Our Assessment Approach for Awarding Grades 2021

Departmental Assessment Procedure 2021


In order to support the examination boards in the process of awarding grades, we have developed a range of assessments for students who would normally be sitting GCSE exams this summer. The subject documents contain the key guidelines on how the Year 11 students (and Year 10 MFL students) will be assessed in each subject which reflect the different requirements of the GCSE specification within each subject area.  

Students will be completing a range of different assessments which will begin when they return after the Easter break on the 19th April. The areas of study which students need to revise in order to complete the assessments are detailed within each subject document.  

Grades will be awarded based on a range of evidence includingnew questions set by the exam boards this yearquestions from past exam papers; Non-Examined Assessment (NEA or often called coursework) in applicable subjects such as Drama, Music, Technology and Art and Pre-Public Exams (mocks) sat in November 2020. Departments will be using GCSE mark schemes and grade descriptors in order to accurately assess student attainment. We will also be using student work produced in centre-devised tasks that reflect the specification, that follow the same format as the exam boards and have been marked in a way that reflects exam board mark schemes. This includes staff blind marking so they don’t know which students they are assessing and a rigorous moderation process to ensure consistency. Assessments will be sat in controlled conditions and work will be retained for the purposes of external quality assurance and appeals.We have put a considerable amount of effort into these processes and closely followed the guidance from Ofqual.  All these measures will ensure that the teacher assessed grades are fair, consistent with previous standards and impartial.

Departmental Assessment Documents (including assessment timetables):


Year 11

Art and Design


Btec Sport


Combined Science – Biology

Combined Science – Chemistry

Combined Science – Physics

Community Languages

Computer Science

Design Technology



Food and Nutrition




Maths – Foundation

Maths – Intermediate

Maths – Higher






Year 10



Examination Policies

Our Centre Policy which includes our procedure for awarding Teacher Assessed Grades has been quality assured and approved by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

SSA Centre Policy for GCSE’s Summer 2021

Appeals Procedure 2021

GCSE results will be issued to students on Thursday 12th August. If students believe that there has been a mistake about their results then they should speak with Mr Kabhari the Exams Officer or Mr Walkinshaw, the Assistant Headteacher responsible for exams. They will be able to explain the appeals procedure below. Students cannot submit a request for a review, this must be done by the school on behalf of the student.

SSA Appeals Procedure 2021