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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Examinations Information

Examinations update 27.03.20

Update from Ofqual about Summer examinations

Ofqual, the government body for regulating public examinations, has published the following statement on its website:

Statement by Ofqual on 26.3.20

We are rapidly working up plans to implement the arrangements the Secretary of State for Education has set out for exams this summer and, with exam boards and teaching bodies, are making considerable progress.


Students understandably want reassurance, and teachers urgently need to know what to do, and when. We expect to publish detailed information about the process and timetable which will apply this summer next week. This will include the steps we would like teachers to follow and more detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence they will have available when submitting their assessment grades. We are talking to teaching representatives to make sure that what we are planning is manageable and appropriate, so that students, parents, carers and teachers can have confidence in the approach.


We will outline by Easter the process we will follow to make sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as our proposals for appeals. We will also say more as soon as possible about the arrangements for additional exams in the new academic year.


We want to reassure students waiting for news that we are doing everything we can to make sure they are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances.


Action in school

At the moment, Year 11 and Year 13 students should continue to do the work that their teachers have already set for them to do at home or completing the general work listed on the ‘Home Study’ page on the website. Year 11 students can also access the GCSE-pod and Pixl resources and Year 13 students also have resources in the folder of work in Year 13 Teams. Students should not panic about revising for examinations: teachers will take on board information about how examinations will run when these details are received in school and the school will advise students on the best way to prepare.

Examinations update: 23.3.20

Dear Year 11 and Year 13 parents, carers and students,

Please find below two announcements from the Government about the cancellation of this year’s public examinations and a letter explaining our next steps, at Blackfen School.  

Yours sincerely,

Miss F Minnis,

Deputy Headteacher

Examinations update: 26.3.20

'Calculated grades'/Examination revision


The school is grateful to Year 11 and Year 13 parents and students for their enquiries regarding the published information about 'calculated grades' and forthcoming examination opportunities.  


At the current time, examination students do not need to request additional work from teachers in order to improve their final grades. They should continue to complete work that has already been set by their teachers to do as home study, which might include outstanding coursework in their current units of study for GCSE, BTEC, A-Level or EPQ courses. Year 11 students can access the “Independence booklets” that contain work for a range of subjects for all Level 3 courses. Year 13 students can use resources from the ‘Year 13 School Closure resources’ folder, in Year 13 Teams, that contains reading lists for university students and a variety of careers links, as well as 'Unifrog' to check an Apprenticeship opportunities. 


We will advise Year 11 and Year 13 students on the next steps to take regarding revision, as soon as this information is published and the school has worked out the best way to support students revising at home. We aim to keep parents and students updated on examination information and are grateful for your patience and support, in this matter.  


Miss Minnis

Deputy Headteacher