Primary Education News

12 Aug '13

News Schools: how have your pupils fared in their exams?

We'd like schools and colleges to send their scores in to the Guardian on A-level and GCSE results days

Two big dates on the school calendar are rolling around again: A-level and GCSE results are coming out in August. Once again, the Guardian is inviting schools to help us build a picture of how students have fared.

A-level results will be out on 15 August, and a week later, on 22 August, GCSE students will find out how they've done.

Every year, schools tell the Guardian all about their A-level and GCSE exam successes. We'd like schools to respond to a few quick questions as soon as possible – on the morning the results come out.

How your school can take part

Go to these web addresses and click on the red button to fill in your school's results on 15 and 22 August – no special login is needed. We will have a team monitoring scores for reliability.

www.theguardian.com/a-level-results

www.theguardian.com/education/gcses/results

If you click through before the results days, you'll see how grades were plotted on a map of the UK last year, based on the information schools sent in.

What we'll ask you about A-levels*

1. Is your school is a comprehensive, grammar, special school, sixth-form college, further education college, selective independent or non-selective independent school?

2. How many candidates took A-levels this year?

3. How many entries for A-levels were there at your school?

4. What percentage of entries were A and A*?

5. Tell us any success stories you would like to highlight.

*Please don't include general studies, BTecs or AS-levels

What we'll ask you about GCSEs and iGCSEs*

1. Is your school a comprehensive, grammar, special school, sixth-form college, further education college, selective independent or non-selective independent school?

2. How many candidates took GCSEs and iGCSEs this year?

3. How many entries for GCSEs and iGCSEs were there at your school?

4. What percentage of candidates achieved at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths?

5. Please state what percentage of entries achieved an A and A*?

6. Please tell us any success stories you would like to highlight.

* You don't need to distinguish between GCSEs and iGCSEs, but please do not include BTecs or OCR nationals.

If you have any problems filling in your school's score, you can email us at education.results@guardian.co.uk.

Help with Clearing

A-level students with unexpected exam results may find themselves going through Clearing, the process that allows universities to offer their remaining vacancies to students who still need places. This year we are planning two live Q&A sessions to help both parents and students navigate their way through Clearing.

We'll have a session aimed specifically at parents on August 13, called "How to prepare your child for any eventuality on results day". And on August 15, the day Clearing begins, we will have advisers from the Exam Results Helpline to help students find themselves a place on a suitable course.

Please let your students know that they can post their questions for our experts on results day. We wish all schools good luck – and let us know how it goes. We'll be waiting to hear from you.


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