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Examinations

This page of the website contains current information on public examinations held at Chiltern Hills Academy.

Public examinations can be a stressful time for students, parents carers so it is important that all those involved are as well informed as possible. Well informed students understand that the rules and regulations are designed to ensure fairness and minimise disturbance: it is in the interest of all that the examinations run smoothly.

The school makes every effort to ensure that students receive the best possible preparation for their examinations; that the administrative arrangements run smoothly; and that the examinations are conducted in a way that causes as little stress as possible, so that students achieve their potential.  Mock examinations are organised to the same high standards and rules as the public examinations, in order to familiarise the students with the process.

This information aims to inform parents, carers and students about examination procedures that are in place.  Importantly, it also contains the formal notices that are required by regulation to be given to each student.

If you have any questions please feel free to make enquiries to the Examinations Officer.  The Exams Officer at Chiltern Hills Academy is Mrs Dell and she may be contacted either by telephone on a direct line: 01494 782 066 ext 120 or by tdell@chacademy.co.uk

Collection and receipt of Certificates

The Examining Boards issue certificates well after the examinations have taken place. When the school has received the certificates from the awarding bodies they are then prepared for the Chiltern Hills Awards Evening where they are presented to the students. If students cannot attend this evening they are still required to collect them in person. If it is not possible then a friend or family member may collect them but only bearing a letter of request signed by the student and some form of photo ID, e.g. passport or driving licence.

Certificates that are not collected after 1 year of their issue are then securely destroyed. They can only be replaced by direct application to the boards by the student, and will require proof of identity such as an original birth certificate and a substantial fee per certificate.

Students will be able to collect their certificates from Monday 22 March 2021, between 09:00 and 14:30.  It is advisable that students collect their certificates as soon as possible after this date.

Information on obtaining replacement GCE and GCSE examination certificates can be found on https://www.gov.uk/replacement-exam-certificate

GCE Resit Requests Summer 2021

The deadline for Mrs Dell to receive completed summer 2021 GCE Resit forms is 12.00 on 2 December 2020.  The form may be downloaded from these links:

May 2021 Assessments

Yr11, 12 AS only and Yr13

10th May 2021 to 24th May 2021

Mock Examinations

Yr10 and Yr12

21st June 2021 to 25th June 2021

Summer GCE/GCSE/BTEC/CN Examination 2021 - Cancelled

Summer 2021 grades for GCSE, AS, A Level, BTEC and CNAT Qualifications

For this summer’s awards, schools and colleges are being asked to provide Teacher Assessed Grades for their students. These should be fair, objective and carefully considered judgements of the grades schools and colleges believe their students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams, and should take into account the full range of available evidence.

Teacher Assessed Grades will be submitted to the examination boards by the deadline of Friday 18 June 2021.  The following evidence will be used to formulate the Teacher Assessed Grades:

  • Teachers making judgements will have regard to the Ofqual Head of Centre guidance on recommended evidence, and further guidance provided by awarding organisations.
  • Curriculum Leaders will use a range of evidence such as:
  • past papers / specific questions set by examination board
  • All candidate evidence used to determine Teacher Assessed Grades and associated documentation, will be retained and made available for the purposes of external quality assurance and appeals. These will be stored in a locked room/cupboard and made accessible to key staff.
  • We will be using student work produced in response to assessment materials provided by our awarding organisation(s), including groups of questions, past papers or similar materials such as practice or sample papers.
  • We will use non-exam assessment work (often referred to as coursework), even if this has not been fully completed. We will follow the guidance from examination boards on what this evidence should be (BTEC/Vocational).
  • We will use student work produced in Centre-devised tasks that reflect the specification, that follow the same format as awarding organisation materials, and have been marked in a way that reflects awarding organisation mark schemes.
  • We will use substantial class or homework (including work that took place during remote learning).
  • We will use internal tests taken by Students.
  • We will use mock exams taken over the course of study.
  • We will use records of a student’s capability and performance over the course of study in performance-based subjects.

Chiltern Hills Academy Centre Policy June 2021 for Teacher Assessed Grades gives full details of the process in place in awarding grades for June 2021.  Click here to see the policy.

Please also find below a link to a guide by Ofqual explaining in detail how grades will be awarded for summer 2021

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/964613/Infographic_-_how_GCSEs__AS_and_A_levels_will_be_awarded_in_summer_2021.pdf

Also, here is a link to the Ofqual website where you can find all the information and latest updates about the summer 2021 examinations.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021

If you have any queries or questions regarding this please contact the Exams Office tdell@chacademy.co.uk.

Exam Results Collection Days

GCE and Level 3 BTEC results will be available from school on Tuesday 10 August 2021
GCSE, Level 2 BTEC and CNAT results will be available from school on
Thursday 12th August 2021

We have kept our results day the same as last year as at the time of writing Covid-19 restrictions are in place. We ask students to bring with them masks and to continue to social distance. There will be timed slots of half an hour each for students to collect results and this will be by alphabetical order according to surname. Please see the tables below.

Yr12/13 students have one slot of half an hour on each results day to pick up their AS Level, Certificate in Financial Studies results 10 August and GCSE retakes and BTEC Level 2 results on 12th August.

Year 13&12 – Results Collection Tuesday 10th August 2021

The timings will be as follows:-

Time Slot Surname Beginning
09:30 to 10:00 Group 1: A to L
10:00 to 10:30 Group 2: M to Z
10:30 to 11:00 Group 3: Yr12 AS Level and CFS students

Year 11&12 – Results Collection – Thursday 12th August 2021

The timings will be as follows:- 

Time Slot Surname Beginning 
09:30 to 10:00  Group 1 - A to D 
10:00 to 10:30  Group 2 - E to J 
10:30 to 11:00  Group 3 - K to P 
11:00 to 11:30  Group 4 - Q to Z
               - Yr12 GCSE retake and BTEC Level 2

Centre staff will be available for students if they would like to discuss their results.
Please note there will be limited parking available on site due to building works taking place.

Results must be collected by the student who has taken the exams.  If this is not possible, written permission should be given by the student detailing who will be collecting the results on their behalf.  The representative collecting the results should bring the letter with them and some form of photo ID. Unfortunately, if no photo id or a letter from the student is provided we cannot issue results.

Alternatively, if a student is unable to collect their results in person, they may be posted out to their home address.  Please provide an A4 stamped address envelope to Mrs Dell, the Examinations Officer, by Monday 19 July 2021.

Appeals – Summer 2021
The appeals arrangements for awarding qualifications in summer 2021 are below.  There are two stages of the appeal process that can be requested. Stage 1, a Centre Review and Stage 2, an Appeal to the Awarding Body after receiving the outcome of a Centre Review.  Students cannot appeal to the Awarding Body until a Centre Review has taken place.  Students must be aware that grades may be raised, stay the same or be lowered as a result of any appeal made.

Stage 1 – Centre Review
This is the first stage of the appeals process in Summer 2021.

Candidates can appeal their grades through their Centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case.

A candidate, including a private candidate, can

  • submit a request for a Centre Review on the grounds that the Centre has:-
    • failed to follow its procedures properly or consistently in arriving at that result or
    • made an administrative error in relation to the result.

A Centre review must be completed and an outcome reported to the student before an appeal can be submitted to the awarding organisation. Any appeals where this has not happened will be rejected by the awarding organisation and a new application will need to be submitted once the Centre review has been completed.

All requests for a Centre review must be made directly to the Centre which submitted the grade(s) and candidates must be aware that grades may be raised, stay the same or be lowered as a result of the review.

To request a centre review complete the request form included within your results envelope, available to print  on this webpage or download and complete electronically and return to tdell@chacademy.co.uk, alternatively drop the form off at Chiltern Hills Academy Reception or post to the school. Without a completed form we cannot process a Centre Review.

All requests for an appeal must be made directly to the Centre which submitted the grade and must be received by:
16 August 2021 (priority appeals – for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice, e.g. the offer they accepted as their first choice, and wish to appeal an A Level or other Level 3 qualification result)
3 September 2021 (in all other cases)

This will enable Chiltern Hills Academy to meet the deadlines to submit appeals to awarding organisation.

  • To request a Centre review students must complete Appendix A Stage One Centre Review request and consent form available on this website on paper or electronically and return to tdell@chacademy.co.uk, alternatively drop the form off at Chiltern Hills Academy reception or post to the school. Without a completed form we cannot process a Centre Review.
  • Students must be aware that grades may be raised, stay the same or be lowered as the result of a review.
  • A candidate who wishes to withdraw a review request can do so as long as no finding has been made. A Centre review cannot be withdrawn once a finding has been made.

Stage 1 Centre Review Request Form (PDF)

Stage 1 Centre Review Request Form (MS Word)

Stage Two – Appeals to the Awarding Organisation
This is the second stage of the appeals process in summer 2021 and can only take place after the outcome of a Centre Review. 

Any candidates including a private candidate, who considers that there has been a procedural error, an administrative error or that their grade reflects an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement (either because of the way that the grade has been determined and/or the selection of the evidence), may submit a request for an awarding organisation appeal after they have received the outcome of their Centre review and after the publication of results. Candidates must be aware that grades may be raised, stay the same or be lowered as the result of an appeal to the Awarding Organisation.

The Centre must submit an appeal to the awarding organisation if the student considers that:

  • the Centre did not follow its procedure properly or consistently in arriving at the results, or during the Centre Review.
  • the awarding organisation made an administrative error in relation to the result.
  •  the Centre made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which to determine the grade and/or the determination of that grade from the evidence.

Any appeal can only be made against a result issued.  A student who believes that the Centre’s decision to withdraw an entry due to insufficient evidence on which to determine a Teacher Assessed Grade, or not to make an entry in the first place, must raise such concerns though the Centre’s complaints process.  Any continuing concerns following completion of the Centre’s complaints process may subsequently be raised through the awarding organisation’s complaint process.

All requests for an appeal must be made directly to the Centre which submitted the grade and must be received by the awarding organisation by:

  • 23 August 2021 for priority appeals (for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice, i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice, and wish to appeal A Level or other Level 3 qualification results or by,
  • 17 September 2021 for non-priority appeals
  • To request an appeal to awarding body review students must complete Appendix B Stage Two – Appeals to the Awarding Organisation request and consent form available on this page to print or download to complete electronically and return to tdell@chacademy.co.uk, alternatively drop the form off at Chiltern Hills Academy reception or post to the school. Without a completed form we cannot process a Centre Review.
  • Candidates must be aware that grades may be raised, stay the same or be lowered as the result of an appeal to the Awarding Organisation.
  • Appeals cannot be made to an awarding organisation until the Centre Review has been completed.  Any requests submitted where this is not the case will be rejected by the awarding organisation and a new application will need to be submitted after the Centre review has concluded.

Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Body request form (PDF)

Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Body request form (MS Word)

Please see the full Results and Appeals Summer 2021 document by clicking here.

Further information regarding Summer 2021 exams, results and appeals can be found on the Ofqual and JCQ websites.

Autumn Exam Dates 2021

A full series of GCE AS/A Level and GCSE in all subjects will be available in autumn 2021 and these dates have now been confirmed.

The timetable will run as follows:

  • GCE AS and A-level examinations start on Monday 4 October 2021 and finish on Friday 29 October 2021.
  • GCSE examinations start on Monday 1 November 2021 and finish on Friday 3 December 2021.

The deadlines for entry are:

  • (GCE AS & A-level) – 8 September 2021 exam board, internal deadline Monday 6 September 2021 to enable processing of entry
  • GCSE (including English Language and Mathematics) – 4 October 2021 exam board, internal deadline Wednesday 29 September to enable processing of entry

These exams are an opportunity for students, such as private candidates, who are unable to receive a Teacher Assessed Grade this summer or for those who wish to improve grades based on taking an exam

If you would like to be entered for an exam in the autumn please complete the form included with your results or follow the link below to the form and return to Mrs Dell, Examinations Officer via email tdell@chacademy.co.uk as soon as possible.  All entry requests and fee payments should be with me for GCE by the 6 September 2021 and for GCSE 29 September 2021.  Any entry requests after those dates will not be processed.

Autumn Exam Entry form (PDF)

Autumn Exam Entry form (MS Word)
 
The Examination Policy, includes:

  • Non Examined Assessment/Controlled Assessment
  • Disability Policy,
  • Internal Appeals

The policy may be found on the Policies page of this website.

JCQ Guidelines

Private Candidate Procedure

If you are an external candidate who would like to take exams at Chiltern Hills Academy, please look through our Private Candidate Procedure by clicking the link below:

Private Candidate Procedure - PDF
Private Candidate Procedure - MS Word