Exams Information

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Examinations are an inevitable part of school life.  At Herschel we aim to make the experience as stress-free as possible.

In order to increase familiarity and hopefully reduce anxiety, all learners complete formal examinations from Year 7.

We hope the information contained here is helpful.  However, should you need any help or advice please contact our examinations team.

Best of luck to those taking examinations over the coming months.  We are all rooting for you and look forward to celebrating your success in August.

Mr Schroder Examinations Officer & Data Manager – RSC@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Mr Rodriguez Examinations and Data Administrator - JRD@herschel.slough.sch.uk


Qualifications and Grading 2021

As you are aware exams for summer 2021 have been cancelled by the Department for Education.

At Herschel we have just finalised our policy on how the school will be awarding grades (called assessed grades) for all students for 2021 qualifications (Year 11 and Year 13).

Assessed Grades will be evidence-based, which is not the same as a predicted grade. The evidence can be based on valid tests, assessments, classwork, coursework, essays, practical assessments and performances across the two years of study.

There are opportunities for Year 11 and Year 13 students to sit exams in the autumn term October (A Level) and November (GCSE).  If you wish to be entered for these exams, please email exams@herschel.slough.sch.uk and state which subjects you would like to be entered for. The exams office will then inform you of the entry fee and how to pay this.

Please find below a range of attachments including our Centre Policy, letters sent to parents/carers, the powerpoint used at the virtual event on 30th March and the overview of assessments taking place across April and May. You will also find information related to Appeals.

Pleas find a link to the live recording of our information event on GCSE Grading held on Tuesday 30th March https://vimeo.com/531767814/9400acf9c6 Note the recording starts 05:40 minutes in

For the A level recording visit https://vimeo.com/531772038/b64c0720b8 Note the recording starts at 06:15 minutes in.

Results days for 2021 are as follows below. You will have received information regarding this and appeals via email/Teams and Parentmail.

A level Tuesday 10th August 2021

GCSE results and Sixth Form enrolment will take place on Thursday 12th August

Should you have any queries, please email exams@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Year 11 - Exam Advice

During study leave do encourage your son/daughter to keep in touch with subject teachers, addressing any areas where his/her understanding is less secure.  Pupils can work in school if they wish, but should be in full school uniform. Pupils are also welcome in school to talk with their teachers, but should email to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Many parents ask how they can support their son/daughter, and of course, parents play a central role in their son's/daughter’s support network. Herschel works with a partner organisation called PiXL who have produced 10 tips for parents that are worth sharing with you. I am sure many of these ideas will not be new to you but I hope that there is something here that might be the “marginal gain” that makes the crucial difference.

PiXL have also been focusing on the links between a healthy body and a healthy mind. To this end they have worked alongside a professional chef to design some menu cards that you might like to try – see attachment. Each card explains the benefits associated with each meal.  Maybe you or your son/daughter would like to try some of these dishes. It might be a good break from revision.

I know that exam season can be an anxious time for pupils and parents alike. Feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance at this time.

Alison Oxley
Head of Learning Year 10 and 11

Name Date  
Power to Perform recipe booklet 15th May 2018 Download >
Prepare to Perform Advice to Parents 15th May 2018 Download >
Exam contingency date letter Jan 2019 24th January 2019 Download >
Information for candidates written exams 24th January 2019 Download >
Awarding of GCSE and A Level Grades this summer letter to parents 29th April 2021 Download >
Awarding GCSE and A level grades 2021 29th April 2021 Download >
Herschel Grammar School Centre policy 2021 29th April 2021 Download >
JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents on Summer 2021 29th April 2021 Download >
Year 11 letter Results and Appeals summer 2021 19th July 2021 Download >
Year 11 and 12 Appeals Form Summer 2021 19th July 2021 Download >
Year 13 letter Results and Appeals summer 2021 19th July 2021 Download >
Priority Year 13 Appeal Flow Chart Summer 2021 19th July 2021 Download >
Non Priority GCSE A level Appeal Flow Chart Summer 2021 19th July 2021 Download >
Year 13 Appeals form Summer 2021 9th August 2021 Download >