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This information will be sent directly to parents of all Year 11 and Year 13 students at B.G.G.S  in time for the appropriate Results Days.  The relevant letter from Ms. Allen can be downloaded by clicking here.

 August 2020 GCSE, A Level and BTEC Results

Due to the extraordinary circumstances involving COVID-19, and the resultant cancellation of all the summer 2020 examinations, examination results and the rules around them are rather different this year. We at Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form have put together a Frequently Asked Questions guide to the examination process for Summer 2020.

Do my results count the same as normal?

How were the results calculated?

What do I do if my results are not what I had hoped for?

Can I appeal my results?

Can I find out my Centre Assessment Grades, (CAGs)?

Can I find out more about how my CAGs were calculated?

Flowchart showing student options.

Do the GCSE, A Level and BTEC results this year count the same as normal?

Yes. This year’s GCSEs, A Levels, BTECs and other qualifications will all have the same significance and the same style of certificates as in previous years. This is to ensure that no students are disadvantaged because of the cancellation of the examinations this year.

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How were the results calculated?

The first stage in the process was completed by our teachers at school who submitted Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs) to the exam boards. The teachers used their knowledge of our students’ work and assessments throughout their courses, including their mock exam results and other information to prepare the CAGs. We used robust procedures to ensure that this process was carried out fairly for all students. Then the exam boards carried out a national standardisation process, comparing the CAGs to results that other students have achieved in the same subjects, both this year and in previous years. This standardisation process has led to the final examination grades. In some cases the final grade will be the same as the CAG which the school submitted. In other cases, exam boards have adjusted the grades so they are different to the CAGs. These final grades will be published as normal on Thursday 13th August (A Levels and Level 3 qualifications) and Thursday 20th August (GCSEs and Level 2 qualifications).

If you want to find out more about this national process, please visit this website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020

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What can I do if my results are not what I hoped for?

The school will provide all the normal support and advice needed to help with UCAS and applications for other courses or employment. If you decide that you want a chance to sit exams and try to achieve higher grades that you have been awarded this summer, there will be an autumn sitting for exams this year. The A Level autumn exams will be in October and the GCSE autumn Exams will be in November. These autumn exams are only for students who were entered this summer.

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Can I appeal my results?

No. There is no appeals process for students or their families this year. There is a very limited appeals process for schools only. This means we are able to appeal only if we believe an error has been made in the standardisation process. It is not possible to appeal on the grounds that a student or their family are disappointed with their results or that the results do not meet requirements for UCAS.

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Can I find out my Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs)?

Yes. The CAGs were confidential up until results day, but from then on they are available to students. If you want to find out your CAG, please inform our examinations team and they will release the information to you.

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Can I find out more about how the CAGs were calculated at BGGS?

Yes. If you want to know more about the process and checks we used in calculating the CAGs, please contact our examination team. 

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This flowchart shows your options this year.

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