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Examinations

Student sitting examExaminations are an important part of school life, which happen throughout the school year.

External Examinations Results - Summer 2020

Exam results are published on the following dates:

  • A Level: Thursday 13 August 2020
  • GCSE: Thursday 20 August 2020

Results will be emailed to student school email accounts from 8am, and also posted to student addresses.  Students should click here if they need a reminder of how to log on to their school email account.

Preparing for examinations

Exam information
  • Students are responsible for being clear about where and when their exams are happening
  • Students should look after your personal timetable - it shows individual room and desk details for each exam
  • Replacement exam timetables are available from the Exams and Administration Office
  • Students should be punctual for all exams, arriving fifteen minutes before the start time of each exam
  • Students should go straight to the room of their exam
  • Students are 'off-timetable' throughout the exam period, meaning that they may study at home when not in an exam, if they wish
  • Full school uniform should be worn whenever in school
  • Mobile phones, or any other electronic/digital/storage devices must be switched off and deposited with the invigilator at the start of each exam
  • The correct stationery should be brought to each exam in a clear pencil case:
    • black pens
    • pencils
    • erasers
    • a pencil sharpener
    • colouring pencils
    • a ruler
    • protractor, compass
    • calculator (if permitted)
  • If a student is ill and unable to attend an exam school should be informed by phone immediately
    • For external exams missed, you must obtain a note from your doctor detailing the reason for non-attendance and bring it to the Exams and Administration Office within 3 days
   
 Exam Preparation for Parents Presentation given to Parents of Year 11 students on 12 November 2019. 
Exam preparation and revision

To prepare for exams, students should:

  • effectively organise their time between now and the end of the examination period and adopt a comprehensive revision programme for study at home
  • highlight on their mock examination timetable the examinations which they will be taking to avoid the possibility of missing one and keep it in a prominent place at home
  • revise at home or quietly in the school library, or one of the allocated revision rooms (a list of which will be posted daily on the library door) when not in an exam
  • attend any revision sessions being offered by the school
  • use revision techniques covered during study skills workshops to make their learning and revision more effective
 Year 11 Revision Sessions Detail of revision sessions offered in school
 Revision Strategies A summary of revision techniques proven to be effective
 Revision Advice Revision Advice booklet for students

After the Exams

Exams 2020 GCSEs, AS and A Levels

Click here for Ofqual's student guide to post-16 qualifications results.

How have Exam Grades been Calculated?

Ofqual is the governing body to which all exam boards report. This video from Ofqual explains how exam grades have been calculated this year.

Grade Standardisation Process

Once the school has submitted their centre assessed grades to the exam boards, the grades are then subject to a standardisation process to ensure that all the grades across the country are fair and in line with results from previous years. The following links detail the process that Ofqual has implemented to ensure this:

Vocational Grades

Grades for BTECs, Cambridge Nationals and Technical qualifications have been worked out in a similar way to GCSEs and A Levels. The centre has supplied a rank order for all the qualifications but not necessarily in all cases an overall grade. As much of these qualifications rely on ongoing assessments exam boards already have quite a lot of information submitted during the course of study.

Results

Results this year will be sent out via email to students' school email addresses and also by post. Click here for a reminder of how students should access their school email account. If students wish to collect their results in person they should contact the school in advance to book a time slot. There will be no grade boundaries or exam reviews available. Students can request their centre assessed grades and rank order that the school submitted to the exam boards by emailing Mrs Vere in the exams office after results day.

Appeal Process - Summer 2020

Students are only able to appeal against the process that was taken by the school to award their grade. Students are not able to challenge the centre assessment grade or rank order.

When consulting on this summer's arrangements, Ofqual considered carefully opportunities for a student to challenge their centre assessment grades and position in their centre's rank order. On balance, they decided it would not be in the interests of students or the fairness of the arrangements overall. Any appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than the student's teachers to judge their likely grade if exams had taken place – in the unique circumstances of this summer, they do not believe there is any such person. In addition, because of the role of the rank order in grading this year, such an appeal would have implications for other students in the cohort: if one student successfully appealed against their position in the rank order, it would have negative implications for other students who would, in turn, need to be given an opportunity to appeal.

If students or others have concerns about bias, discrimination or any other factor that suggests that the centre did not behave with care or integrity when determining the centre assessment grade and/or rank order information they should normally raise these concerns with their centre, in the first instance.

Centres themselves can appeal if they believe something systemic has gone wrong in relation to their results.

When Ofqual published the outcome of the consultation on this summer’s arrangements, they confirmed that a centre may appeal to the exam board if it believes the centre itself made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information; or similarly, if it believes an exam board made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade.

Any student unable to receive a calculated result, and others who would like to improve their grades, will have an opportunity to take the full suite of GCSE, AS and A Level exams in the autumn.

Autumn Exam Series

Students will have the opportunity to sit their exam in the autumn if they wish to try to improve their grade for any subject. Should a student take an exam and the grade be lower than their centre assessed grade, then the centre assessed grade will stand. Grades can only be improved by taking the exam.

  • A Level Exams: 5 October – 23 October 2020
    Entries close 4 September 2020
  • GCSE Exams: 2 – 23 November 2020
    Entries close 18 September with the exception of Maths and English, which close 4 October 2020

If you wish to enter for any of the autumn exams you can do so by logging onto Wisepay (which will remain open) and registering the subject and making the payment. A full exam timetable and summary of costs will be made available on our website once it has been finalised by the exam boards.

Questions or Queries

If you have any queries regarding the summer results or the autumn exam entries please do not hesitate to email  Mrs Vere in the Exams Office. Please send a message with a contact number and we will contact you at the earliest opportunity to discuss any queries.

Collection of Certificates

The Statement of Results, which each student receives on results day, is only provisional and may not be accepted by colleges and some employers. Exam certificates are the only official proof of results - these are sent to the school during the Autumn Term and presented to students on Speech Day. If a student does not return to the Sixth Form, or does not attend Speech Day, certificates may then be collected from school. A friend or relative can collect them on behalf of a student, but must bring a letter of authority, signed by the student.

Examination Results

Our full examination results, by subject area, are available to download at the bottom of this page. 

Nationally, schools are judged against a set of criteria, which are all available on the Department for Education (DfE) School Performance Tables. An overview of our performance against these criteria in 2018-19 is given below.

Key Stage 4

  • Progress 8 score: 0.24 ("Above average")
  • Attainment 8 score: 53.9 points (England average: 46.7 points)
  • 78% of students passed (9 – 4) both English and mathematics
  • 56% of students achieved a strong pass (9 – 5) in English and mathematics (England average: 43%)
  • English Baccalaureate (EBacc) Average Point Score: 4.68 (England average: 4.07)
  • 99% of students have continued in education or training, or have moved on to employment in the year after the end of Key Stage 4 (England average: 94%)
  • Click here to see the Government’s school and college performance tables for Lady Manners School

Key Stage 5

  • 17 students achieved A* or A in three or more A Levels
  • 49% of all A Level grades were A*-B
  • 17% of students achieved AAB in two or more facilitating subjects
  • Average vocational qualification grade: Distinction (England average: Merit+)
  • 100% of students passed at least one A Level
  • Click here to see the Government’s school and college performance tables for Lady Manners School Sixth Form.

Download the documents below to see our results in detail.