Finalised Arrangements for GCSE Results Day Tomorrow.

As a school we have to ensure that we are operating within the most up to date guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England to keep all users of the school site as safe as possible. Everyone on the school site is expected to adhere to social distancing of 2m wherever possible and to facilitate this we still need to restrict the number of people on site at any one time.

In the light of this current guidance, we need to revise our original plans for tomorrow’s GCSE Results Day and are now inviting Year 11 students in to school at the following times to collect their results:

Students must arrive on foot at the pedestrian entrance at the south end of the site (opposite McDonald’s) and should maintain social distancing at all times on their arrival at school. Parents are not allowed on site and are asked not to congregate near the school entrance as students arrive so that we can focus on managing student entry to the site safely, but to wait some distance away from the school, please.

Entry to the school car parks for any vehicle is strictly forbidden for health and safety reasons. Both school car parks are currently closed to staff and visitors as they are being re-modelled and re-surfaced. Parents are advised that there is a public car park available for drop off and collection just behind Southsea Golf Club on Burrfields Road, which is a safe 2 minute walk from the school.

Staff will be at the entrance to greet students, to direct them to maintain social distancing and to promote the washing or sanitising of their hands prior to entering the school building.

We are not insisting that students need to wear face coverings as we expect them to maintain social distancing at all times whilst on site and when travelling to and from school, although we appreciate that some students may wish to choose to wear a face covering and, of course, we will be supportive of that decision.

Students will then enter the school building in a socially distanced queue through the school canteen and enter the hall, a few at a time, where they will be able to collect their GCSE Results in an envelope and will then be directed to leave the hall to open their envelope outside the school building.

Some teachers will be available to talk to students and answer any initial queries that they may have. Unfortunately, parents are not allowed on site this year and if students wish to go straight out of school and open their envelope with their parents they are, of course, welcome to do so but they will not then be allowed to re-enter the school site.

Unfortunately, the current guidance does not allow us to hold the Year 11 BBQ as we had originally hoped to do in July which is disappointing for us all. We will continue to look for the first available opportunity to gather Year 11 students together to say farewell.

Students who have ordered Year 11 Hoodies or Yearbooks will be able to collect these tomorrow after they have collected their GCSE results.

How have the GCSE & BTEC Results been determined?
As you will have seen in the media this week, the government has changed the original plans for determining GCSE Results this year. Your child’s GCSE grades are based solely upon the Centre Assessed Grades that the school submitted to the exam boards in June, following the guidance from OFQUAL. Details of the process that the school used was sent to parents again in the letter on Monday 17th August and can be found on the school website.

For GCSEs, if the original algorithm that the exam boards had intended to use to determine GSCE grades resulted in a ‘calculated grade’ that was higher than the Centre Assessed Grade, the higher grade has been awarded to the student as their official GCSE Result in that subject.

For BTECs and other vocational qualifications, the exam boards have used different procedures to determine the official grade that has been awarded to students; most of these grades are the same as the Centre Assessed Grade submitted by the school, some are higher and some are lower. The subjects affected are Acting, Dance, Music and ICT.

Unhappy with results?
If your child wishes to re-sit any of the subjects they have studied in Year 11 in the extraordinary Autumn Examination Series that is intended to take place between 2nd and 23rd November 2020, or if you have any queries or questions, please do contact Mrs Oswald on [email protected] as soon as possible.

If your child thinks that the grades they were awarded were unfair, the current guidance regarding the options available to them can be found in this document.

Ofqual student guide to appeals and malpractice or maladministration complaints

Please would you share the contents of this letter with your Year 11 child and we look forward to seeing them tomorrow again!

Yours sincerely

Nys Hardingham