Year 11 Updates
Last updated: 18th August 2020
Following a tumultuous week in education, that we are sure you have been following in the media, we are now in a position to give you some final information regarding the pending GCSE results…
Examination Grades and Results Day
The Government has now announced the following: ‘On Thursday [20th August 2020], schools and colleges will inform students of the GCSE centre assessed grades, and official results will be released next week’.
What does this mean?
The predicted grades that teachers submitted earlier this year are going to be awarded to students, in place of the moderated grades that had been planned. These moderated grades will, however, be released to students next week. Details of this release are to be confirmed.
The Government has also stated that ‘If a student’s calculated [moderated] grade was higher than the centre assessed grade, then their calculated grade will stand’.
What does this mean?
The grades that students receive on Thursday are the MINIMUM grades that they will get for each subject. If the grade that a teacher predicted for a student is LOWER than that awarded through the moderation process, the higher grade will stand.
We hope that this information will provide reassurance for students and parents alike, after what has been a worrisome and stressful wait for these exam results.
Recent official updates
This is the latest official release from the Government relating to exam results:
How can I get my results?
There are two ways to access your results:
1. Come in and collect them from school on the 20th August:
- School will be open at 10am for students to collect their exam results; results will be issued in the school hall.
- Under the new re-opening schools guidance, we are treating the year group as a bubble so they can interact with each other, however they should maintain social distancing of at least one-metre wherever possible.
- Staff should maintain the two-metre distancing so please respect this.
- There will be a system of control in place, like those that you see in shops – hand sanitiser etc…
- Please be aware that if the hall becomes overcrowded there may need to be a queue in operation. Thank you in advance for your patience.
- Staff will be on hand, and we will be able to offer advice about your next steps.
2. Results can be emailed to you:
- Students need to request this by sending an email from your school account to the school enquiry line: email@example.com
- If you cannot remember your email password please click here for help accessing it: Request Support
Is there an appeals process?
Arrangements for appeals
We understand that there will be a process for students who wish to appeal their awarded grade, but we are awaiting details of this. We will update you as soon as we know more.
Can I re-sit my exams if I am unhappy with the grade?
We do not envisage many students wanting to re-sit exams, given the new information regarding the awarding of results. Nevertheless, we are awaiting confirmation of arrangements for resitting exams. We will update you as soon as we know more.
Dear Year 11,
These messages of support come to you at the end of what would have been your first week of GCSE exams. I am sure that the uncertainty of the situation is causing you anxiety however, preparing for and trying to sit your exams in these current circumstances would have been ultimately much worse.
Many of your teachers wanted to share some messages with you, check them out below.
My message is simple –
- We miss you; it is all too strange not seeing you in school.
- Do some work! Prepare for Year 12 – wherever it may lead you!
- Send in your year book entries so we can make it a year book to remember.
- See you soon – when this is over we will plan an event of some sort to mark your “graduation” and say a proper goodbye.
Are there any other goodbyes planned?
We are keen to start putting the Year book together. So please get your contributions into school via the website.
These are strange times and it is hard to plan anything; however, it is our aim to invite our 2020 leavers back in for an informal social afternoon, maybe to share some food with staff and catch up with them about what they are up to. Hopefully we will be able to do this sooner rather than later.
Are you looking after yourself and looking out for your mates?
It is almost impossible to not be anxious; you would have been anxious preparing for your examinations too. Of course, this is a different type of anxiety, as you probably have more questions than answers. We have more information on dealing with any anxiety you may be feeling. Click here to read more about Kooth a dedicated website with real people to talk to (this link will take you to the ‘Looking After Yourself’ webpage).
What shall I do with my time?
Look now to your future; this is a great time to get ahead. KNGS has promised to provide us with the A-Level prep work that they are going to release this term to their students. As soon as it is available, we will get it to you. In the meantime, seek out the information on A-Level work that Mr Hodgetts has kindly posted on SMH. There is a huge number of resources and work there for you to get your teeth into.
You could, of course, be writing up your stories and experiences to provide articles for the Yearbook…
POST 16 Preparation
1. Pearson Active Learn
Pearson has made a large number of its electronic textbooks available free of charge during the current pandemic. They produce a large number of textbooks for both A-Level and Vocational post 16 courses. This package only contains books published by Pearson and you may well find that you use a different textbook produced by a different publisher next year. Even so, the Pearson books will be a good introduction to any post 16 course of the same name.
We have set up accounts for each student in Y11 so that you can access the Active Learn package which contains all of these books, so that you can read ahead and even attempt some of the activities in these books to prepare you for next year.
The web address is www.pearsonactivelearn.com and you will need to find your username and password in the .pdf document hosted on SMH. If you have any problems, please feel free to send Mr Hodgetts a message through SMH.
2. KNGS - Prep work
We have worked collaboratively with the Girl’s school to share materials that will help you prepare for your year 12 studies. You will find these resources and activities available in the GCSE HUB, Post 16 section.
Thank you to KNGS staff.
3. Halesowen College - Prep work
Please find below some useful links for any boys who have applied or are considering applying to Halesowen College. Keep checking their website on a regular basis as they will soon be adding some targeted, subject-specific activities to help our students prepare for post-16 education.
There is further information on the Halesowen College channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWkZZXZ0C8AhsZsde9GsZ6g
2020 Leavers Yearbook proposal...
We are aware that the ending of your secondary school career has occurred under very strange circumstances. Nevertheless, we are keen to celebrate the end of your school education as much as possible, and to ensure that you leave us with a tangible reminder of the memories of your school years. Therefore, I am happy to announce the production of a 2020 Leavers Yearbook. We hope that this will be a wonderful celebration of your time at KNBS and a piece of social history.
As part of the preparation for the Yearbook, we would like all students to send us:
- your best memory
- your funniest story
- your top three members of staff
- your aspirations for the future
- your advice to our younger students
- a quote from you to feature in the Yearbook
- your best trip (including the reasons why).
- send any pictures you have from your time at KNBS
- let us know if you are happy to contribute articles for the Yearbook, reporting on trips and events that you have been involved with.
You can send this information to 2020Yearbook@knbs.co.uk
We know how important leaving secondary school is – it is a rite of passage and it marks one of the key milestones in your life. We don’t want this moment to pass unmarked, and it would be great for as many students as possible to be able to contribute to the Yearbook. We hope you will be able to share your memories with everyone and we look forward to your contributions.