Dear Parents,

Year 11 Grades

Further to the Department for Education’s recent announcement about cancelling Year 11 exams, we would like to give you more information about how your child will be graded this year. As a school, we are committed to ensuring all students are graded fairly and are given the best possible chance to achieve their full potential.

How will GCSEs and Vocational qualifications will be awarded in 2021?

As formal examinations have been officially cancelled this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Year 11 students will instead be graded by their teachers. Students will only be assessed on what they have been taught and will be informed about which work will be used as evidence to grade them. Please see the attached resource from Ofqual which summaries this, or go to their website at .

What assessment evidence will be used?

Schools will use previous work produced by students during the course of their studies and will also continue to teach and assess them so that they have the opportunity to improve their assessment grades, )in the same way that they normally would in the build up to their GCSE exams). We will use a range of evidence, such as:

  • Mock exams
  • End of unit exam tests
  • Landmark assessments – using exam questions

When will students finish their assessments?

Year 11 students will start back on Tuesday 9th March and will have completed the vast majority of their teaching and assessment by Friday 14th May. After this date, students will follow a personalised schedule instead of their normal timetable, which will allow them to concentrate on subjects they still need to complete work for. We will write to parents with personalised timetables after the Easter break. All grades will then be submitted to exam boards by Friday 18th June, which will be Year 11’s official leaving date.

When will students receive their results?

Students will receive their results on Thursday 12th August. Please note teachers will not be able to inform students of their grades before this date due to the detailed and extensive moderation process that must take place before the grades can be confirmed.

What happens if my child does not think their grade is correct?

As a school, we will do everything in our power to ensure that all grades are checked thoroughly and awarded fairly. Albeit, in the event that your child does not think their grade is correct, they can:

  • Appeal to the school if they think we have made an admin error eg. submitted their grade incorrectly
  • Appeal to the exam board if they disagree with the grade that we have awarded – in this scenario the exam board will review evidence of the child’s work.

Ofqual are also currently deciding whether to give students the opportunity to sit these exams in the Autumn Term; we will keep you updated on the outcome of this.

How do I support my child with their next steps after school?

For any students who have not yet completed their college or apprenticeship applications, we are offering a career’s meeting with Miss Jeffrey-Davis; any queries can sent directly to . As a parent, you can also spend time discussing your child’s options with them using our ‘Year 11 Careers Hub’ which can be accessed through our website and by using the following link . Many colleges have now written to students reassuring them that they will do everything possible to support their transition from secondary school to college and we will also continue to help them in their next steps.

At Trafalgar School we have a very experienced team of teachers and support staff who know your child very well. We are committed to ensuring our students’ efforts will rewarded fairly and that they will not be disadvantaged by the unprecedented year they have experienced. Year 11 have shown tremendous resilience over the course of the last 12 months and we are extremely proud of each and every one of them.

If you have any further questions regarding the grading system, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers or tutors, or you can contact me directly at .

Yours sincerely

Miss A Ghose

Assistant Headteacher