exam boards and
leading assessment experts to develop a reliable method to calculate student
grades. This involved asking each school or college to tell us what grade they
believed each student would have received in each subject if exams had gone
ahead, and how their expected performance compared to others in their class. We
know teachers worked extremely hard to deliver this year’s arrangements and the
majority of grades students receive will be the same, or within one grade, as
their centre’s judgements – reflecting the skills, professionalism and
integrity of those involved.

Schools and colleges used a range of evidence to make their
judgements including non-exam assessments, results of homework assignments or
mock exams and any other records of student performance over the course of
study. At least two teachers were involved in agreeing each proposed grade, and
each one was signed off by the head teacher or college principal.

 

Making sure results
are as fair as they can be

It is really important that we make sure the same standard
is applied for all students, whichever school, college, or part of the country
they come from. That’s why we have calculated all results using the same
method, which makes sure we have a level playing field for all students and
results across the country are comparable. The overwhelming majority of people
who responded to our consultation – including teachers and students – supported
the aims of our moderation approach, because they know that if the results were
not moderated, they would be unfair.

This means that this year’s results will have the same value
as in any other year. Students, universities, colleges and employers can have
confidence in the results – allowing the class of 2020 to compete fairly with
students from previous and future years.

Despite some reports, you can be assured that the moderation
process does not mean a blanket reduction in the grades that teachers put
forward. Adjustments will vary across schools and colleges, and in different
subjects, and will only be made where the evidence supports them.

The grades awarded will be based either entirely on the
teachers’ judgements, or on a combination of their judgements and the
statistical moderation. Where the moderation process finds that a school or
college has over or under-estimated the likely number of students achieving a
grade, the students who are moved up or down a grade are those the centre felt
were closest to the grade boundary. No grade is being awarded purely on the
basis of statistics.

Although the process of moderation is essential to ensure
results are as fair as they can be, there is nothing fair about the fact that
Covid-19 has denied young people this year the chance to demonstrate their
skills in an exam. For that reason, where possible we have made decisions that
work in students’ favour and overall results will be more lenient.

Of course, we can never know for sure how an individual
student might have performed in their exams. Universities and colleges
understand this, and many have committed to showing flexibility in their
admissions decisions. Overall we believe these results will be as fair as they
possibly can be in the absence of exams.

 

Appeals and
complaints

The vast majority of students are going to receive grades
that are fair and that will enable them to progress to their next stage.
However we know there are some students and families who may want to appeal
their grade. If this is the case, you should speak to your child’s school or
college. Schools or colleges have to be the ones that submit appeals, and will
do so if they believe there has been an error or that the moderation process
has not produced a reliable result.

We have published a guide on our website
 to help students and their families
understand how appeals will operate this summer. This includes information on
complaints about potential bias or discrimination. We believe such complaints
will be rare, but they will need to be taken very seriously.

For more information on the next steps after students have
received their results, contact the Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100 900. You
can also contact Ofqual directly on 0300 303 3344, or by email at public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk.

To all students receiving their results, whatever their next
step, we wish them well. They have experienced a unique disruption to their
lives. Their grades awarded over the next two weeks will enable as many as
possible to move on in their lives with a sense of pride in their hard work and
achievements.

Information coming soon