Exam Results 2020

Two quotes worth taking a moment to reflect on before you receive your results this year:

‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts’

Winston Churchill

‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them’

Walt Disney

This has been a truly exceptional year, with the impact of the virus reaching into all aspects of our lives. No one dreamt this is how the year would develop, but we will do everything we can to support you through this unusual time. You will attain the goal you want if you have the courage to pursue it.

In terms of this years process, here are some points to consider:

  • Our teachers know each and everyone of you very well, and they are able to assess grades with a high degree of accuracy using the evidence you have shown over time. They also have years of experience in knowing the progress students make over the last months of their courses.
  • The grades submitted to the exam boards were agreed by all subject teachers following a rigorous quality assurance process and they were not the sole responsibility of any individual teacher.
  • All meetings were chaired by a senior member of staff who was not linked to the subject to ensure impartiality, fairness and a lack of any bias.
  • The standardisation model developed by Ofqual and the exam boards is statistical and may not reflect the grades submitted by your teachers.
  • The standardisation process applied by the exam boards ensures grades awarded this year are consistent with those awarded to in other years.
  • This was the fairest possible approach available under extreme circumstances. It is a rigorous process which means that grades awarded this year are as valid as in any other year.

For more information from Ofqual see Your Results, What Next?

How will I receive my results?

Results will be published via Edulink at 8am and sent to your school email on the following days:

  • Thursday 13 August – KS5 L3 BTEC and other vocational results (Y12 and above)
  • Thursday 20 August – GCSE and L2 BTEC and other vocational results (Y10/11 and KS5 resits)

If you have any issues with access this please contact technical@ntc.kent.sch.uk.

Please remember, the school site will not be open to collect results in person.

What is happening with my BTEC results?

At 4.30pm on Wednesday we received a communication from Edexcel to say they will be reviewing all BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 grades based on the same principles as the regrading of GCSE and A Levels. This means results in these subjects will not be published on Thursday at Level 2 (Year 11) and will instead be published at a later date. Those at Level 3 (Year 12/13) will also be revised and republished. We will be in touch with students when we have further information on the time scale for this regrading and publication, but if you have any queries please contact us on the email addresses below.

How can I get advice about my results and next steps?

On results day staff will be available to offer advice and support you with any issues that arise. Please contact us in the following ways:

  • I have missing or incorrect results – Email exams@ntc.kent.sch.uk and we will look into the issue and get back to you.
  • I need help with my next stepsEmail careers@ntc.kent.sch.uk with a phone number to contact you on and we will call you back.
  • I have a query about returning to NTC in September – Email sixthform@ntc.kent.sch.uk with your query and one of our team will contact you.

You can also call us on the normal school number (o1474 533802) but email will be the quickest way to get through to us.

We also plan to contact you each, individually, by phone, on the days after results have been released, to ensure your future plans are secure. Please don’t be surprised by the call, it’s so we can ensure you have all the support you need!

What do I need to do if I want to appeal a result?

Following the Governments change to how grades will be awarded (as of Wed 19th August), all students will receive a result that is the higher of either their Centre Assessment Grade (CAG) that the school submitted to the exam board, or the calculated grade. A similar process will be used for BTEC qualifications. In both cases, the only grounds for appeal would be a clerical error.

For further information please look at our 2020 Appeals Process page using the button on the right for more details.

Can I discuss my results face to face?

Yes, if you login to Edulink we have setup a parents evening event that will go live at 8.15am on results day. Simply select a time slot and come to the Science Lab entrance at that time.

Please be aware that meeting slots are only 15 minutes and you must complete and sign a COVID 19 Declaration Form prior to the meeting. If your issue will take longer to resolve then we will agree a mutually acceptable later date to meet again and continue the discussion.

The follow rules will apply to such meetings which must be strictly followed to keep us all safe:

  • Appointments are for the student and only one other (eg. a parent or family member)
  • You cannot book an appointment if:
    • you have travelled overseas within the last 14 days
    • you are showing signs and symptoms of COVID 19 (ie. fever, flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or headaches; loss of taste and/or smell or have difficulty breathing)
    • you have had close contact, been face-to-face or in the same closed space with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID 19
  • You will follow the School’s directions regarding good hygiene while on site by:
    • wearing a face mask
    • sanitising your hands on arrival
    • maintaining a distance of 2 metres between you and other people
    • avoiding physical contact with others
  • Arrive no more than 5 minutes before your appointment time
  • Toilet facilities will not be available during your visit

What can I do if I’ve changed my mind about where I want to go next?

If you have been rethinking your future and want to discuss with us if our Sixth Form would be the right place for you, then please do contact us via sixthform@ntc.kent.sch.uk. We would be more than happy to help.

We also have some courses available for those of you completing Y13, where your original plans may not be working out due to COVID. If you want to study for an extra year, while we support you with secure alternatives, then do get in touch.

You’ll find more information by clicking here.