Exam & Assessment Results


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Examination Summer 2021 Updates


Results and Appeals


GCSE Results 2021

GCSE Results day is Thursday 12th August 2021. Results will be available to students via Insight from 8.30am. Due to covid, Longdendale High School are not encouraging learners to attend school to collect their results. If students have any questions or queries regarding their results please email examsresults@lhs.apsireplus.org.uk. Senior leaders will be available on results day should you need any support. 


If you are unhappy with your results, please speak to a member of SLT on results day.

You will be able to appeal your teacher assessed grade:

  •  If you are unhappy with you teacher assessed grade, you will firstly need contact Longdendale High school in writing via examsresults@lhs.aspireplus.org.uk to check whether an administrative or procedural error had been made. You will be required to complete and return this form - Centre Review Request.

Appeals must be sent via email before Wednesday 1st  September 2021.

Appeals will be processed when staff return to school September.

  • Where your centre does identify an error in the grade submitted to the exam board, it can submit a revised grade and a rationale for the board to consider. If the exam board is satisfied with the rationale, it will issue a revised grade.
  • Where a centre does not believe an error had been made, you can ask the centre to appeal to the exam board on your behalf.

Your centre will submit your appeal to the exam board and provide the evidence on which its judgement had been made; the exam board will consider whether, in its view, the grade reflected an appropriate exercise of academic judgement. If the exam board judges that it did not, the exam board will determine the grade that the evidence would support. The exam board will also check that the centre had followed its own process. Your grade could go up or down following an appeal.

Results and Appeals Frequently Asked Questions Click here 


Appeals Forms

Stage 1 - Student Centre Review Form

Stage 1 - Centre Review Outcome Form

Stage 2 - Appeal to the Awarding Organisation 


Autumn Series 2021

Students will have the opportunity to sit an exam if they wish to improve their teacher assessed grade.

Please note that if you wish to enter in the GCSE Autumn series in November you will need to inform the Exams Officer in writing by Monday 20th September. This can be done by completing the Autumn Exam Series - Candidate Request Form and returing this via email to examsresults@lhs.aspireplus.org.uk


Ofqual Update on Appeals - Click here 


OCR - A message from Jill Duffy OCR Chief Executive to students regarding Results and Appeals 


Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed that GCSE exams will not go ahead Summer 21. LHS will continue to update families when more details are published.

Longdendale High School Centre Policy
Teacher Assessed Grades - Letter to Parents 
Year 11 Assessment Calendar
FAQ For GCSE Summer 21
JCQ - Grading Timeline
JCQ Guide for Parents/Learners - Click Here
Department of Education - Press Release
What Families need to know about GCSE Grades Learners
What 2021 results will mean for your Child

Ofqual Student Guide - Click here 

Pearson - Supporting Secondary School Learners and Families 

Timeline for GCSE Grading Summer 21 - Click here

Access Arrangements Fact Sheet - Click here

OCR - A message from OCR to Learners about Summer 2021


Results Day Information

Results Day 2021 - Thursday 12th August 2021

Details will follow regarding this in line with Covid 19 regulations and procedures. 

learners who cannot collect results MUST follow the following procedures:

  • Collection by third party (learner's representative) the person collecting the results on belhalf of a learner must be in possession of a letter signed and dated by the learner stating the name of the person collecting the results on a learners behalf. The person collecting results must bring ID (eg. passport, driving licence).
  • Posting Results - Uncollected results will be posted to the Learners address on results day. 



Grades and pass marks

Grades awarded for GCSE’s go from 9-1, with the highest Grade being 9 (this represents a higher grade than the previous top grade of A*). The grade awarded takes account of the marks from non-exam assessments and exam marks. The new GCSE Grades do not align perfectly to the old system of grading and there is an overlap across the grades as shown below. This means that Learner’s in the past who would have gained a B grade for instance could be awarded either a grade 6 or a grade 5 in the new qualifications.

New Grades

 9           8            7

 6             5             4

       3                 2



Previous Grades

    A*            A

      B               C

D            E              F




Examination Certificates 

Each year examination certificates are awarded at the Aspiration Presentation Evening. Due to Covid-19 this event will now be presented virtually. GCSE Certificates will then be posted to the learners address after the event. More details will follow regarding this event. 

learners certificates will be stored for 12 months after this time these will be disposed of.

Once awarded, certificates must be kept in a safe place as they are difficult and expensive to replace. Certificates will probably be required as proof by college's and/or employers when applying for courses or employment.

If lost you must apply to the relevant exam board for replacements at a cost of £45 per certificate.


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The awarding bodies have designated DATE TO BE CONFIRMED as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations. This is consistent with the qualification regulators’ document Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The designation of a ‘contingency day’ within the common examination timetable is in the event of national or local disruption to examinations. It is part of the awarding bodies’ standard contingency planning for examinations.

Candidates therefore must remain available until DATE TO BE COMFIRMED should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan.


Mock Exams 

Year 11 EBACC - Monday 30th November - Friday 4th December 2020 - Timetable 

Year 9  - Monday 7th December - Friday 11th December 2020 - Timetable

Year 7 & 8 Exam Week - Tuesday 5th January - Friday 8th January 2021 - Cancelled 

Year 11 - Monday 1st February - Friday 12th February 2021 - Cancelled 

Year 10 - Friday 25th June - Wednesday 30th June 2021 - Timetable


French and Spanish Exams

Year 11 Speaking Mocks - Monday 8th March 2021 - Friday 12th March 2021 - Cancelled 

Year 11 GCSE Speaking Exams - Monday 26th April 2021 - Friday 30th April 2021 - Cancelled



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Candidate Handbook

Candidate Handbook 2020/2021 - Click Here  


Exam Survival Guide 

Exam Survival Guide 2020/2021 - Supporting Learners with exam anxiety - Coming Soon 


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Guidance Rules & Regulations




JCQ Warning to candidates

JCQ Unauthorised Items Poster 

JCQ Information for candidates for written examinations

JCQ Information for candidates for controlled assessment

JCQ Information for candidates for on screen tests

JCQ Information for candidates Privacy Notice

JCQ Information for candidates Social Media

JCQ Information for candidates for Coursework



You will be issued with a timetable listing the dates and times for each of your exams.  Read your timetable carefully and report any errors or omissions to Miss Payton the Examinations Officer as soon as possible.


Seating plans

Seating plans will be posted on the Examinations wall in the dining room on the day of each exam. You must check the plan before entering the exam room and sit in the place allocated to you.  Being in the right place at the right time is your  responsibility.



You must attend at the dining room or exam room at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam. If you are late the exam will start without you, and the Exam Board may refuse to accept the work that you do.  You will not be allowed any extra time to finish.


Tier changes

Your individual entry timetable confirms which tiers you have been entered for.  If you have any concerns then see Miss Payton well in advance of the exam.  You will not be allowed to change tier on the day of the exam.


Lateness, illness and other circumstances

If you are too ill to attend, or unavoidably late, then you must ring school on 01457 764006 as soon as possible.

If you are taken ill at school, have any significant health concerns or other genuine problems affecting your performance you must see Miss Payton as soon as possible.

If you feel unwell during an examination let an invigilator know immediately.

The Examination Board may take your circumstances into account, but only if you follow the guidance above.  Under no circumstances can we deal with any issues that are brought to our attention after the end of your exams.


Authorised materials

You are only allowed to bring the following equipment into any exam:

  • Normal writing equipment either loose or in a completely see-through pencil case or bag
  • A calculator (although not permitted  in all exams)
  • Subject –specific  materials such as preparation sheets or set texts only if specifically instructed
  • A drink of water but only in a re-sealable container and with any label removed
  • Single tissues
  • Mobile phone (must be in your bag and switched off)


Anything other than these items is regarded as 'unauthorised material' by the Exam Boards and must not be in your possession in either a written exam or speaking test.  

Unauthorised materials

You are not allowed to bring the following equipment into any exam:

  • MP3 or 4 players/ipods/any other electronic equipment
  • Earphones
  • Wrist Watch
  • Notes of any description
  • Dictionaries
  • Calculator lids, cases and/or instruction leaflets
  • Coats or any other outdoor clothing
  • Blotting paper
  • Tissues in packets

You can face disqualification by the Exam Boards if you do not follow this rule, even if you have not attempted to use the items for dishonest reasons.



Once you have entered the exam room you must not communicate with candidates in any way. You may only speak to the invigilators.
Once seated you should face the front at all times and ensure you only look at your own work. To avoid any misunderstanding, do not look towards candidates in the rows on either side of you or behind you.

Your conduct in the exam room must not disturb or distract any other candidates.  Remain silent until you have left the room at the end of the exam and respect the fact that there may still be candidates working.



  • Never write in you answer booklet until you have been instructed to do so, not even to fill in your candidates details.
  • Always check that you have been given the correct question paper for your subject and unit and that you have everything listed.  Note the time allowed and read all instructions carefully.
  • Ensure you fill in answer books and any supplementary sheets according to instructions.
  • If you need to attract an invigilator's attention at any point in the exam, raise your hand.
  • Acceptable writing equipment - Black ink or ballpoint pen only (blue is not allowed)
  • Coloured pencils/inks only for maps, charts etc. (unless instructed otherwise)
  • Pencil – only for graphs and diagrams
  • Highlighters – only on the question paper not in your answers
  • Completely see-through pencil case or plastic bag

Any other type of writing equipment is not allowed.


Fire alarm

If the fire alarm sounds, remain silent and listen to the instructions given to you by the Senior Invigilator.  Exam conditions continue to apply even if there is an evacuation. You must not communicate with other candidates at all and if you do so it is likely that the Exam Board will disqualify you from that exam.


At the end of an exam

You are not allowed to leave an exam before that stated finish time even if you have finished working.

When the invigilator tells you to stop writing you must do so straight away. You must not attempt to finish a question or a sentence and should immediately close your answer book.

If you are unsure about any of these rules then please see Miss Rigby/Miss Payton Examinations Officer.


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Exam Board Information


Listed below are the examination boards used by the school with relevant subjects below them.
Please click on the exam board logo to go to the website.



Maths, English Language, English Literature, History, Business Studies, BTEC Dance, BTEC Music,

BTEC Enterprise, BTEC Sport.



Geography, Physical Education, ICT (Cambridge Nationals) 



 Art and Design,  Design and Technology, Food and Nutrition, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science (Trilogy), French, Spanish, Computer Science






ASPIRE Pathway Booklet

Attitude to Learning

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