Examinations

Welcome to the Exams Office area.

Within this area of the school website we aim to provide students and parents with information which we hope will be both useful and informative. We will provide general information about results, details for the collection of exam results and application forms for Access to Scripts (ATS) and Enquiries after Results (EaR).
Post Result Enquiry Forms will be available from the Exams Officer on results days and when school returns in September.

Exam Room

Year 11 Results – Latest News – Thursday 20 August

Please note that if you have BTEC or Cambridge National Creative iMedia results today that these results are PROVISIONAL.

If your grade is changed, an updated result sheet will be posted to your home. 

Update on exam results August 2020

 

Please click to read: Statement from Ofqual re. A-Level examination results, Monday 17 August 4:00pm

Ofqual have announced today that students will be awarded their Centre Assessed Grades for this summer, at the moment this is for A Level and GCSE students. We are expecting an announcement regarding BTEC tomorrow. 

Part of the Ofqual statement reads: 

We have therefore decided that students be awarded their centre assessment for this summer – that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the grade they would most likely have achieved in their exam – or the moderated grade, whichever is higher. 

All of the processes we have put in place to appeal Centre Assessed Grades will still be available if needed, but we hope this announcement will go some way to help GCE students with their choices and that it will be reassuring for GCSE students before results are issued on Thursday. 

Mrs Bothwell

Exams Officer 

Press Release: GCSE Results 2020

After all the political turmoil, 236 Year 11 students received their long-awaited GCSE levels this morning to smiles and jubilation.

Principal, Dr. Ingate, said “I was so relieved to hear that the government had decided to do a U Turn and base these results on teacher assessed levels. Last week’s A-level fiasco has also been addressed and we are in the process of re-sending these students their up-dated grades. I was delighted to see so many happy and successful boys and girls. At Birchwood, I was so impressed with the professional and accurate way our teachers worked to give each student the best-fit GCSE level for each subject they studied. There was rigorous moderation and standardization. No one should feel that Year 11 students have got off lightly. They worked incredibly hard for the last 3 years and were preparing for their public exams as schools were closed due to Covid-19. I know that many were upset by this at the time, but hopefully today has gone a long way to redress their sense of achievement. We have seen record Sixth Form uptake for students wishing to study A-Level or Level-3 BTEC. Students moving on to FE College or apprenticeships also have the qualifications to do so.”

Mr. Herbert, Head of Year 11 said “I feel privileged to have been able to work with such a fantastic set of students over the past 5 years. I have witnessed the hard work, enthusiasm and drive to succeed in so many, as well as the kind, polite and caring behaviour they demonstrated every day. I am exceptionally proud of every single one them and I wish them all the very best as they embrace the next stage of their education.”

Press Release: Sixth Form Results 2020

Amongst the backdrop of uncertainty, lockdown and long-awaited results, 120 Birchwood High’s A-Level and Level 3 BTEC students were overjoyed and relieved to receive some excellent grades meaning that everyone moving onto Higher Education, would be able to progress successfully.

Dr Ingate commented “This cohort of A-Level Students gave a lot to the school and it was a shame to see their final year cut short in March. Nevertheless, it was super to see them again this morning and to wish them the very best with their futures.”. Mr. Torrance, Head of Sixth Form added, “I am very proud of this year group, they are a real reflection of the Birchwood Community and so many of worked incredibly hard during their time with us and ensuring that they made a real impact along the way! During lockdown what has impressed me most is how they have shown a real sense of maturity and resilience that will enrich them for many years to come, I wish them all the very best in their next steps.” The school reported that most grades were in line with their teacher’s assessments – and particularly strong at the A/A* level. The school has shared their teacher’s assessments with the students to help anyone who wished to appeal.

Update following the Government’s decision on 17th August:

Dear Year 11 Student 

I hope you are well and have enjoyed the summer holiday so far.  I am writing to you to outline arrangements for Thursday 20th August and the collection of your long-awaited GCSE results. As you will be aware, there has been a lot of media concern with the way the government have handled A-Levels yesterday, so I wanted to re-assure you as to how we will support you over the forthcoming week and to help ease any anxieties you may have.

On Thursday, you can collect your GCSE results as follows:

  • 11x         8:30-9:30am
  • 11y         9:30-10:30am

In your pack you will receive the following information:

  • Your GCSE Levels determined by your teacher assessed levels – these have been carefully calculated based on your progress and attainment and not solely based on any one mock exam or assessment
  • Information if you wish to appeal with any particular subject

You will enter the Sports Hall and go to the desk with the letter or your surname. We would then ask you to open your results outside on the Piazza to keep the Sports Hall uncrowded.  In terms of next steps:

  • If you want to enrol into the Sixth Form and have no changes to make to the courses you planned on studying, you go to the Sixth Form Centre
  • If you want to enrol into the Sixth Form and would like to make some changes or need further advice, you will go to the School Hall
  • If you need general help and advice about Sixth Form or College / Apprenticeships please go to the old gym
  • If you have an offer at FE College you can leave and enrol with them

Finally, I hope that you receive the GCSE levels that you have worked so hard to achieve next week and can successfully move on to Sixth Form or College.  If you do want to appeal to have any of your grades uplifted, we will support you with this.  Ultimately, none of the disruption caused by lockdown is your fault so we want to be as transparent and supportive as we can.  I look forward to seeing you on Thursday and helping you move on to your chosen Post-16 provision successfully.  

Yours sincerely

Dr Chris Ingate

Principal

Year 11 Exam Results Day – Thursday 20 August

This is just a reminder of the processes that we have put in place for the collection of exam results.

We am aware that, in exactly the same way as any previous year, collecting results is still a really stressful process. We are, therefore, hoping to keep the day as ‘normal’ as possible given the current restrictions by going ahead with a ‘face to face’ issue of results but it will be vitally important that the guidelines around social distancing are followed at all times.

The key points in the process for this year will be:

  • 11x students will be able to collect your GCSE results from the Sports Hall at 8:30am
  • 11y students will be able to collect your GCSE results from the Sports Hall at 9:30am
  • All results are to be opened on the Piazza and not in the Sports Hall. Please follow social distancing guidelines and avoid congregating in groups.
  • Hoodies and Leavers’ Books are to be collected from the Piazza
  • From the Piazza, students and parents should disperse to the areas as shown in the attachment to the letter sent out earlier, dependent upon results and intentions.
  • Once relevant processes are completed, students and parents should seek to leave the site as promptly as possible.
  • Please be assured that on the day we will ensure social distancing and clear hygiene measures are in place for the safety of all.

Given the changing nature of events, we do have contingency plans in place should ant further lockdown or restrictions be reintroduced. We will outline these nearer the time should they be required.

If students are unable to collect their results in person, they can be collected on their behalf by a named person, that person must bring a letter, signed by the student, giving permission for their results to be collected.  The person collecting must bring their own ID, to allow results to be issued to them.  Alternatively, any uncollected results will be posted by first class post on Thursday 20 August.

Information regarding appealing results (a clerical check only) or taking the exam in the Autumn Term will be available on results day.

Please email Mrs Bothwell, Exams Officer, if you have any questions or concerns regarding results day lbothwell@birchwoodhigh.org.uk

 GCE/Level 3 BTEC results will be available between 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Thursday 13 August 2020 in the school library. 

GCSE/Level 1/2 BTEC results will be available between 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Thursday 20 August 2020 in the sports hall. 

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 his or her 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 queries on or regarding results days please email me lbothwell@birchwoodhigh.org.uk or my direct line is 01279 713150. 

 

Mrs Lee Bothwell

Examinations Officer 

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 2020 Summer Series of exams may be collected from the school by candidates in Years 13 and 11 only, according to the COVID-19 restrictions above.

If a Year 13 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.

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

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."


A-Level Results 2019

Birchwood High School saw over 100 Sixth Form students achieve a strong set of A-Level and Level 3 BTEC qualifications, reflecting the findings from the school’s recent Ofsted Inspection (June 2019) where inspectors found that ‘students currently in Years 12 and 13 are making strong progress in a wide range of A-Level courses.’

Principal, Dr Chris Ingate, said “after 13 years of full-time education, it is fantastic to see all our 18 year-old students move on to the next stage in their lives including prestigious Universities such as Cambridge, Durham and Warwick.  These results further build on the strong comments made by Ofsted in terms of us getting the balance right between academic progress, personal development and enrichment opportunities.’

There were many more students whose grades exceeded expectations. Head of Sixth Form, Mr Ian Torrance added "this cohort of students is a true reflection of Birchwood with regards to their dynamics and makeup. Some really pleasing results for what has been an incredible journey for so many, all the hard work has paid off and we wish them every success in their next steps. They, and their families, should feel very proud”