2020 GCSE Results

I hope you are all well and have had a restful and safe summer.

Tomorrow sees the release of the GCSE/KS4 results. There has been a large amount of information in the news around the results. I can confirm that the grades that students will be receiving will be the ones awarded to them by the school. The statement from OfQual relating to these grades is included at the end of this email

 

Please remember that you have opted to either receive your results electronically or to collect them on the day. In order to ensure we remain Covid secure, please make sure you stick to your chosen method.

Receive results electronically - Results will be released from 8am to school email addresses

Collecting results – please stick to your allocated time:

11A and 11B - 8.00am

11C and 11D – 8.30am

11E and 11F – 9am

11G – 9.30am

 

More information about your results will be included in your email/envelope. We have an appointment system ready to go should you require assistance from key staff in school. Appointments are available for:

Mr Constable: Sixth form application advice

Adviza: Non sixth form based careers advice

Miss Cairns: General advice

 

We are very aware that results days are a worrying time under normal circumstances. The Covid pandemic has made the situation more uncertain than ever. I would like to reassure all students receiving their results tomorrow that for the vast majority of you, you should be able to transition to the next stage of your education, training or employment. For any students who do not get the required outcomes, we are committed to ensuring that no student will be disadvantaged, and we will do all we can to guide and support students appropriately. Should you be unhappy with any of your grades, all students will be have the opportunity to take their final exams in the Autumn term. More information about these exams will be included with the results tomorrow.

 

OfQual statement:

We understand this has been a distressing time for students, who were awarded exam results last week for exams they never took. The pandemic has created circumstances no one could have ever imagined or wished for. We want to now take steps to remove as much stress and uncertainty for young people as possible - and to free up heads and teachers to work towards the important task of getting all schools open in two weeks.

After reflection, we have decided that the best way to do this is to award grades on the basis of what teachers submitted. The switch to centre assessment grades will apply to both AS and A levels and to the GCSE results which students will receive later this week.

There was no easy solution to the problem of awarding exam results when no exams have taken place. Ofqual was asked by the Secretary of State to develop a system for awarding calculated grades, which maintained standards and ensured that grades were awarded broadly in line with previous years. Our goal has always been to protect the trust that the public rightly has in educational qualifications.

But we recognise that while the approach we adopted attempted to achieve these goals we also appreciate that it has also caused real anguish and damaged public confidence. Expecting schools to submit appeals where grades were incorrect placed a burden on teachers when they need to be preparing for the new term and has created uncertainty and anxiety for students. For all of that, we are extremely sorry.

We have therefore decided that students be awarded their centre assessment for this summer - that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the grade they would most likely have achieved in their exam - or the moderated grade, whichever is higher.

 

 

Mr P Whitehouse

Assistant Headteacher