Examination Information

Examinations are an important part of school life throughout a student’s time at the Maynard. This may take the form of external A-level or GCSE examinations or internal end of year assessments.

Update June 2021

Teacher assessed grades have been sent to the Exam Boards and the next step, after the quality assurance processes, will be results days on Tuesday 10 August for A-Level and Thursday 12 August for GCSE. There will be an Autumn exam session in October/ November 2021 for students wishing to re-take their qualification to gain a higher grade. Information about specific examination dates and times can be found on the relevant Exam Board’s website.

Information on collecting results, appeals and resits can be found in the following documents.

  1. Information for Candidates: Results, Appeals, Certificates
  2. JCQ Appeals Guidance and Application Form
  3. Autumn 2021 Re-sit form

Update May 2021

The easy-to-use ‘Student guide to awarding: summer 2021’ – published by Ofqual – is written especially for students and parents. It explains how the grades will be allocated by teachers and the quality assurance that will be undertaken by the school and the Exam Boards. It also contains important advice on where students in England and their families can go for more information and support, including with mental health concerns.

The new guide also outlines how students can appeal if they believe a grade is wrong. For most qualifications, students will have the option of sitting exams this autumn to improve their summer grade. As soon as the consultation findings are released by Ofqual the school will draw up an appeals policy for you to refer to.

Ofqual Guidance can be found here

You might find the timeline useful for references too which can be found here

How GCSEs and A Levels will be awarded – summer 2021

U5 and U6 Assessment Plan Summer 2021

Assessments will be carried out in the normal timetabled rooms with the usual teachers and at normal times where possible. We have made the sessions a little longer to cater for students with extra time to complete up to an hour’s worth of assessment tasks.

Art lessons will carry on at their normal lesson times as students will be working on portfolios.

During assessment weeks, U6 and U5 with permissions can leave the school site and study from home when they have no assessments later that day. Timetabled lessons between assessment sessions will carry on in assessment weeks; students can either carry on with their own supervised quiet revision, or make use of their teacher.

U5 will have a slightly different Week A / Week B timetable to make the number of lessons in each subject better distributed.

DatesMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridayU5 Week
PreparationINSET20 April21 April22 April23 AprilA
Assessment26 April27 April28 April29 April30 AprilB
PreparationBank Holiday4 May5 May6 May7 MayA
Assessment10 May11 May12 May13 May14 MayA
Preparation17 May18 May19 May20 May21 MayB
Assessment24 May25 May26 May27 May28 MayB
Half TermHalf TermHalf TermHalf TermHalf TermHalf TermHalf Term
Assessment7 June8 June9 June10 June11 JuneA
U5 Week A / Week B timetable

U5 Assessment Weeks

08:45-
10:00
09:00-
10:15
10:20-
11:35
11:30-
12:45
13:40-
14:55
MondayEnglish LiteratureRS
German
Spanish
TuesdayClassical Civilisation
French
Computing
Chemistry /
Combined Science
WednesdayEnglish LanguageGeography
Drama
ThursdayPhysics /
Combined Science
Biology /
Combined Science
Maths
FridayFood & NutritionLatin
Music
History
L5 Assessment Weeks

U6 Assessment Weeks

09:00-
10:15
10:20-
11:35
11:35-
12:50
13:40-
14:55
MondayPhysics
RS
Psychology
PE
Spanish
ChemistryMathematics
(including Further
Mathematics students)
TuesdayFurther Mathematics
Drama
EnglishBiology
WednesdayFurther MathematicsBiologyEconomics
French
Geography
Textiles
ThursdayChemistryHistory
Business
Physics
RS
Psychology
PE
Spanish
FridayEconomics
French
Geography
Textiles
EnglishMathematics
(including Further
Mathematics students)

Everything you need to know for summer 2021

The Department of Education’s website has the latest information on the exams and information can also be found on the Awarding Bodies’ websites below:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/coronavirus-updates

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/campaigns/united-kingdom-covid-19-coronavirus-update.html

https://www.ocr.org.uk/news/coronavirus-advice/

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/about-us/latest-news/coronavirus-centre-guidance


KEY DATES:

A-level results day: Tuesday 10 August 2021

GCSE results day: Thursday 12 August 2021

Deadline for Appeals:    

Centre Review- Priority (If your entry to university depends on the appeal): 16 August

Centre Review- Non-Priority: 3 September

Appeal to the Exam Board- Priority: 23 August

Appeal to the Exam Board- Non-Priority: 17 September

Deadline for entry Autumn Series:     

A-Level 8 September

GCSE October 4

Certificates: Released to centres in late October/ early November. They will be given out during Prize Giving Dec 2021.