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GCSE Results - Thursday 20th August

This year's GCSE results are a little different due to the COVID-19 crisis and we know this can be worrisome for both students and parents. That's why we've put together everything you need to know regarding your grading, options, and details on how to collect your results. 

Whether you need your GCSE grades to progress onto the next level, into university, an apprenticeship or your dream job we know how important results day can be!

 

How are the GCSE English and Maths being graded this year?

Students and parents would have received a letter from the college outlining how GCSE grades will be calculated. For this summer’s awards, schools and colleges are being asked to provide centre assessment 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. To make sure that grades are as fair as possible across schools and colleges, exam boards will put all centre assessment grades through a process of standardisation using a model being developed with Ofqual.

 

How do I get my results?

As an existing college student, you will receive a letter inviting you in on Thursday 20th August to collect your results. You are able to then come onsite to collect your results but it must within the allotted time slot, detailed in your letter. 

 

What happens on the day and are there any COVID-19 related restrictions?

Please pay particular attention to the following guidance prior to arriving on-site, we have regulations in place, following government guidance, to ensure everyone's safety.

  • You must enter the site through the Shorncliffe Road entrance only.
  • In the car park you will see 3 desks each of which will distribute specific surnames. Please look for the right desk to approach relating to your surename.
  • You must bring your student ID or other proof of ID with you to collect these results. If you have no ID, you will not be able to collect your results.
  • If there is a queue, then please ensure you stay at least 2m apart from the other people in the queue adhering to social distancing.
  • Once you have collected your result you must leave the college site immediately. There will be advice within your letter of support available if you did not get the results you were hoping for.
  • Please do not bring any friends or family with you on site. You must only attend the site on your own.
  • Please do not attend site if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or live with someone who has them or if you have had symptoms in the last 7 days.

 

What if I can't make the time slot I have been given?

If you are unable to come into College to collect your results, they will be posted out to you and should arrive at the address you have registered with us within a few days. Unfortunately, we are unable to give any results out over the phone. If you have changed address since enrolling with us last year and have not made the College Services team aware then please let us know in advance by emailing folkestone@eastkent.ac.uk, to ensure you will receive your results.

If you would like to send someone else to pick up your results, you will need to send an email to folkestone@eastkent.ac.uk and request permission and your nominated person must bring ID with them.

 

When will I receive my official certificates?

Your certificate will arrive at your College during the autumn, we will advise closer to this time how these will be distributed to you. 

 

My grades are not what I needed - what do I do now?

Don't panic! If your GCSE grades aren't what you expected there are still options available to you. If you have been given GCSE grade requirements you need to meet in order to study a course, then your first call or email should be to the college/university/apprenticeship provider to find out if they will still accept you. You might find that they are still able to offer you the same course, or they might make an alternative offer to you.

If the provider is unable to offer you a place then take some time to think about what else you might want to do, try to be open-minded and positive - it might not be what you planned for but that doesn't mean there are no good alternatives out there for you.

The College Careers adviser will be available to speak to should you want to discuss your options, unfortunately, we are unable to offer face to face meetings but let one of the College Services team know you would like a guidance appointment before you leave site and they can arrange that for you. Alternatively, email follkestone@eastkent.ac.uk at any time and they will be able to arrange that for you. 

 

Can I resit my exam next year at college?

Yes, all students who achieved Grades 3 for GCSE English and Maths will have the opportunity to re-sit their exam. Speak to a member of the GCSE team or your tutor about this.

 

Lastly, we wish you all the best of luck and look forward to celebrating your success with you!