Exams 2021

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

It has been another truly exceptional exam season, and we know our students have continued to go beyond and demonstrate their resilience in such challenging times.

How are my grades being awarded?

This year teachers are awarding grades based on the evidence students have produced. In line with Ofqual (the exam regulators) guidance we will be awarding grades using the following principles:

  • Students will only be assessed on what they have been taught.
  • Grades will be based on the standard a student is performing at now, as evidenced by a specific portfolio of work all students have had the opportunity to complete.
  • Teachers will need to be confident that any evidence used to justify a grade is a student’s own work.
  • Grading will be a holistic judgement of a students portfolio of evidence against the JCQ grading descriptors (or exam board criteria for vocational qualifications) and not a formulaic calculation or prediction.
  • All grading decisions will be moderated by subject teams and not the sole decision of any individual teacher.

Further information:

How will I receive my results?

We will not be handing out paper copies of your results this year so we can minimise potential contacts. Instead, results will be published via email (accessible via Edulink) at 8.30am on the following days:

  • Tuesday 10 August – Y13/14 Results (except GCSE resits)
  • Thursday 12 August – Y11 Results

All students will be able to access their school email until 31st August. If you have any issues with access this please contact technical@ntc.kent.sch.uk.

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

While we won’t be handing out your results, we will have a team of staff onsite to offer you any support you need. If you wish to discuss your results please do one of the following depending on your issue:

  • I have missing or incorrect results – Email exams@ntc.kent.sch.uk and we will look into the issue and call you back.
  • 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.

We will be calling you on results day to check you’ve received your results and offer you any support you may need.

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

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

Before you make any decision about appealing it is worth looking at this handout from the Joint Council for Qualifications. It has a handy guide on the second page to help your thinking.

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

What support is available to prepare me for my next steps?

If you need help with your next steps then please do email careers@ntc.kent.sch.uk where our team will be happy to help.

You can also find help and advice from the Useful Links page.

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.