Exams/Year 11 Information

This page contains the most up to date information on the latest exam guidance

Year 11 Mock Examination Timetable | Autumn 2021

Please see below our schedule for our Autumn Year 11 Mock Examinations which are set to start w/c 18 October 2021.

Year 11 Revision Sessions, November-December 2021

Please see the table below for all our Year 11 Revision Sessions which will run for the remainder of this term, until the Christmas break in December:

Exams in 2022 – Everything you need to know

The Department for Education have released their plans for our Class of 2022 Year 11 cohort and exams are back for 2022.

There is recognition from the Department for Education that, nationally, students have had a disruptive two years and measures have been put in place to make sure students have not been disadvantaged.

Please see a summary of their information below.

Why are you bringing exams back?

Exams are the best and fairest form of assessment.

We recently ran a consultation, with the exams regulator Ofqual, on what adaptations we should make to GCSE, AS and A level exams in 2022 in response to the pandemic.

The consultation gathered more than 6,000 responses – with almost a quarter from students – and showed that more than 90% of students and parents were in favour of giving advance information on the focus of exams next summer to support students with revision, and around 80% or more agreed with offering choices of topics in some GCSE subjects.

When will GCSE exams happen in 2022?

GCSE exams will happen in May and June, as normal. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) will confirm the summer exam dates shortly.

When will advance information be made available for GCSE and AS and A level students?

Advance information on the focus of summer exam content will be given in early February 2022, though we are keeping the timing under review in case the course of the pandemic worsens. For English Language and Maths GCSE exams in November 2022, advance information will be given in July.

When will students get their results?

GCSE Results Day will be held on Thursday 25 August 2022.

What measures will be in place to make sure they are fair when different students have missed different amounts of time?

Students will benefit from a range of adaptations to GCSE, AS and A level exams in England – these adaptations will help them reach their potential
following the disruption they’ve faced. They include:

  • A choice of topics or content on which students will be assessed in GCSE English literature, history, ancient history and geography.
  • Providing advance information on the focus of exams to support students’ revision in subjects where there is not a choice of topics.
  • Giving students formulae sheets in GCSE maths and revised equation sheets in GCSE combined science and physics.
  • Changing requirements for practical science work and practical art and design assessments to ensure fairness.
  • These changes will also apply to the November 2022 GCSE English language and mathematics re-sit exams. There will be advance information deployed for both subjects in July, and a formulae sheet will be available for mathematics.
  • While it is the Government’s firm intention for exams to go ahead next year it is right for contingency plans to be in place in the event they cannot. Ofqual and the DfE plan for Teacher Assessed Grades to be used and are today launching a consultation on how this might work in 2022, building on the 2021 process.

What about grading – are you making any changes to that?

For the past two years, summer exams haven’t been able to take place and, instead, students have been awarded grades by their teachers. Due to the difference in assessment approach, we have seen higher outcomes.

As we return to exams, we want to get back to the pre-pandemic standard, but in the interests of fairness, Ofqual (who take the decisions on grading) won’t do so in one jump.

Instead, 2022 will be a transition year to reflect that we are in a pandemic recovery period and students’ education has been disrupted. In 2022 the aim, therefore, will be to move grading to a point close to midway between 2021 and 2019.

Results are likely to be higher than in 2019, but not as high as in 2020.

Ofqual aims to return to results that are in line with pre-pandemic years in 2023.

Reference-DfE: https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2021/09/30/exams-in-2022-everything-you-need-to-know/

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