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UPDATE EXAMS 14th August Sixth Form

Wednesday, 12 August 2020
UPDATE EXAMS 14th August Sixth Form

An update regarding A level Examination grades.

UCAS has emailed all students to make them aware of these changes and to confirm what this means for them. If the grade your students receive tomorrow is lower than their AS, WJEC will provide a revised grade as soon as possible.
In the meantime, please advise your students to contact their university or college to let them know.

Take care and stay safe.


Examination update 13.08.2020 from Mr Slade

As you will be aware, the Welsh Government issued a statement on 12.08.2020 which referred to the A Level (A2) outcomes. Please see a copy of the statement from Qualifications Wales below. The statement made refers to the fact that some A level grades will increase, if the learner’s AS grade is higher than their current A level grade.
At the time of writing this, I have not had information to tell you exactly what will happen and when. I assume that the WJEC will be generating and awarding ’revised’ grades for some student s in some subjects.
When I have the definitive information I will publish details on the website, I will use Facebook and twitter to publish this.
Where ’revised’ grades are used, I will make the necessary arrangements to distribute to the students concerned.
To end on a positive note, it was great to meet with so many of our students ’face to face’ for the first time in months. The overwhelming majority of our Year 13 have gained a university place and all at our school wish them the very best.
I will be in touch once again when I have the required details.

Andrew Slade
Head Teacher

Qualifications Wales Statement regarding A level grades August 2020

Today (12 August), the Minister for Education issued Qualifications Wales with a Direction.

A level grades for publication on 13 August

This Direction requires us to pay due regard to Welsh Government’s new policy that A level learners should not receive a grade outcome in a subject in Summer 2020 that is lower than their corresponding AS level grade. This rule is being introduced after the initial release of results by WJEC to schools and colleges. Therefore, learners receiving their A level grades tomorrow should look at the grade awarded to see if it is the same, higher or lower than their AS level grade in that subject.

If the grade is the same or higher, then no action is required.

If, however, the grade is lower it will be replaced with the same grade as that received for the AS level - revised grades will be issued by WJEC as soon as possible. If necessary, learners wishing to progress to Higher Education should contact their prospective university to advise them of the change. Universities will already be aware of the AS grades awarded as they will have been reported on the UCAS application form. Some learners may have taken AS units, but not made a request to ’cash in’ for the AS level award. In these circumstances, WJEC will reissue the A level grade as though the AS had been cashed in.

We have contacted UCAS for this statement to be shared with admissions staff in HE.

Grounds for appeal

The Minister’s Direction also asks us to consider whether the grounds for appeal can be broadened for all A level, AS level and GCSE qualifications. We have already published guidance outlining the grounds for appeal and will now reconsider the grounds already cited. We expect to provide more information on appeals early next week.

AS / A-level Results 2020 - Information for learners and parents about results and appeal processes

We are looking forward to welcoming back learners in years 12 and 13 to receive their AS, A-level and other post-16 results on Thursday 13th August. We are fully aware that this has been a very challenging period for everyone, and recognise that learners and parents may be anxious about receiving these results.

The awarding process being employed this year is complex and has never been used before. The examining board (WJEC) and regulatory body (Qualifications Wales) have produced useful information to help explain how results have been determined, and the processes associated with appeals.

Qualifications Wales has developed an information pack to support the understanding of the processes taken to award grades in summer 2020. This information provides an overview on:
- the standardisation process
- vocational qualifications
- fairness and equality
- WJEC’s appeals process
- progression
- what next for learners.

As always, we want to do everything we can to support learners to progress to the next stage of their education or employment. There may be cases this year where a learner’s Centre Assessed Grade (CAG) would have guaranteed that progression, but the final calculated grade makes this less certain. Senior staff will be available to offer advice and help with any queries or concerns you may have.

A: Arrangements for receiving results - Thursday 13th August
We have already provided information about how to receive your results, and the control measures we have had to put in place at school. We are continuing to follow stringent control measures. In particular, this means:

- ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school to pick up results
- ensuring good hand and respiratory hygiene
- an enhanced cleaning regime
- minimising contact and mixing as far as possible.
- practise social distancing in line with current government guidance. This includes operating a one-way system in order to enter and exit venues.

All results are available for collection from the Sixth Form Hall. Results will be available for Year 13 learners (A-level results) between 8.30 - 10.30 a.m. Results will be available for Year 12 learners (AS results) between 10.45 and 12.00 a.m.
Results for learners not able to attend in person will be posted home, as communicated previously. To conform with GDPR regulations we are only able to provide results to learners.
B: Centre Assessment Grades

Teachers at Porthcawl Comprehensive School know their learners well and we are confident that we have assessed grades with a high degree of accuracy. The CAGs submitted to the exam boards were agreed by the school following an internal quality assurance process; this means that they are not the sole responsibility of any individual teacher.

We understand it may feel confusing and unfair where there is a difference between a CAG and the final grade awarded by the exam board. However, all CAGs submitted to the examining boards have been subject to a statistical standardisation model developed by Qualifications Wales and the awarding body. The aim of this standardisation process applied by the exam boards is to ensure that grades awarded this year are consistent with those awarded to other cohorts in previous years. This may mean that the final result does not necessarily reflect the grade submitted by the school.

If learners wish to know the CAG, they can receive this information on request, via the e-mail address [email protected] For data protection reasons, any request for CAGs must made by the student, rather than by their parents or carers. We will aim to provide you with this information within 7 working days following receipt of your request.

C: Appeals

Dissatisfaction with the grades issued by the exam board does not constitute grounds for appeal, unless there is evidence that there has been a technical error by the centre or the board.

Guidance on appeals has been provided by the WJEC and can be found via the following link:


Please remember, it is only the school who can appeal on your behalf.

An Appeal can only be made on one or more of the following grounds:

1. School / college error - there was an administrative error in the CAG
submitted to the exam board.
2. An error in calculating or issuing results made by the exam board.
3. Procedural grounds: The exam board did not apply standardisation or appeals procedures consistently, or the procedures were not followed properly and fairly.

An Appeal cannot be made on the following grounds:

1. A student disagrees with their centre assessment grade and/or position in the rank order.
2. Professional judgements by a teacher.
3. The standardisation model(s).

If you wish to complete an appeals request, please e-mail [email protected]

Finally, we are conscious that this has been a difficult and anxious time for you as a result of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We know that there is still uncertainty about these results and we will do everything we can to support you over the next few days and weeks.

We wish you the very best of luck.

A Slade

Letter from Mr Slade 15th July 2020

Dear Learner, Parent, Carer,
Porthcawl Comprehensive School September 2020 : Return to School Plan
As you will be aware the Welsh Government has taken the decision to welcome learners back to school in September. Over the past few weeks we have been delighted to welcome back groups of learners. To comply with the requirements we had to operate with greatly reduced numbers. I would like to congratulate the learners for their remarkable resilience having been through such a difficult time in their young lives. I would like to thank parents and carers for their much valued support. The remote learning via ’’Google Classroom’’ was very well received and I thank all for their ’’home schooling’’ support over the past months. Perseverance is part of the school motto and we have all needed a great deal of perseverance to have successfully navigated through the past months and I thank all who are part of our school.
All families will have received the letter from Mr Harvey, Director of Education, BCBC. In his letter Mr Harvey has made public the approach to be taken by all schools in BCBC in respect of schools opening for September.

I would like to provide more operational detail as to how our school will welcome back all of our learners.

Once a learner has started, normal school will continue as others re-join us.

Would each learner in Years 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 please check the school website to find out their form teacher and form room.

1. Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd September
The school will be closed for pupils. All staff will be in school to plan, prepare and re-purpose the school in readiness for learners’ return.

2. Friday 4th September
Welcome and induction for Years 7, 12 and 13 only
Year 7 Learners will arrive at school in the Primary School groupings :-
08.45 All ’’out-catchment’’ learners
09.00 Newton and Porthcawl Primary
09.15 West Park Primary
09.30 Nottage Primary

The Year 7 learners will be met by myself and senior staff and we will escort the learners to meet their new Year 7 form tutor. Year 7 will have a tutor period, tour of the school followed by lessons. Mrs Sloggett will be available to deal with all queries.

Year 12 learners are asked to arrive at school at the normal start time of 08.45am. May I ask all Year 12 learners to make their way to their new 6th Form registration room. We will run a return to school tutor period prior to lessons commencing.
Year 13 will also please arrive for 08.45. I would like all Year 13 to make their way to their current form room where their form tutor will welcome them. We will run a return to school tutor period prior to lessons commencing.

3. Monday 7th September
Year 10 and 11 will be welcomed back. Please arrive at school at the normal time of 08.45. I would like Year 10 to make their way to their new form class. We will run an extended welcome back tutor period before lessons commence.
Year 11 arrive at the normal start time 08.45 and please make their way to their form room. We will run a welcome back tutorial followed by lessons.

4. Tuesday 8th September
Years 8 and 9 will be welcomed back. Please arrive at the normal start time of 08.45. I would like Year 8 and 9 to make their way to their form room where their tutor will be waiting to greet them. As with all year groups we will run a welcome back tutorial before lessons commence.
The most valuable element of the return to school will be the resumption of face to face teaching. As a school we have and will continue to develop our remote learning and blended learning approaches.
The Welsh Government will be publishing detailed technical guidance on the safe operating of schools. Naturally we will be mindful of the guidance. Each time we make a change as instructed by Welsh Government or BCBC, I will share the detail with all. The return to school will not be a complete ’’business as usual’’ as we will continue to operate many of our safety measures to protect all at school. The Welsh Government has recently published the ’’operational guidance for schools and settings for the Autumn Term’’. This document contains very detailed guidance on how to organize the school to best meet the challenge faced by the Covid-19 outbreak. The key challenge for all of us is to ensure all of the school are aware of the measures we have in place and that all adhere to the measures to keep us all safe. Through the summer, in readiness for September, I will send home ’’Leaner Advice bulletins’’ which will provide details of the safety measures we will implement. Naturally I expect many learners and their families will be anxious about the September return. My hope is that by sharing information and answering questions we can reduce the anxiety felt by some. Should anyone have a specific query about the September return please forward the query to [email protected] and we will attempt to answer.
I would like to conclude with a sincere vote of thanks to all for what we have had to endure over the past months. The commitment and dedication of all associated with our school has been outstanding: thanks to one and all.

A Slade

Porthcawl Comprehensive School

Results Day Plans August 2020

I write to explain how we plan to provide learners with their results. These arrangements will apply to learners in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 who will be expecting results for courses entered. We plan to operate the results service in roughly the same way as normal with the addition of social distancing being observed. As we will be applying the current social distancing rules there may well be the need for a queue to form so please be patient. To conform with GDPR regulations we will provide LEARNERS AND LEARNERS ONLY with their results. In the event of a learner not being able to collect their results the school will post to the home address. Any changes to address please email via [email protected] . Please be sure to be at the correct venue at the correct time otherwise we may not be able to issue results.

Year 13 Results Day Thursday 13th August
Results will be issued in the Sixth Form Hall. Learners will enter the building by the rear door. There will be desks set up and labelled alphabetically by surname. Once results have been collected each learner will leave via the front doors of the Sixth Form Hall.
This results service will operate from 08.30 - 10.30.

Year 12 Results Day Thursday 13th August
Results will be available for collection from the Jubilee Theatre. Learners will enter the building via the front door and results will be available from desks in the theatre. The results will be available alphabetically by surname. Once results are collected the learner will exit the theatre via the rear doors of the theatre.
This results service will operate from 10.45 - 12.00.
Year 11 Results Day Thursday 20th August
Results will be available for collection from the Sixth Form Hall. Learners will enter the building via the rear door. Desks will be set up in the room and results will be issued by form class. Once results have been collected each learner will exit via the front doors.
This results service will operate from 08.30 - 10.30.

Year 10 Results Day Thursday 20th August
Some learners will have been entered for Applied Science and English Literature. The results for these learners will be posted home and should arrive Friday 21st August. If you have recently moved home please ensure we have the correct address. Any change please e-mail via [email protected] .

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