The information below is correct as of 20th April.

Thank you for your continued efforts in supporting learning. The engagement of Year 11 students continues to be overwhelmingly positive. This is in no small part to the role played by parents and carers in setting up a suitable working environment at home and encouraging good learning habits. We find ourselves in an ever-changing situation in regards to Covid-19 and there are many uncertainties surrounding Year 11 and GCSE exams but we will set out to answer any key questions you have and reassure you during this difficult time. This page will be continually updated as soon as new information is available and Year 11 parents and students will be alerted when there is an update.

Exam Timetable

Exam Letters

The latest information from JCQ which officially represents the exams is available here

https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf

Mr Cubbon wrote to all Y11 parents on Thursday 15th April to ask parents to complete a questionnaire. This is so that any families who believe their child has had particular issues or barriers, beyond those of the remaining LSA Year 11 cohort to declare any reasons why they  feel their child has been impacted by Covid19 or other factors which have specifically disadvantaged them. The deadline for completing the information is Wednesday 21st April at 9am.

The full letter is also available here.

The link to the questionnaire is here

The FAQ below should help answer your questions but if there's anything else, please contact us.

Published 20th April 2021
A full list of the assessments are on the website and are separated into two documents ‘assessments taking place in lessons’ and ‘assessments taking place in the Exam Hall’. The last day of full time attendance in school for Year 11 for all lessons is Monday, 17th May, up until 3pm. From Tuesday, 18th May to Wednesday, 26th May there will be a series of final assessments as shown the second attached schedule in Exam Halls. Students will only have one assessment per day and, therefore, will need to come into school wearing full uniform at the appropriate time of day and return home following the assessment. Individual assessment schedules including times, rooms and seat numbers will be issued shortly after the Easter break. The Mathematics assessment on 26th May will be last planned assessment. Whilst we are not currently planning to ask students back into school after 26th May, students will still need to be available to attend until Thursday, 17th June. This is so that any gaps in assessment evidence or missing assessments can be completed before the deadline for schools to send grades to the exam boards on 18th June.
Published 20th April 2021
You will not find out your grades until the official results day on 12th August. More details will follow on how this day will be organised. It will be very much like a usual results day in that the exam boards will provide schools with the grades that we will share with students on the day. Please don’t ask teacher to tell you your grades before the 12th August. Schools have been told they must not share grades with students and parents. Furthermore, schools have been told to record incidences of students or parents putting undue pressure on teachers and schools. Students will be issued with their final school report in the last week of April. This will indicate if you are performing broadly above, at or working towards your expected grades.
Published - 19th January 2021
Last updated - 20th April 2021
Ofqual made a general exams announcement on 25th February. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021 
The main points of the Ofqual guidance are:
The main GCSE summer exams have been cancelled so teachers in schools will submit a grade to the exam boards based on:
  • ‘The standard at which their student is performing’ based upon ‘students demonstrated knowledge, understanding and skills’ and ‘only on the areas of content they have taught’.
  • ‘Teachers’ judgements should be based on a range of evidence relating to the subject content that your teachers have delivered, either in the classroom or via remote learning’.
  • ‘Teachers will be able to use evidence about your performance gathered throughout your course to inform their judgement. This might include work that you have already completed, mock exam results, homework or in-class tests. Your teachers may also use questions from exam boards, largely based on past papers….’

None Exam Assessment (coursework) will be completed as far as possible and will contribute to the final grade.

GCSE Art will be graded by portfolio only.

Separate judgements are made for the speaking elements of French, German and English Language.

Published - 22nd January 2021
Last updated - 20th April 2021
A range of post-lockdown assessments across March, April and May will allow LSA teachers to build upon the existing evidence they already have for every student.
All assessments to be completed around 26th May so the final grades checking processes can be completed for the exam boards. Please note students must be available until 18th June un case additional assessments are required.
Most subjects will set ‘little and often’ assessments in classrooms, mostly during normal lesson times. Some class-based assessments have been scheduled earlier than others so that teachers can provide students with the feedback they need to improve in advance of later assessments.
English, Maths, Science, History and Geography will use classroom assessments as well as additional assessments that will take place in the Sports Hall in April and May (Covid-19 guidance will be adhered to).
Please note that a single disappointing post lockdown assessment will not override an otherwise good performance.
Students should try to see each assessment as an opportunity, not a threat! Students should try not to worry about post lockdown assessments until we confirm dates and topics on SatchelOne and on the school website. Parents will also be emailed a list of assessments.
Dates and topics for assessments will be announced in time for students to prepare.
Published - 22nd January 2021
Last updated - 20th April 2021
  • Please just focus on the work being delivered and set by your teachers.
  • Act upon the advice given by the teachers on the consultation on 4th and 5th March.
  • Do your best to ‘not overthink’ the bigger picture of learning until you find out more.
  • Ask for help as necessary just as you would do normally.
  • Contact school for any wider support that you need, we are here to help.

We will tell you when you have to prepare for an assessment that will ‘count’, but please remember any assessments will help provide teachers with more evidence to confirm your grade and should be seen as an opportunity to show what you can do rather than a threat to your previous grades.

A list of assessments are available above.

Published - 22nd January 2021
Last updated - 20th April 2021
Change to a report will be issued during the last 2 weeks of April. This will remind students of all the tracking grades shown on reports since Y9. Please note that official ofqual guidance states ‘more recent evidence’ will be ‘weighted more heavily’ towards the final grade.
The April 2021 report will show if a student is working above, working at or working towards their expected grade. It will not show an actual grade. If a students is judged to be working at their expected grade range it’s important to note this could be closer to the lower grade or closer to the upper grade expected.
Published - 22nd January 2021
Last updated - 22nd January 2021
This will depend on the local and national situation and the associated restrictions. We expect it to be similar to last year in that very sadly we won’t be able to have a prom, but that we will produce a yearbook and also sell leavers’ hoodies. There will be more information to follow on this once we know what will be possible
Published - 2nd March 2021
Last updated - 2nd March 2021
LSA teachers are committed to doing the best for our students. They will follow the processes required by the exam boards with professionalism and diligence whilst striving to give LSA students the best chances going forward into future education, training and employment.
There are some details to be confirmed by the exam boards for 2021, but the system LSA used in for the 2020 will have many similarities to 2021. The expected steps in 2021 are:
  • Teachers consider evidence from previous assessments and post-lockdown assessments. The setting and marking of these assessments is standardised and moderated so it is fair for all students. The post lockdown assessments (described in Question 2) add to the existing range of earlier evidence. Teachers enter the grades according to ‘the standard at which their student is performing’ based upon ‘student demonstrated knowledge, understanding and skills’ and ‘only on the areas of content they have taught’.
  • Teams of teachers for each subject will then work together to review the teacher grade Every grade will be reviewed by at least one other subject teacher and/or the subject leader. Further ‘moderation’ and reviews of evidence will check that students in all classes are treated fairly. Subject leaders check LSA judgement are in line with national exam board guidance, e.g. ‘A grade 5 candidate should be able to ….’
  • Senior teachers will then work with the subject leaders to make a final check before the grades are sent to the exam boards Processes carried out by teachers and subject leaders above will be checked including: Consistency across different classes and for different groups of students. Exam board guidance and processes have been followed correctly. Specific checks on students in unique circumstances. Checking the overall spread of grades is similar to previous cohorts of students who sat exams at LSA. This is something the exam board will check before confirming LSA’s grades. This will help our current students due to the strong performance of previous year cohorts.
  • There is an appeals process and an opportunity to re-sit the exams When the grades are released to students on results day, planned for the 12th August, there is an appeals process in which the student can appeal to their school. The school can address and correct administrative errors. Other issues will involve the exam board checking the evidence the school has used. If the correct processes have not been followed by the school, then the grade will be changed either up or down by the exam board. The grade will not be changed ‘as a result of marginal difference of opinion’. There is an ‘autumn series’ of exams so that students can ‘re-take’ subjects if they want to improve their grade.
Published - 24th March 2021
We are aware some families are trying to plan holiday dates for June and July so we are sharing the following dates and information. This is correct at the time of writing and unlikely to change.
Assessments will continue in lessons after the Easter break as per the attached schedule.
The last day of full time attendance in school for Year 11 for all lessons is Monday, 17th May, up until 3pm.
From Tuesday, 18th May to Wednesday, 26th May there will be a series of final assessments as shown the second attached schedule in Exam Halls. Students will only have one assessment per day and, therefore, will need to come into school at the appropriate time of day and return home following the assessment. Individual assessment schedules including times, rooms and seat numbers will be issued shortly after the Easter break. The Mathematics assessment on 26th May will be last planned assessment.
Whilst we are not currently planning to ask students back into school after 26th May, students will still need to be available to attend until Thursday, 17th June. This is so that any gaps in assessment evidence or missing assessments can be completed before the deadline for schools to send grades to the exam boards on 18th June.
We are hoping to provide a series of optional taster sessions for students who are considering certain college courses to assist the transition to college. These will take place between 21st June and 23rd July. Year 11 students will be given an opportunity to sign up for the sessions for which they have an interest.
GCSE results day is Thursday, 12th August. Further details regarding the arrangements will be available closer to the date.