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GCSEs: What to do next

This page has information to help students in Rutland who will get their GCSE results on 20 August 2020.

This year's not been like any other, and we know how unsettling the last few months have been for many of you.

As the exams were cancelled this year, GCSE results will based on predicted grades.

Even though grades have been awarded differently this year, they'll look exactly the same as any other year your results slips and certificates.

You results will not be released until 8am on Thursday 20 August - if you're not sure how you'll be given your results, check with your school or college, contact details can be found here.

The Government has published a Student Guide to Post-16 Qualifications Results 2020 document, which explains:

  • how the grading for GCSEs works
  • how results have been awarded this year
  • where to find more information

Hopefully, your results are what you were expecting, and will allow you to carry on with your plans for your future.  

You have to stay in some type of education or training until you are 18 - have a look at the options, and decide what would suit you,  your strengths and your interests.

You may be eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, which can help with the cost of books, travel or equipment. You can find more information about this on the government website here.

If you have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), there may be different and more suitable options available to you. 

If you're unhappy with your results

If you don't think a grade matches your ability, you have the option to sit the exam this autumn, or next summer.

If you choose to sit your exams, talk to your school or college as each examination board will have different options for this. You will be able to use the higher of the two grades as your official result.

You cannot appeal just because you don't agree with the result. If you think there's been an error in the process, contact your school or college using the details here, to find out if you have grounds to appeal.

Find out more about appeals

Information and support services

 The National Careers Service exam results helpline are offering help to students and parents  - their experienced careers advisers can talk you through your

The helpline is available from 12 to 28 August.

Tel: 0800 100 900 

Open: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm

The National Careers Service website also has information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions about learning, training and work.

The Ofqual student support line can help you:

  • find out more about how you were graded
  • with the autumn 2020 exam series
  • find out how to make an appeal
  • raise a concern about bias or discrimination

Tel: 0300 303 3344

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