Should you need to speak with staff, please email in the first instance to email@example.com providing your name and contact telephone number and some information about your needs and a member of staff will return your call at their earliest opportunity during school hours.
Year 13 Students:
If you have applied to university, UCAS track is available from 8am, where the university responses will be. The majority of applicants will gain their chosen place whether firm (1st) or insurance (2nd). However, some students may be eligible for Adjustment or may be required to use the Clearing or Clearing Plus Service and find a suitable course this way.
Adjustment is the opportunity for you to reconsider where and what to study. If you have had a conditional firm choice accepted – and therefore made into an unconditional firm choice – you could potentially swap your place for one on another course you prefer.
Adjustment is available from A level results day (13 August 2020) until 31 August. It is entirely optional, and a lot of competitive courses will be full – but other applicants might have missed their conditions or swapped a course too, so it could be worth seeing what is available.
- If you try Adjustment but you do not find anything, you'll still keep the course you gained on results day.
- You will see the option to register in Track. Your original UF choice will be safe while you are looking for another – you will only lose it if you confirm you'd like to go elsewhere and the new university/college adds themselves to your application.
- If originally you only applied for one course for the reduced fee of £20, you will have to pay the additional £5 to apply to more courses by making contact with school on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you find yourself unplaced, there are still plenty of universities and colleges looking for applicants.
- If applicants find themselves in Clearing, there will be a new button in Track called 'View matches'. If they click this, they can start browsing courses they have been matched to, based on their application and the student’s providers have told us they're looking for.
- If they find a course they want to be considered for, they can click an 'I'm interested' button, and their details will be passed to the university or college.
- If the university or college still has places, they may contact the applicant to discuss things further, and make an offer.
- If your students receive an offer, all that is left to do is add it as a Clearing choice – so their place can be confirmed.
Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. From 6 July – 20 October, you can apply for a course using Clearing if you are not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places. You can use Clearing if:
- you are applying after 30 June
- you did not receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
- you did not meet the conditions of your offers
- you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in Track
Further details are available on www.ucas.com and they provide telephone support over this period of time. UCAS can be contacted on 0371 468 0 468, please ensure you have your UCAS ID when you telephone and be prepared for call waiting times to be longer than would normally be expected.
Year 11 students:
As you may be aware, after significant concerns were raised last week as to the way a computer algorithm determined students’ A-level grades, the government has decided that, in the vast majority of cases, the GCSE grades that students receive will be based on their centre assessment grades (teachers’ professional judgements of the most likely grades that their students would have achieved if exams had gone ahead). That said, if a student’s calculated grades (the grades set by the examination board based on the computer algorithm) are higher than their centre assessment grade, the calculated grade will stand. *This does not apply to the BTEC subjects as a different algorithm was applied to non-attempted units, and as such the exam board calculated unit grades will be included in the overall grade.
The centre assessed grade is based upon a combination of the results from mock examinations, pre-public examination results, homework assignments and subject-specific interim assessments.
If your grades are higher than was expected and you wish to discuss your options further, or if you have changed your mind about returning to our 6th Form or wish to discuss applying to other schools or colleges, please email email@example.com providing your name and contact telephone number and some information about your needs and a member of staff will return your call at their earliest opportunity during school hours.