To the Class of 2020:
“You will always be remembered, not as the Covid-19 year group but, as a group of brilliant individual young people, who we all know will go on to do great things. We believed in you and are all immensely proud of you and all you have achieved. We look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things you will achieve in the future.”
Mrs Strong, Principal
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Our priority today has been to congratulate our amazing Year 11 students on their GCSE results. We fully appreciate that this has been such a long, difficult and stressful time for everyone in Year 11, and we are extremely proud of how they have conducted themselves throughout.
We were delighted to see so many of them this morning and share their GCSE results with them. These results are a testament to their hard work and perseverance over many years. There were many smiling faces and much relief. They thoroughly deserve their success today.
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As you know, this year’s GCSE results had to be awarded differently from usual, after exams were unable to go ahead due to Covid-19. Schools and colleges were asked to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grades they believed a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year, and to submit these centre-assessed grades (CAGs) to the relevant exam board.
Groups of teachers and leaders in each subject worked together to discuss and agree the centre-assessed grade for each student. They took into account a wide range of available evidence, including attendance, class work, homework, mock exams and other records of student performance.
The intention was that the exam boards would then moderate the CAGs, to check that schools and colleges had approached this task consistently, before providing students with their final calculated grades. Unfortunately, as you will no doubt be aware, the method they used to do this proved problematic, and was likely to lead to many grades being unfairly downgraded. The government therefore made the decision that GCSE and A level students would be awarded whichever was higher for each subject – their CAG or their calculated grade. This is what the grades students received today are based on.
If any student is unhappy with any of their results, I’d encourage them in the first instance to contact Claire.Stopard@bulwellacademy.org.uk. Miss Stopard will be able to discuss any concerns and advise on any next steps. Students may also want to talk to the sixth form or college they are planning to attend. They are aware of the issues this year and may well be flexible about their entry requirements.
If students want to resit any of their exams, the current plan is for a full series of exams to take place in November. We don’t yet have full details of how this will work, but please let us know if that’s something you’d like to discuss.
Congratulations again to the whole of Year 11 for everything they’ve achieved in this most difficult of years. I am an extremely proud Headteacher and wish each and every one of them success in the future.