We would like to congratulate the Class of 2021 for all of their hard work and effort. Some excellent results were achieved in some very difficult circumstances.

While it seems wrong to single out students amongst such a hard-working cohort, particular mention should go to Lily Baker who achieved a grade 8 or 9 in every subject and Ciara Aston, Jack Baggott, Jessica Bowkley, Fabian Pritchard and Meghan Tabner of whom scored a grade 7 or better in every subject. A fantastic set of results.

Progress 8 measures the progress students have made from the end of primary school compared to pupils of the same ability across the country. Katie Bannister, Mollie Harper, Jinnie Evans, Thaine Cartwright and Savina Yonashkova all scored on average over 2 grades higher than ‘expected’ in every subject they took. This is a truly amazing achievement.

Progress 8 is the key indicator of overall school performance. This is calculated based on the performance of students nationally. This year there will be no national figure to compare against but using the national figure from 2019 our Progress 8 figure would be -0.2


GCSE 2021

Following the release of your examination results on the 12th August below is a timeline of how any appeal may be requested.

Key dates for non-priority appeals

From result day to 3 September 2021

Window for students to request a centre review

From result day to 10 September 2021

Centres conduct centre reviews

From result day to 17 September 2021

Centres submit appeals to awarding organisations

Publication of GCSE results – 12 August 2021

(Publication of GCE AS and A-level results – 10 August 2021 – This is termed ‘Priority Appeals’ which do not apply to Dormston Students as we do not study A-levels)

Also available for download are the following documents:

  • Centre Policy Dormston School 20556 GCSE Summer 2021
  • Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England Summer 2021
  • Appendix B – Optional template student request and consent form

Appendix B will be the means by which you request an ‘Internal Review’ in the first instance. The form is interactive and you should complete ‘Stage One – Centre Review; Student Request’. This should then be emailed to:

Please see links to important documents below:

Letter to students 20th July 2021

JCQ Guidance for students, parents and guardians GCSEs Summer 2021

Ofqual Student Guide to awarding 

Centre Policy Dormston School 20556

Grade Appeals Request Form

Next Steps - CEIAG

Once students have completed all their exams it is important that they spend some time preparing for their next steps. Please see below resources and any virtual or physical transition events taking place within the colleges and post 16 providers. 

Post 16 Providers

Dudley College

The following link will take you to Dudley College’s toolkit, these virtual resources are useful for your upcoming careers activities, as well as helpful information for students who are considering their Post 16 options.

Halesowen College

This link will take you to the School Leavers section of the website which has subject activity worksheets which year 11s can use to help support transition and prepare for their A Level or Vocational course at college.

Please find below a link to the Virtual A Level Subject Tasters that we have produced.

Click here for the latest Parent/Carer Newsletter.


The following link includes further information on Pathway and A-Level options. In the attachment section downloadable pdf. Documents can be found with further details on the A-Level courses on offer.        

King Edwards VI

Year 11 transition work can be found on the link below.

Transition work is available in all subjects offering 4-5 hours’ worth of work. Students are also encouraged to carry out the work in subjects they may wish to swap to in September.

The expectation is this work is completed for September.

Careers movie

Wolverhampton College

Discovery week- please click on the following link to come and discover College life as part of the College’s Discovery Week from 14-18 June 2021.

Resources for SEND

Guide to Further Education

Youth Employment UK

Preparing for Your Future is a free online course to help 14-16 year olds build skills and careers confidence.

Resources produced by DWP

CV Starter Pack

Effective Applications

How to Smash an Interview

Make it Happen/ Think about Your Future– Both worksheets have links to useful websites.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

SIPS Education are looking for an Accountant/Finance Assistant Apprentice to work within our central finance team supporting SIPS’ solutions and services; operating accounting software programs in line with SIPS’ financial regulations, preparing and maintaining accurate financial records and databases.

St. Modwen Logistics are looking for a Marketing Apprentice will play a pivotal role, supporting the Senior Marketing Executive to deliver the Logistics marketing plan, and promoting St. Modwen Logistics as the developer of choice in the industry. Apprentice Marketing Assistant (

In-Comm have a variety of apprenticeship vacancies available and are regularly being updated with new ones.

Keltruck – Sales Department- No experience is necessary, here at Keltruck we take school leavers in all areas of the business and provide training throughout their career, to develop them further which can lead into management positions.

The Admin role is a springboard which can lead into Sales, Accounts, Aftersales, to become an Account Manager, Depot Manager and much more!

Applications should be submitted to

For any questions related to this job, please speak to Mr Liam Shuker or Mr David Morgan on    (0)121 525 7000

Guy & Co are looking for an enthusiastic Accounts/Finance apprentice to join our team to assist in managing our accounting and finance requirements. Excellent organisational skills and accuracy needed for this role, and strong communication skills. The ideal candidate must be committed to meeting deadlines and able to work as a team player.

Happy Rainbows Nursery offer quality preschool activities for children, we plan lots of great activities for the children to engage in to help the children to develop and learn new skills, we teach the children to have good morals and social skills. This will be a great opportunity to join a fantastic team and learn new skills.

Busy Bees Childcare. This could be the start to the progression of a childcare career at Busy Bees, hopefully going on to fulfil senior positions within our nurseries and includes an intermediate apprenticeship in the Early Years Practitioner level 2 standard.

A F Smart Repairs Limited are looking to recruit a Body Shop Customer Service Parts Advisor Apprentice to assist with duties such as, sell products, services and repairs, notify customers of completion of work etc.

POD Stainless Steel Products Ltd – This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate. Making high-quality catering equipment from stainless steel. Includes TIG Welding.

BMW Genius Apprenticeship – Rybrook BMW Wolverhampton- You will be working in a busy BMW/MINI Retailer. Your role will be focused on dealing with customers, who have high expectations and a varied range of needs and demands.

Bad Apple Hair Dressers- Are you passionate about hairdressing? If so, why not become an apprentice in our Wolverhampton salon and experience the very latest training in cutting and colouring techniques from world class educators? Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship.

The Aim group have the following opportunities  Customer Service Apprenticeship and Digital Marketing Apprenticeship

 All About Apprenticeships June newsletter 

Parents’ and Carers’ Pack Apprenticeship Information


Work Experience – virtual opportunities

Virtual Work Experience programmes, running from the 2nd to the 13th of August, are now open for applications. These August programmes will really give students the chance to take control of their future this summer, ensuring that they come back more prepared than ever.

There are over 20 programmes which are completely free for students (and always will be). They include everything from politics and journalism, to sustainability and engineering and can be completed at times that suit your students. Most notably, they offer a certificate great for CVs, cover letters and future interviews upon completion.

You can view all of our August programmes, open to applications from students aged 14 – 19 below:

Webinar for aspiring Medics- How much work experience do I need to get into Medicine?

In the Summer Term we were able to get the National Citizen Service (NCS) to come into the school and share the NCS programme with our students. This is an exciting opportunity for all Year 11 students and we hope that students will be able to take advantage of this extra experience. If you require further information on this please see the NCS links below.

Information Letter

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NCS Poster