Exams 2021

‘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

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.

We will update these pages as we move through the summer towards results days so do check back for further updates.

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:


When will I finish Y11/13/14?

As students near the end of the evidence gather process we will start reducing their timetables where work is complete.

Continued attendance is vital as there are still important assessments for them to complete However, teachers will now spend increasing time working together to mark and moderate to ensure grades are a fair and accurate reflection of the evidence your son has produced.

To support this work we will be making the following changes to the school day of students in Y11:

  • Thursday 20th May to Wednesday 26th May – Y11 students will leave school at the end of Period 4 (12.25pm)
  • Thursday 27th May – Y11 students will be dismissed after their final Maths assessment at approximately 11.30am

For students in Y13/14 they must continuing attending their courses until their teachers notify them they have completed all the evidence required for an accurate assessment.

Before students finish school they must complete this Student Declaration form

All students must be available to up into school anytime upto the 18th June in case they need to address any issues with their evidence.

How will I receive my results?

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

  • Tuesday 10 August – Y13/14 Results (except GCSE resit results)
  • 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?

On results day staff will be available to offer advice and support you with any issues that arise. They will be available onsite or you can 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.

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

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.