13th June 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
All examinations, both internal and external are either in session or have now finished and the girls will soon be looking forward to their summer holidays.
We are therefore writing with a few pieces of useful information relating to the reporting of examination results:
9-1 Grading system for GCSE
This summer almost all of the GCSE courses studied at Wychwood will have moved over to the new 9-1 grading system. This replaces the old A*-G system and allows for greater differentiation between the highest grades. Whilst we cannot say exactly which grades in the old system are equivalent to which grades in the new system, Ofqual have published a useful chart showing broadly how the systems will compare with one another. This can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcse-new-grading-scale-factsheets
In the new 9-1 system, a grade 4 is considered a pass and a 5 is considered a strong pass.
Girls who have sat internal examinations in the Upper Transits will have 9-1 grades showing on their reports. This is an estimate of the GCSE grade their examination result was equivalent too. These are still quite tentative estimates since in most subjects this summer’s cohort is the second to experience the new 9-1 grading system in many subjects.
Trilogy Science (the GCSE course in which students study all three sciences, but each with less content than the separate physics, chemistry, and biology GCSEs) results in two GCSEs being awarded and therefore two grades being issued. These will be either the same or adjacent to one another with the higher one being stated first eg 6,5. More guidance from Ofqual about these grades can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/new-gcse-9-to-1-grades-coming-soon
Internal school examinations are valuable practice for sitting GCSEs and A Levels. They allow the girls to experience having to revise and retain a great deal of information and then use it in a formal examination situation. When girls under perform it is often extremely beneficial to resit an equivalent paper after time for further consolidation. It gives them a focus for reviewing material and it allows a confidence boost once the student has shown that they are capable of achieving well. Where staff feel it would be beneficial for a girl to resit one of their examinations they will discuss this with them concerned before the end of term. These resit examinations will be held during prep time in the first week back of the Michaelmas term. If your daughter resits an examination you will be informed of the result in September.
If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.