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The Unicorn School

The Unicorn School

A Specialist School supporting pupils with dyslexia and related learning difficulties

GCSE Education

GCSE Education

 

We have carefully selected a GCSE programme which will enable our pupils to achieve a sound bank of essential qualifications. 

By focussing on a small number of key subjects, we give our pupils the best opportunity to succeed. 
Our GCSE teachers are highly qualified professionals.  Specialist teaching makes the GCSE syllabus accessible to pupils with dyslexia and related learning differences.

We offer the following subjects:

Subject Level Board
Art & Design GCSE AQA
ASDAN Personal Development Programme Gold, Silver or Bronze  
English Language

IGCSE

English Functional Skills Level 1 or Level 2

Cambridge

AQA

English Literature GCSE AQA
Mathematics

IGCSE Higher or Foundation Level

or AQA Entry Level Maths

Edexcel

AQA

Science GCSE Double (Higher or Foundation Level) or Entry Level Science AQA
Film Studies GCSE WJEC
Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE WJEC
Construction BTEC Level 1 Pearson

All pupils in Year 9 - Year 11 will study:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science

The qualification they take will be decided in consultation with staff. 

Pupils will also have three additional choices:

  • Art & Design or Film Studies
  • English Literature or Construction
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition or ASDAN

Pupils also study RE, PSHCE and PE but do not take exams in these areas.

In consultation with staff some pupils may stop Science at the end of Year 10 when they have completed their Entry Level Qualification and take ASDAN in Year 11.

There may be changes to the GCSEs that are offered for any specific year group.  Please contact us for more details.

Our GCSE courses have been chosen to play to our pupils’ many strengths, avoiding subjects with a heavy bias towards writing, spelling and punctuation; or with an extensive research element. 

SUMMER EXAMINATIONS 2021 APPEALS PROCESS
 

Summer Examinations 2021  Appeals Process 

All students have the right to appeal any received grade in either GCSE or vocational qualifications. 

Please read the information carefully, if you would like to proceed with an appeal, download and complete the appeals form on this page and return it by the relevant date. 

Please be aware the appeals process could result in candidates’ grades going down, up or staying the same. 

There are 2 stages in the appeals process: 

Stage 1 – Centre Reviews 

This review looks at in school procedures, specifically: 

  • If the school failed to follow its procedures properly or consistently in arriving at a result 

  • The school made an administrative error in relation to that result. 

Requests for appeals on the grounds of academic judgement (unreasonableness) will only be considered by awarding bodies if this review has been undertaken. 

All requests for a centre review must be made directly to the school by the 3rd September 2021.

Stage 2 – Appeals to the awarding organisations 

The focus of this appeal will be on whether the Teacher Assessed Grade was unreasonable and not that another grade or mark would have been reasonable. 

The purpose of this independent review is not to review the marking of individual assessments. The reviewer will only conclude if there has been an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement, if the Teacher Assessed Grade was clearly wrong i.e., there was no basis upon which the grade could properly have been given. 

All requests for a stage 2 appeal must be made directly to the school by the 17th September 2021.

It is also important you read the following document before you decide to make an appeal: 

JCQ Guidance for Parents and Students on Appeals Summer 2021  

Making an appeal 

Please download and complete the form below and send it to: sallie.greenhalgh@unicornoxford.co.uk no later than 3rd September.

Grade Appeal Form Stage 1 and 2 

Curriculum Links

Art & DesignYear 9 Curriculum  Year 10 Curriculum

ASDAN: ASDAN Curriculum

Construction:  https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/subjects/construction-planning-and-the-built-environment/btec-construction.html

English Language: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/Images/414546-2020-2022-syllabus.pdf

English Literature:  https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

Film Studies:  https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/film-studies-gcse/#tab_overview

Food & NutritionFood & Nutrition Curriculum

Functional Skills:  https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/functional-skills/english-8720-8725

Mathematics:  https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates/international-gcse-mathematics-a-2016.html

Science:  

AQA Combined Science:  https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8465-SP-2016.PDF

Entry level Science: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-5960-SP-2016.PDF

Biology: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-8461-SP-2016.PDF

Chemistry: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/chemistry/specifications/AQA-8462-SP-2016.PDF

Physics:  https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF

Study SkillsStudy Skills Curriculum

GCSE Results 2021
 

 

 GCSE Results 2020

21/08/2020 

The Unicorn School were delighted to welcome only their third cohort of Y11 pupils to the school to receive their GCSE results. All pupils should be very proud of the hard work they have put in over the last few years to achieve truly remarkable results.  

We are delighted to announce that 86% achieved a level 4 (Equivalent to a C grade) or higher in their GCSE results. This is up from the 81% achieved last year and the 75% that achieved the same two years ago.  

Similarly, 9% of all GCSE results were in the highest 7-9 bracket (Equivalent to an A or A* under the old system) mirroring our achievements from last year.  

Especially impressive were the results in the three main core areas: 

English

English Language –  

90% achieved a level 4 or higher compared to 81% from last year and 50% from 2 years ago.  

64% achieved a level 5 or higher. 

20% achieved a level 6 or higher. 

English Literature –  

80% achieved a level 4 or higher compared to 80% from last year and 40% from 2 years ago.  

70 % managed a level 5 or higher. 

30% managed a level 6 or higher. 

Maths

90 % achieved a level 4 or higher compared to 82% from last year and 100% from 2 years ago.  

60% achieved a level 5 or higher  

An amazing 30% achieved a Level 7 or higher! 
10% of our children achieved a level 9 which is the highest level possible.  

Science  

83% achieved a level 4 or higher compared to 86% last year and 92% from two years ago.   

52% achieved a level 5 or higher 

22% achieved a level 6 or higher 

90% of our children achieved a Maths, English and Science GCSE of grade 4 or higher! This compares to 82 percent from last year and 50% from two years ago.  

Other Subjects

Art: 

100% Achieved a 5 or better 

50% Achieved a 6 or better 

Film

80% Achieved a level 5 or better 

60% achieved a level 6 or better 

40% achieved a level 7 or better 

20% achieved a level 8 or better 

Finally: 

70% of our children walked away with at least 5 GCSEs of Grade 4 or higher.  

60% achieved at least 6 GCSEs of grade 4 or higher  

30% achieved at least 7 GCSEs of grade 5 or higher 

 
17/01/2020 Yesterday was another very positive day at The Unicorn School when the Y11 children received their iGCSE English Language results. The Year 11 children sat their English Language iGCSE early in November 2019.
 
90% of our children achieved a level 4 or better in the exam. This is a fantastic result and the best ever by a Unicorn cohort beating the amazing 82% who achieved it last year and the 66% who achieved it the year before. The children should be incredibly proud of their achievements. 
 
Considering the range of difficulties that our children have this is a phenomenal set of results that Miss Graham, Mrs Carter-Tabasso and all the staff involved in supporting the children should be rightly proud of. To put this into context the National average for Level 4 or above is 72%. 
 
In addition the stats for those children achieving Level 3 or above was 100% here compared to 90% nationally and Level 5 or above was 60% here compared to 54% nationally. 
 
Our pupils will be carrying on their studies at Abingdon & Witney College, D’Overbroecks, King Alfred’s, LVS, St Bede’s College, Manchester and West Berkshire Training Consortium.  A-level subjects being studied include Mathematics, Economics, Politics, Psychology, Drama, Art, Film Studies and Entrepreneurship.  Others are studying BTECs in Media Studies, Sports Studies, IT and Electrical Instillation.  One pupil is also doing a Level 2 Business diploma.
 
A more detailed breakdown of the school's examination results is available on request from: office@unicornoxford.co.uk

 GCSE RESULTS 2019

We are delighted to announce that 81% achieved a level 4 (Equivalent to a C grade) or higher in their GCSE results. This is up from the 75% that achieved the same last year. Similarly 9% of all GCSE results were in the highest 7-9 bracket (Equivalent to a A or A* under the old system)

Considering the anxiety levels of our children and the complexity of their needs we were delighted with these results.

64% of our children walked out with at least 5 GCSEs or better​ including Maths, English Language and at least one science. 36% achieved at least 7 GCSEs or better!

82% achieved a level 4 or higher in English Language​

82% achieved a level 4 or higher in Maths​

86% achieved a level 4 or higher in Science​

(*National Average for all of these is approx. 70%)​

80% achieved a level 6 or higher in Art​

9% achieved a level 7 or higher across all GCSEs​

Our pupils will be carrying on their studies at D'Overbroecks (one with an Art scholarship), Reading College, Newbury College, City of Oxford College, Abingdon & Witney College, Oxpens College and United World College, New Mexico.  They are taking A-levels as well as studying subjects ranging from Forensic Science to Vet Nursing and working in a nursery with young autistic children.

A more detailed breakdown of the school's examination results is available on request from: office@unicornoxford.co.uk

 GCSE RESULTS 2018

The Unicorn School were delighted to welcome their very first cohort of Y11 pupils to the school in August to receive their GCSE results. 

We are delighted to announce that nearly 10% of our children achieved a Level 7 (Grade A) or higher in their GCSE grades. 75% achieved a level 4 (Equivalent to a C grade) or higher.

Especially impressive were the results in Maths where 100% achieved a level 4 or higher and in Science where 92% achieved a level 4 or higher. 

In addition, all children who sat the course achieved their Level 2 BTEC passes in Food and Nutrition and Level 1 in Construction.

Our pupils will be carrying on their education at St Bartholomew's Newbury, Newbury College, Berkshire College of Agriculture and Frewen.

Considering the anxiety levels of our children and the complexity of their needs we were delighted with these results.  We are very proud of the hard work they  put in over the last few years to achieve truly remarkable results.

A more detailed breakdown of the school's examination results is available on request from: office@unicornoxford.co.uk