EXAMINATIONS & REPORTING
If taking 4 subjects Year 12 students may sit one AS exam in the subject you are not continuing to A Level. All other exams will take place at the end of Year 13. If you wish to sit more than one AS Level at the end of Year 12 the additional AS will be at your own cost. There may be other examinations taken at other times throughout the year depending on the subjects you are studying.
Year 12 end of year internal examinations normally take place in the first two weeks following the Spring Bank Holiday (May/June). These are conducted in classrooms but in full external examination conditions. The normal Year 12 timetable is suspended for the exam period and you are only required to be in school for your timetabled exams. If you are coming in school to do your revision you must sign in and out in using your ID lanyard to ensure we have an accurate record of who is in the building for fire regulations. The silent study area, library (and surroundings), courtyard café and other usual areas will be available for revision with the exception of F6. F6 will be in use for those students entitled to use word processors so will be unavailable for study during scheduled exam times. Students entitled to extra time will sit their exams in the assigned room and they may run slightly into break, lunch or after school.
It is highly recommended that students not eligible for home study (or who find studying at home difficult) use the facilities in school to revise and to have access to their teachers’ help with their revision if required to ensure they have the best opportunity to do well. The performance of those students will be reviewed after the mock exams to see if they require additional support moving forward. If you are ill during the exam period you must contact school prior to the exam starting and inform school of your illness; you should treat them like the real exams and make every attempt to make it to your exam.
In a normal academic year staff will predict your A Level and UCAS grades on the basis of your end of Year 12 exams and your attainment grades during the course.
Year 13 internal examinations will take place in the first two weeks following the February Half Term Holiday and follow the same arrangements as for the end of Year 12 examinations.
Any student under-performing in the formal internal examinations will be required to complete additional consolidation work to avoid underperformance in the external examinations and this may include the withdrawal of home study.
Subject continuation and release from year 12 into 13
If you are studying a 4th subject that can be continued to A Level you need to indicate in the first half term of the Spring term (February) in which subject(s) you wish to sit an AS level. You are then committed to completing your chosen pathway.
To support Year 12 into 13 transition, if you sit external AS exams in 2 subjects you continue with both courses until the end of the academic year as you could continue with either depending on the results. An alternative plan can only be explored in exceptional circumstances and must be agreed with teachers, parents/carers and the Post-16 team. For those continuing, registers remain in place until the end of the academic year and students attend all lessons and, if required, sit the internal exams in those subjects.
If you sit an external exam in one of your 4 subjects and it is definitely the subject that you are not continuing to A Level, you can continue with just your 3 A Level courses. You might need some ‘Directed or Supervised Study periods added to your timetable if your hours are below the threshold to be classed as a full-time student. You must attend all timetabled sessions until you complete a release form (see below). Some students may be required to continue with all 4 subjects to ensure all options are available for the start of Year 13.
If you are dropping a subject post AS internal exams you must complete a Post-16 subject release form which will be emailed to you or is available from the Post-16 Office. This must be signed by parents, so we know you have discussed this at home. You do not need to attend lessons for the remainder of the year but you will not be able to ‘pick back up’ the subject at the start of Y13 following any external examination results. Once the signed form is returned you will be removed from registers and will not be expected in those lessons.
It is therefore recommended that if you have any uncertainty about your results, in either internal or external exams, you continue with all 4 subjects until the end of the year in order to leave all options open to you in September.
Year 12 mock exams
At the end of Year 12 students are required to sit mock exams in each subject. These are used to identify gaps in learning and to support UCAS predictions. Students who do not pass one or more of the internal mock exams must complete a consolidation pack of work so they can work on filling the gaps over the summer ready for a resit in the first week of the next academic year.
If you do not pass the mock resit we will need to look at what additional support required or in some cases explore alternative options such as resitting year 12 or a bespoke curriculum. In most cases concerns about progress will have been raised well in advance of the year 12 mock exams. Consolidation materials will also be provided to those generally underachieving at the end of year 12 to support students in reaching their Personal Best by the end of Y13.
GUIDE TO PROGRESS TRACKING AND REPORTING
You will receive “Progress Tracking” Information 3 times a year, one of which will be a full “Report”. Traffic light colours will be used to produce a quick visual aid to identify problems (red) and areas of success (Green) Green can be considered as meeting expectations, or no problems and red as below expectations. You are monitored on Attainment, Effort, Independent work and you will be also be given Attainment targets.
The ‘current attainment’ grade will be the current overall grade at which you are working. This will be based on the quality of work in internal assessments, classwork, homework etc. It will not simply be based on the latest assessment although this should contribute. It will reflect the grade that you would be awarded if you sat the exam now and were assessed at A Level standard building in tolerance, on all the topics/skills covered to date. In some subjects this grade could be limited by the skill level of the topics covered so far. The rationale for using this measure of attainment is to allow students, parents and tutors to be aware how a student is currently performing.
The ‘predicted grade’ is a forecast of the grade you are likely attain at the end of the course. This will be based on evidence and professional judgement including:
- Knowledge of the assessment demands of the course and your strengths and areas for development.
- The quality of the work you have been achieving up to this point including assessments and calculating any controlled assessments in line with the percentage it contributes to the overall grade.
- Knowledge of the students’ attitude to learning
The rationale for using this measure of attainment is to allow you, your parents/carers and tutors to be aware when you are off target for performance by the end of the course.
When recording current or predicted outcomes the use of subgrades is as follows:
B+: mastery of the grade B and working towards the next grade.
B: secure in the grade.
B-: grade unsecure.
The starting point for A Levels is your average points score at GCSE as this is statistically the best indicator for future outcomes. This is calculated from all GCSEs grades and not just the best 8 reported in the GCSE Attainment 8 score.
At Ilkley Grammar School we aspire for every student to make at least ‘good’ progress from the end of Key Stage 4 to the end of Key Stage 5 when you take your A Levels in Year 13. The table below shows approximately the grade expected at the end of Key Stage 5 given different starting points if you are to make ‘good’ progress.
Each student will be set a ‘Personal Best’ target; this will initially be based on you making at least ‘good progress’ from their starting point. This may be raised by the subject teacher, if you are making outstanding progress, in order to raise aspirations even higher. We set this PB target to raise aspirations but we statistically know that not all students make good progress nationally and it varies by subject and starting point.
This is now reflected in a subject Level 3 Value Added (L3VA) score. This records the fraction of a grade a student is hopefully positively achieving in relation to the grade a student with the same starting point nationally is expected to achieve.
Overleaf are the criteria for the ‘Effort Grades’ as recorded on the progress tracking report. It is a ‘best fit’ model so a student may not display all the characteristics listed.
Below are the criteria for ‘independent work’ as recorded on the progress tracking report. It is a ‘best fit’ model so a student may not display all the characteristics listed.
- Predictions will be colour coded on tracking and will flag green if a student is on track to meet their target, yellow if a student is within a grade and red otherwise.
- Effort Grades – colours will match the key shown on the progress tracking report.
- Independent Work - colours will match the information displayed in the Independent Work chart above.
PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS AND CONTRACTS
Students will be made aware of the school’s partnership agreement (with staff, student, parent) at the beginning of Year 12. Parents will be informed of their role in the partnership agreement at the Information Evening in September and asked to sign the Home-Post 16 Agreement, the Post 16 Rules for Responsible Computer Use Agreement and the Student Responsibilities & Expectations on Educational Trips Agreement. Individual Year 12 contracts will be issued as and when necessary – it is our intention to give all students a ‘fresh start’ when they start in the Sixth Form at IGS, although some students may benefit from support from the start.