Parental Update SQA Results

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Dear Parent/ Carer

Senior phase student will now have received their official SQA results through MySQA and or by mail. If for any reason you have had an issue receiving you results please email the school office or phone to seek advice.

Information on the SQA Post Results Review process

The SQA will issue students with their results on the 4th of August. Whilst we hope that students will be pleased with their achievements, we know that some students may be disappointed.

In June the SQA released details of their post-results service, the link to this announcement can be found here. This year we can submit student evidence to the SQA and this will be reviewed alongside submitted coursework. This service will be free to schools.

Who can request a Post-Results Review?

Only schools can request and submit post-results reviews. Parents and students cannot contact the SQA to arrange this. Critically, this service is only available to students whose final award is lower than the estimate submitted by the school to the SQA. This means that we cannot submit requests for all students who are disappointed with their result(s), only those that have had their estimate grade lowered through the SQA’s awarding process.

How will I know if I am eligible?

The SQA will issue us a list of students that are eligible for a post results review and we will give this to subject teams for consideration. If we decide to make a review request on a student’s behalf we will seek consent for this.

If a student or parent wishes to be considered for a post-results review they should email: penicuik_hs@midlothian.gov.uk stating their child’s full name and the subject requested. You will receive a response from the SQA Coordinator informing you whether or not a request can be made. If it can, we will move ahead with this for you.

What if I need my Post-Results Review urgently for College/ University?

Priority Reviews can be submitted, if eligible, and these are resulted quickly. If you wish to make a request for this service, you also need to provide the details of the university/ college and the course applied for. SQA will communicate the results of priority reviews directly with universities and colleges to ensure a quick resolution.

What if I’m disappointed with my grade, but not eligible for a Post-Results Review?

We would ask you to consider your performance across the year; whether or not you have been ‘on track’ to pass and whether you have demonstrated attainment at a grade higher than you have achieved. The grade you have achieved may be disappointing but that doesn’t mean it has been unfair.

Subject teams have taken full consideration of a wide range of evidence from all students, including prior attainment to infer estimate grades for students. Subject Department estimates estimates have also been subject to rigorous quality assurance by senior staff in school, to ensure that they were fair, robust and reliable.

If you feel that you wish to discuss your grade outcome further then you can contact the Head Teacher via the email address penicuik_hs@midlothian.gov.uk

Process Timeline for Reviews

Timeline for reviews
Re-Coursing Process

Following the release of SQA results on Tuesday 4th August some students may wish to review and revise the subjects they opted for in March In many cases changes are an inevitable result of the SQA process with students not securing the award they targeted or in some cases they have changed their career aspirations.

It is our advice that students should not wait on the outcome of any SQA Post Results Review and should initiate the re-coursing conversation as soon as they can. We are aiming to settle student course options as quickly as possible Parent/ Carers and students should also note that while we will do our best to meet your request to take up a course there may be some restrictions due to staffing and /or the numbers choosing to take a subject.  Where there are issues a staff member – normally the Guidance Teacher, will be in contact to discuss the situation and look at other options.

Those students who think they need a face to face appointment to review their choices and look at alternatives should make an appointment with their Guidance teacher via our school email penicuik_hs@midlothian.gov.uk

Students should clearly name their Guidance teacher and outline the re-coursing issues they have and the subjects / levels involved.

All appointments will be scheduled from Tuesday 11th August with time and dates confirmed via telephone or email via the school office. Appointments may be carried out by phone or face to face depending on numbers and demand.

 

Craig Biddick

Head Teacher (Acting)

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