DfE website on GCSE reforms
The DfE has launched a website with more details about the further 20 reformed GCSEs. It includes information for parents, students, employers and anyone working in education. The homepage directs users to fact sheets for parents, employers, further and higher education institutions, which provide explanations of the new grading system and other information about the reforms. A short video to explain the changes is also included.
Exam Season Guidance & Tips
Notice to parents and families:
We ask families to support us...
Try to ensure that:
- Your daughter/son gets a good night’s sleep before exams.
- They know the start times of every exam that they are taking that day.
They have all the equipment they need:
- a rubber;
- a ruler;
Sometimes they may also need:
- a calculator (GCSE Maths Paper 2, and all science exams allow calculators);
- a protractor;
- a compass;
- coloured pencils.
Pencil cases must be transparent.
Please also note:
Water is allowed in clear bottles with labels removed (no fizzy, no squash).
Sweets are only allowed in clear plastic bags, and without wrappers.
If your daughter/son is too ill to take their exam:
Inform the college immediately by leaving a message with the receptionist for the Exams Officer;
Take your child to their GP, explain that your daughter/son is too ill to take their exam and ask for a certificate or a note.
Ensure that the certificate is sent to the school as soon as possible, addressed to the Exams Officer with a covering note from you.
The school will then apply to the exam board for special consideration. In this way your child may gain a mark for the missed exam. Please note that this is not guaranteed and if granted will be an average assessed on your daughter/son’s previous performance.
Unauthorised absence from one of more examination:
Students who miss one or more examinations, owing to unauthorised absence, will be charged for the relevant entry fees.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the college if you would like more help or advice to prepare your son or daughter for their GCSEs.
In the first instance, contact your son or daughter’s form tutor. You can also telephone your son/daughter’s subject teachers, who will be able to answer questions relating to preparation or to levels of entry.
Important information regarding GCSE results day can be found in the document below:
GCSE Results Day 2020
GCSE Exams Results Day is Thursday 20th August 2020 at Rye College between 10am and 2pm
If you are on unable to attend on results day to pick up your results, they can be emailed to you providing you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This email request can be made in advance and you must use your Rye College email account to do so. Requests from other email providers (e.g. hotmail, yahoo etc) will not be authorised. Your Rye College email accounts will remain active until after the summer holiday.
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What to do if you have concerns or questions about your grades
Exams Certificates are issued in the autumn, and due to the value and privacy attached, have to be signed for and collected in person. If you wish to allow a family member to collect these for you, please complete the attached form.
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