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Exams, Assessments & Reporting 

GCSE Results Day 2021

We are very proud of all the students at Orchard School receiving their results today. This year group has worked hard throughout their GCSE years and today they walk away with a set of strong, well-deserved grades. 

Orchard School’s results are improving year on year and our 2021 results prove once again that we are a seriously good school with results in line with other seriously good schools up and down the country.  

We know that the last 18 months through Covid have impacted significantly on students everywhere, but the resilience our Year 11s have shown is highly impressive; their determination to keep focused on their learning and work exceptionally hard has given our students excellent results that will support them into A Levels, technical courses and apprenticeships. We wish them all the very best in their future studies.

 Year 11 results day was Thursday 12th August.  It was great to have Year 11 students joining us in the assembly hall to celebrate their GCSE and technical course results.  Any students who were not able to attend will receive their results in the post.

This year student's GCSE and Technical course grades are based on teacher assessed grades (TAGs) which are the result of a detailed and carefully planned policy in action.  The process has enabled students to  receive grades which reflect what they can do.  Students have shown highly impressive resilience and determination to keep focused on their learning and work exceptionally hard through challenging times.   We are very proud of all the students receiving their grades this summer.

 All students will receive a copy of the following letter in their results envelope today.  The letter contains useful information and links to important documents, including information on next steps, enrolling on Post 16 courses and appeals.  Please find a copy here:

View document letters/year_11_summer_2021_results_and_appeals_information_students_august_2021.pdf

 If a student is considering an appeal on a grade they will need to read the letter above and access the documents via the links in the letter above or in the pdfs below.  The video link takes you to a 15 minute video with more detail about next steps including re-sits and appeals :

Video with further details on next steps, re-sits and appeals Year 11 summer 2021 

You can find our centre policy for determining teacher assessed grades for summer 2021 here:


View document curriculum/osb_summer_2021__centre_policy_for_determining_teacher_assessed_grades_summer_2021_final_copy__1_.pdf

You can find the JCQ Student and Parent guide to summer results and appeals here:

View document curriculum/jcq-guidance-for-students-and-parents-on-summer-2021.pdf

 You can find the JCQ guidance and appeals form which will need to be completed by the student here:

View document curriculum/jcq_appeals-guidance_summer-2021_appendix-b.pdf






Exam timetables

Exam timetables for each year group will be updated here.

 Year 11

View document letters/21-22/mock_exam_timetable.pdf


Year 11  exam timetable

  • Term 5

Students have their usual timetable for the remainder of term 5 except for when they have exam preparation sessions or exams. This is all detailed week-by-week and lesson-by-lesson so that students know exactly where they need to be. If students are in lessons where they have completed their exams and assessment they are expected to take revision for another subject with them to the lesson. 

On mornings when there are exams students are welcome to come into school from 7.30, enter by the usual entrance near to the cafe and sign-in there. They can then attend pre-exam preparation sessions and get breakfast from the canteen if they wish.

On the last day of term 5, Year 11 will have their final assembly during period 5. There will be revision and exam preparation sessions running through the holiday week and this is detailed in the booklet too.

  • Term 6

There is a change to timetable as students will have completed exams in several of their subjects. Again, in the booklet there are details of every lesson, exam preparation session and exams. Students are expected to attend every session in which they are still due to sit exams. There will be times in the week where they can arrive later and leave earlier than the usual school day, they will be expected to sign-in and out at the school office if this is the case. 

If students don't have sessions to attend and need or want to stay in school to revise we will be using the canteen as a study hub for term 6. For students observing Ramadan during the exam period there is a prayer room provided in the CLC building. 

How students are assessed

Assessment and Feedback to students

 Assessment of students’ progress at Orchard takes an holistic approach and is based on a variety of sources including classwork, homework, progress on quizzing platforms, responses to in-class questioning, end-of-unit tests and formal assessments.

Feedback can take a variety of forms, some of which are outlined here:

Immediate Feedback

The research shows that the most impactful feedback is at the point of action; that is, while teaching. This is ‘immediate feedback’. Immediate feedback can come in the following forms:

  • Verbal feedback in one-to-one dialogue between the teacher and student;
  • Verbal feedback to small groups or whole classes;
  • Dialogic, for example, using mini whiteboards;
  • Written feedback during the lesson;
  • Peer- or self- assessment during the lesson.

Verbal feedback might be recorded in books, but there is no requirement to do this.

Summative and Formative Feedback

Feedback that is made after teaching may be summative (that is, evaluating the success of an episode of learning) or formative (that is, informing future learning for both the teacher and students). This type of feedback is also at the professional discretion of the teachers. Summative and formative feedback can take the following forms:

  • Verbal feedback in one-to-one dialogue between the teacher and pupil, during the next lesson
  • Verbal feedback to small groups or whole classes, during the next lesson
  • Written in books for individuals
  • Written group-level feedback by theme/pattern of student response
  • Peer- or self- assessment, during the next lesson

Assessment and Reporting Dates 

Sorry, there are no current diary dates.


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