Exams

Exam Timetables

Please see below for the current external awarding body GCSE examination timetables and our school’s own internal examination dates.

External Examination Timetables

January 2022 Health and Social Care Examinations

Internal Examination Timetables

To be confirmed


GCSEs 2021

GCSE Results Day – 9.30-10.30am Thursday 12th August

We would like to celebrate our pupils’ achievements, hard work and progress over the last five years, by inviting them into school on this important day. Pupils should arrive between 9.30am and 10.30am. We will only be able to accommodate pupils on the school site. Family members will not be able to collect results alongside pupils.

GCSE results will not be given via telephone or email unless a local lockdown prevents our school from releasing results to pupils in person. If a pupil is unable to pick up results, they must nominate a responsible person to collect results on their behalf, and provide written confirmation to Mrs Taylor (exams@stursulas.com) by Friday 16th July 2021.

GCSE Appeals 2021

If a pupil believes an error has been made in determining their grade, they will have a right to appeal. There are two stages to the appeals process:

  • Stage 1 – centre review 
  • Stage 2 – appeal to the awarding organisation

If a pupil requests a centre review or an awarding organisation appeal there are three possible outcomes:  

  • The original grade is lowered
  • The original grade is confirmed
  • The original grade is raised

Once a finding has been made a pupil cannot withdraw their request for a centre review or appeal. If their grade has been lowered, they will not be able to revert back to their original grade received on results day. Written consent from a pupil is required to conduct a centre review or submit an appeal to the exam board on their behalf.

Further details of the arrangements for appeals are provided below:

Information for Candidates – Results, Appeals and Certificates

JCQ’s students and parents appeals process – please see page 6

Ofqual’s student guide to appeals – please see page 9

JCQ Appeals Guidance Summer 2021

Summer 2021 Centre Policy

If a pupil does not consider they have been issued with the correct grade, they can submit a request to check if an administrative or procedural error has occurred using exams@stursulas.com. A pupil must state in their email what procedural error they believe has taken place. A JCQ Student Request Form for Centre Reviews and Appeals must be completed to allow a centre review to take place. This will be emailed to pupils as part of our appeals process.

The deadlines to submit a request are:

27 August 2021 – our school’s deadline for a pupil to request a Stage 1 centre review with St Ursula’s Convent School

10 September 2021– our school’s deadline for a pupil to request a Stage 2 appeal to awarding organisation

These internal deadlines have been set to ensure we can meet the exam boards’ final deadline for stage 2 appeals.

Summer 2021 GCSE Arrangements

It is government policy that this year’s cohort of GCSE students should instead receive grades based on teachers’ judgements of their performance based on a range of evidence.

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Please see the following announcements and statements from the Department for Education (DfE), Ofqual and the Awarding Bodies regarding GCSEs in 2020/21:

JCQ: Guidance for students, parents and guardians (Summer 2021)

Ofqual: Student guide to awarding: Summer 2021

Latest Statement from Ofqual: How qualifications will be awarded in 2021

JCQ: Summer 2021 arrangements

AQA

Pearson/Edexcel

OCR

WJEC/Eduqas


Important GCSE Information

JCQ Rules and Regulations

St Ursula’s Convent School aims to ensure exams run as smoothly as possible for all our pupils. Please read the information below carefully so that you are aware of all the rules and regulations. Our school is required to follow these regulations by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) when running any GCSE examinations. Internal PPE examinations will also use these guidelines.

JCQ Warning to Candidates Poster

JCQ No Unauthorised Items Poster

JCQ Information for Candidates – written examinations

JCQ Information for Candidates – non-examination assessments (NEA)

JCQ Information for Candidates – social media

JCQ Information for Candidates – privacy notice

JCQ Information for Candidates – coursework

If there is something you do not understand please contact Mrs Taylor (Exams Officer) either in person or by contacting the school using exams@stursulas.com