On a results day which has been very different to any in the past, we are pleased that there is some really positive news to share. The average A level grade achieved by our students is a B, which is an improvement on last year. Over a quarter of our A level entrants achieved 3 A* to B grades, and two thirds achieved at least 1 A* to B, again a better outcome than 2019. We are pleased that we have a student who had an Oxbridge offer successful in getting the necessary grades, and we have a number of students set to study Medicine. We know that most of our students who applied have got a university place, either their first choice or reserve. Congratulations to all of our students, in particular given the very difficult circumstances that this year has produced. Although you have not sat exams, these good results are based on what we know about your effort and achievement up to March 2020, and are therefore still very much a credit to your endeavour.
We have, however, seen quite a lot of our centre assessed grades adjusted downwards by the exam boards’ standardisation process, and in a number of subjects this seems at odds with our very strong historic track record in A level achievement. We recognise that for the students affected (as well as their teachers), this is disappointing. It seems from talking to other secondary headteachers that we are far from being alone in this position. We are keeping a close eye on the latest government announcements to see whether this changes at all. Current grounds for appeal are very limited, and an adjustment downwards from centre assessed grade to final grades, on its own, is not a grounds for appeal.
Given the government announcement on Tuesday evening, we are currently looking through the results to ensure that students who have better mock exam grades than their final grade are identified and, where appropriate, appeals are made. However, we have not yet been told the criteria for this by Ofqual, so will have to wait until next week to see whether our mock exam results will be counted as a valid reason for appeal. This will not affect a large number of our students.
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