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Letter to Parents – Examination Results Days Information – August 2022

18 July 2022

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are writing to you today to provide you with more detailed information on the arrangements for A level and GCSE Results Days in August. The remainder of this letter is in the style of a Frequently Asked Questions document to help bring some clarity to what is a unique process for this year’s arrangements.

Q1: When can students collect their A level (and Level 3 equivalent) results?

A level / Level 3 Results Day – Thursday 18th August: Dining Hall

A level / Level 3 Results Day for Year 13 students (and those with BTEC units in Year 12) will be on Thursday 18th August and students will be invited to collect results from 10:00am. (More information on support and guidance available on the day can be found in Q6 later in the letter)

Q2: When can students collect their GCSE (and Level 2 equivalent) results?

GCSE Results Day – Thursday 25th August: Sports HallFormTime Slot
GCSE Results Day will be on Thursday 25th August and students will be invited to collect results from 9:30am
An appointment system will be in effect and students will be provided with a specific time slot to arrive at school to collect their results. 
Results will be given out in 15 minute slots for each Tutor group as seen to the right.
Students wishing to stay on at Holyhead Sixth Form will be able to enrol on the day. There will be support on hand from teachers and staff for students, especially for those requiring additional guidance with college or Sixth Form places. We have also organised for the Birmingham Careers Service to be present as well as representatives from Sixth Form colleges.
Form 11A09:30 – 09:45am
Form 11B09:45 – 10:00am
Form 11C10:00 – 10:15am
Form 11D10:15 – 10:30am
Form 11E10:30 – 10:45am
Form 11F10:45 – 11:00am
Form 11G11:00 – 11:15am
Form 11H11:15 – 11:30am
Form 11I11:30 – 11:45am
Form 11J11:45am – 12:00pm
Y12/13 students who are expecting to collect GCSE results in English, Maths or Economics will be able to collect these from a Sixth Form specific table in the Sports Hall on GCSE Results Day. There will be no set time slot for these students and they can collect at any point between 9:30am and 12:30pm.

Q3: What happens if I can’t collect my results on the day?

If you know that you will be away for Results Day or if you are unable to attend due to ill health /unforeseen circumstances, you should inform the school by emailing Results2022@holyheadschool.org.uk

The following options for the collection of results are available to you:

  • We will be able to send your results to you by email on Results Day if you inform us of your preference for this. Results will be sent to you on the day itself.
  • You can nominate a family member to collect your results from school in person on Results Day, however, you will need to have completed a ‘Consent to Collect’ form and returned this to the school reception by Thursday 21st July.
  • You can collect your results from the school reception after Results Day. There will be reception staff on site from Tuesday 23rd August, excluding the August Bank Holiday and the Tuesday following.
  • If you have not collected your results by Monday 5th September, we will send these to your home address by post. Please ensure that your address details are accurate on Arbor.

Q4: Is there an appeals process this year?

Unlike the previous two years where grades were decided by schools following either the Centre Assessed Grades or Teacher Assessed Grades process, and where appeals against grades were made to the schools in the first instance, a return to external exams means appeals are far simpler. Examination remarks will be requested by the school for all students within 5 UMS (Uniform Mark Scale) of the next grade, however, these appeals can only be made with the signed consent of the student. 

Where this situation occurs, students will be informed on the day and asked to complete a JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) consent form. Students who are not able to collect their results on the day will need to sign a consent form in person.

To manage expectations, requesting a remark of scripts does not automatically lead to a change in grade, in fact the vast majority of remarks see no change to results. It is for this reason that the school has placed a limit of 5 UMS marks away from the next grade on the appeals we send.    

Q5: Y11 students only – What support will there be if I’m not sure about my options for Post-16?

Hopefully, by the time you get your results you will have made a clear choice about what you want to study and where, however, you may be in a situation where either the results you achieve mean you may need to change your plans, or where you have had second thoughts. 

Whatever your situation we will have trained members of staff from inside and outside of Holyhead on hand to support you with your choices. The Sixth Form team at Holyhead will be helping students to enrol in the Sixth Form, whilst we will be having assistance from careers advisers from the Birmingham Careers Service. We have also invited representatives from a range of college providers to come along on GCSE Results Day, and we are awaiting confirmation of their attendance. 

Please ensure on the day that wherever you intend to continue your studies, you inform staff collecting destinations on Results Day, as we have a requirement to send this information off to the Department for Education and Birmingham City Council.

Q6: Y13 students only – What should I do if I don’t get into my first choice of university?

First, don’t panic. On A level Results Day you will be able to speak to members of the Sixth Form Team about your options. You may wish to go through Clearing, or sit the autumn exams in 2022 or summer exams in 2023 to try to improve your grade whilst reapplying to university through UCAS. We will have a team of staff in school on Thursday 18th August to help to support you with your decisions and to assist with students wishing to apply to universities through the Clearing process.

I hope that you find this helpful, however, should you have any further questions that have not been answered in this document or through the information on the school website, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the Exams Office email address (Results2022@holyheadschool.org.uk) and we will be happy to reply to these enquiries.

Thank you for your time in reading this and we as a school continue to wish you and your family good health. 

Yours sincerely,

Mr D Knox
Deputy Principal – Quality of Education