Examinations

Welcome to the Exams Office area.

Within this area of the school website we aim to provide students and parents/carers with information which we hope will be both useful and informative for summer 2021.

We will provide general information about results, details for the collection of results, contact information and details of the appeals process.

Exam Room

Summer 2021 Examination Results

Results days for summer 2021:

10 August 2021 – GCE and BTEC Level 3

  • 8:30 am – results can be collected from the BDC.  Staff will be available if further advice and guidance is needed.

12 August 2021 – GCSE, BTEC Level 2 and Entry Level

  • 8:30 am – Year 11 X side – results can be collected from the BDC
  • 9:00 am – Year 11 Y side – results can be collected from the BDC
  • 9:30 am – Year 10 GCSE Statistics results can be collected from the BDC

Any results that are not collected by 11:00 am will be posted, by first class post, to the home address we have on our database, unless you have given us an alternative address.

Results will be given to the student only.  If another person is to collect the results, the student must provide them with a signed letter giving permission and naming the person that will be collecting. The nominated person that is collecting must present their own ID on the day.

Unfortunately, results cannot be sent by email and will not be given verbally over the phone.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding results days please email Mrs Bothwell, Exams Officer lbothwell@birchwoodhigh.org.uk

Grades

GCE A Level results are A* A B C D E (U denotes Ungraded)

GCSE results are 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 (9 is the highest grade, U denotes Ungraded)

BTEC results are D* (Distinction*) D (Distinction) M (Merit) P (Pass)

Summer 2021 Appeals

For summer 2021 your results grades have been determined based on a range of evidence that has been reviewed and verified by teaching staff, heads of faculties and the senior leadership team.

Although we have worked very hard to ensure you are issued with the correct grades, there will be an appeals system in place if you think there has been a genuine error in assessing or submitting your grade.

There are two stages to the appeals process:

Stage 1 – centre review

For a Stage 1 appeal you can ask us to review if:

  • You think we have made an administrative error, i.e. an incorrect grade has been submitted
  • You think we did not apply a procedure correctly i.e. we did not follow our centre policy, did not undertake an internal quality assurance, did not take into account access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness or bereavement

Stage 2 – appeal to the exam board

If you still don’t think you have the correct grade after the centre review is complete, you can ask us to take your appeal to the exam board, they will review if:

  • We have made an unreasonable academic judgement in determining your grade
  • We did not apply a procedure correctly i.e. we did not follow our centre policy, did not undertake an internal quality assurance, did not take into account access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness or bereavement
  • They, the exam board, made an administrative error i.e. they changed your grade during the processing of issuing results

At both stages of the process you will need to submit your appeal to us by completing an application form that is available on this page of the school website, it gives your consent for us to conduct the appeal or to submit it to the exam board on your behalf.  It is important to remember that your grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the process.

If you have a place at university that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell your university so they can decide how to handle your offer and you should speak with Mrs Bothwell, Exams Officer so she can prioritise your appeal. You can contact Mrs Bothwell by email lbothwell@birchwoodhigh.org.uk

The timelines for priority and non-priority appeals are as follows:

10 August to 7 September: priority appeals window (for university applicants only)

  • 10 August to 16 August: student requests centre review
  • 10 August to 20 August: Birchwood conducts a centre review
  • 11 August to 23 August: Birchwood submits appeal to the exam board

10 August to end October: majority of non-priority appeals take place

  • 10 August to 3 September: student requests centre review
  • 10 August to 10 September: Birchwood conducts a centre review
  • 11 August to 17 September: Birchwood submits appeal to the exam board

The school deadline for requesting an appeal is Friday 3 September 2021

The exam board’s deadline for accepting an appeal request is Friday 17 September 2021

GCE/GCSE Examinations – autumn 2021

You will have the opportunity to take any GCSE or A Level exams that you have received a summer 2021 Centre Assessed Grade for. These will be available during the Autumn Term if you wish to take them.

Entry forms will be available on this section of the website after results day.

Entry deadlines for taking the exams in autumn are:

GCE – 6 September 2021

GCSE – 30 September 2021

Examination Results

Post Result Enquiry Forms will be available from the Exams Officer on results days and when school returns in September.

Results – General Information

  • Results for the November Series of exams will be issued via Form Tutor trays.
  • Results for the January Series of exams will be issued via Form Tutor trays.
  • Results for On Demand BTEC tests will be issued via the Subject Teacher.
  • Results for the Summer Series of exams may be collected from the school by candidates.

If a candidate is unable to collect results in person (in the Summer series) the results will be posted on results day by First Class post to the home address.  If you wish these to be posted to an alternative address please provide the exams office with a stamped addressed envelope before the end of the summer term.  The results may be collected by a third party but that person, even parents, must have a letter of authorisation from the Candidate.  The person collecting the results must have their own ID, even if they are known to the school.

Results will not be given out over the phone and will not be emailed to the candidate.

Grades

GCE A-Level results are A B C D E

A Level candidates can score an A* by achieving an A grade at A level AND if they score at least 90% of the maximum UMS on the aggregate of the A2 units.

U denotes Ungraded.

GCSE results are 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

U denotes Ungraded

BTEC results are graded: D* (Distinction*) D (Distinction) M (Merit) P (Pass)

Marks gained for GCE/GCSE qualifications will be recorded as a UMS (Uniform Mark Scale) score.  The maximum uniform mark for each paper depends on the weighting of the unit in the scheme of assessment.  If you have any questions on the day please see a senior member of staff, your subject teacher or Mrs Bothwell, Exams Officer.

Latest Exam News

Students celebrating their GCSE exam results

GCSE Results – 12 August 2021

After a tricky last 18 months, 230 GCSE Students collected their well-deserved results this morning.  With large numbers hoping to stay on into the Sixth Form, the pressure was on to secure the levels needed. Record numbers of students – such as these pictured – achieved top grades across the board but it is important to recognise today that every 16 year-old deserves recognition for what they have achieved.

Dr Ingate, Principal said  “if you had told me two years ago that these students  would have to cope with the pressures of a global pandemic, lockdowns and remote learning I would have not believed you.  However, here we are today celebrating a fantastic set of results meaning that every 16-year old should be able to successfully move on to their chosen next step, whether this is Sixth Form or FE College.   It is often said that adversity brings out the best in people and I have certainly witnessed this.  From a total commitment from their teachers to do their very best to ensure their classes performed well - through to absolute resilience and determination from these students to do their best.  They have been remarkable – putting up with uncertainty, government u-turns and the ebb and flow of a pernicious virus – always with a willingness to do the extraordinary – something that will put them in good stead with whatever life has to offer in the future.”     

“They should all feel a great sense of satisfaction today because that hard work has paid off.  Their GCSE Levels were carefully calculated from internal exams and controlled assignments as well as teacher assessments.  It was no surprise that our submissions and samples sent off to the exam boards for scrutiny checks were not changed or amended.”

Mr Stopps, Deputy Principal added “every member of Birchwood’s Class of 2021 should be very proud of their achievements as one chapter of their life closes and another one opens.  As well as congratulating the students we would also like to thank all of our parents and carers who have offered plenty of their own grit, determination and resilience in supporting their children to make the most of their education in what have been uniquely trying circumstances.  It has been a real team effort and both the Year 11 students and their teachers owe our parents and carers a debt of gratitude.  In overcoming adversity in the way they have I have no doubt that the Class of 2021 will go on to be decent, thoughtful and successful adults in their future adventures.  We wish them well.”

The final words go to Mr Phillips, their Head of Year, who added “I am so very proud of our year 11 students. They have come up against tremendous challenges and not been found wanting. Their resilience, perseverance and character are a credit to themselves, their parents and to Birchwood.”


A-Level Students collected their well-deserved results this morning

A-Level Results 2021

After a difficult last 18-months, 120 A-Level Students collected their well-deserved results this morning. With record numbers moving on to university, the pressure was on to secure the grades needed. It was, therefore, extremely uplifting to see every student moving on to their chosen degree course including securing places at Oxford University, Cambridge University and Medical School.

Dr Ingate, Principal said “This group of students have been through so much disruption due to the pandemic and yet they have shown great resilience and tenacity to achieve results that will make them and their families proud. Even during lockdown and the period of remote learning, they all attended their virtual lessons and completed work on time. The ‘A-Team’ photo below shows some of our many students who achieved A grades across the board, but this should not detract from everyone feeling delighted with what they have achieved.”

“They should all feel a great sense of satisfaction today because that hard work has paid off. Their grades were carefully calculated from internal exams and controlled assignments as well as teacher assessments and I was very impressed with the rigour and professionalism of their teachers. It was no surprise that our submissions and samples sent off to the exam boards for scrutiny checks were not changed or amended. I really hope that their next steps will not be disrupted and that their degree courses, higher apprenticeships or jobs work out well - they must keep in touch!”

Mr Torrance, Head of Sixth Form added “I am really pleased for all the students - some amazing results that are thoroughly well-deserved. They have had so many disruptions during their journey in Sixth Form, and during the whole process they have all shown adaptability. This is probably the best word that describes this year group. They adapted to circuit breaks, isolations as well as further lockdowns, which were incredibly stressful! And they adapted to all the changes around examinations and assessments with such maturity for which they should all be commended!”

“Without question, through all these adaptations they will have built a real sense of resilience that will serve them well in the future. During all these moments, they have cared for each other and built some brilliant friendships that will last for many years to come. I would also like to mention the amazing staff that have worked so hard during their studies, to ensure that their journey was as smooth as possible.”

In the words of the U.S. rapper Jay-Z, ‘the genius thing we did was, we did not give up.’

Today, we should ‘give it up’ for these 120 amazing young geniuses.


GCSE Students For Press Release

GCSE Results 2019

This morning, 237 GCSE students and their respective families celebrated an important milestone with record numbers staying on into the Sixth Form to study A-Level .

Principal, Dr Chris Ingate said: 

"There were some excellent individual performances with students achieving level 8 and 9 across the board – interestingly more boys than girls, bucking the national trend (see photo above) - but equally there were students achieving personal bests and exceeding their GCSE targets.  These results mirror the findings from Ofsted in June, where inspectors found that ‘pupils currently in the school are making strong progress in a wide range of curriculum areas. From their different starting points, pupils make good progress.’"

Dr Ingate added:

"I am incredibly proud of Birchwood’s inclusive, all-ability ethos and to see every Year 11 student successfully move on to Post-16 with record numbers ‘staying on’ is very rewarding. I was also particularly pleased to see the gap in attainment between students from more deprived backgrounds and their non-disadvantaged peers close."