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GCSE Results and Awarding of Grades 2020

GCSEs 2020

Scroll down for information about how grades have been arrived at

Results Day Thursday 20th August 2020

Please click here for a pdf copy of the letter below:

Click here for a plan of the arrangements for Results day

How grades have been determined Summer 2020

 

Ofqual information on the awarding of GCSE grades Summer 2020

Post 16 Qualifications - a guide for students

 

Guidance on Appeals and Complaints

 

A message from Ofqual

Dear parent/carer,

We know that it has been a really unsettling few months for students, since schools, colleges and other providers were closed to many and exams were cancelled. We are writing to reassure you about what has been put in place so students are able to move on to further study or employment, with results which carry the same value as any other year.

How grades have been set this year

After exams were cancelled we worked with exam boards and leading assessment experts to develop a reliable method to calculate student grades. This involved asking each school or college to tell us what grade they believed each student would have received in each subject if exams had gone ahead, and how their expected performance compared to others in their class. We know teachers worked extremely hard to deliver this year's arrangements and the majority of grades students receive will be the same, or within one grade, as their centre's judgements - reflecting the skills, professionalism and integrity of those involved.

Schools and colleges used a range of evidence to make their judgements including non-exam assessments, results of homework assignments or mock exams and any other records of student performance over the course of study. At least two teachers were involved in agreeing each proposed grade, and each one was signed off by the head teacher or college principal.

Making sure results are as fair as they can be

It is really important that we make sure the same standard is applied for all students, whichever school, college, or part of the country they come from. That's why we have calculated all results using the same method, which makes sure we have a level playing field for all students and results across the country are comparable. The overwhelming majority of people who responded to our consultation – including teachers and students - supported the aims of our moderation approach, because they know that if the results were not moderated, they would be unfair.

This means that this year's results will have the same value as in any other year. Students, universities, colleges and employers can have confidence in the results - allowing the class of 2020 to compete fairly with students from previous and future years.

Despite some reports, you can be assured that the moderation process does not mean a blanket reduction in the grades that teachers put forward. Adjustments will vary across schools and colleges, and in different subjects, and will only be made where the evidence supports them.

The grades awarded will be based either entirely on the teachers' judgements, or on a combination of their judgements and the statistical moderation. Where the moderation process finds that a school or college has over or under-estimated the likely number of students achieving a grade, the students who are moved up or down a grade are those the centre felt were closest to the grade boundary. No grade is being awarded purely on the basis of statistics.

Although the process of moderation is essential to ensure results are as fair as they can be, there is nothing fair about the fact that Covid-19 has denied young people this year the chance to demonstrate their skills in an exam. For that reason, where possible we have made decisions that work in students' favour and overall results will be more lenient.

Of course, we can never know for sure how an individual student might have performed in their exams. Universities and colleges understand this, and many have committed to showing flexibility in their admissions decisions. Overall we believe these results will be as fair as they possibly can be in the absence of exams.

Appeals and complaints

The vast majority of students are going to receive grades that are fair and that will enable them to progress to their next stage. However we know there are some students and families who may want to appeal their grade. If this is the case, you should speak to your child's school or college. Schools or colleges have to be the ones that submit appeals, and will do so if they believe there has been an error or that the moderation process has not produced a reliable result.

We have published a guide on our website to help students and their families understand how appeals will operate this summer. This includes information on complaints about potential bias or discrimination. We believe such complaints will be rare, but they will need to be taken very seriously.

For more information on the next steps after students have received their results, contact the Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100 900. You can also contact Ofqual directly on 0300 303 3344, or by email at public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk.

To all students receiving their results, whatever their next step, we wish them well. They have experienced a unique disruption to their lives. Their grades awarded over the next two weeks will enable as many as possible to move on in their lives with a sense of pride in their hard work and achievements.

Ofqual

 

 

Click HERE for a copy of the letter to Year 11 students from Ofqual regarding the allocation of grades this summer
Click HERE for guidance from Ofqual to teachers, students and parents on the awarding of GCSE Grades this summer

June 2019 Results tbc (Cohort size - 77 Students)

74% of the cohort achieved 5 or more grades 9 to 4 GCSE grades or equivalent (no longer a govt measure)
66% of the cohort achieved grades 9 to 4 in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths
45% of the cohort achieved grades 9 to 5 in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths
71% of the cohort achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths
53% of the cohort achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE Maths
86% of the cohort achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE English
66% of the cohort achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English
66% of the cohort achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE RE
54% of the cohort achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE RE
35% of the cohort achieved 3 or more grade 7 (grade A equivalent) or above Grades
English Baccalaureate score was 4.22 (22% eligible)
Progress 8 figure is +0.36 tbc
Attainment 8 grade is 4.8
Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged Pupil Fund - 13 pupils) Progress 8 score is 0.03 tbc

The government performance tables can be accessed via http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

June 2018 Results (Cohort size - 75 Students)

74% of the cohort achieved 5 or more grades 9 to 4 GCSE grades or equivalent (no longer a govt measure)
68% of the cohort achieved grades 9 to 4 in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths
51% of the cohort achieved grades 9 to 5 in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths
78% of the cohort achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths
57% of the cohort achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE Maths
79% of the cohort achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE English
65% of the cohort achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English
65% of the cohort achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE RE
57% of the cohort achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE RE
33% of the cohort achieved 3 or more grade 7 (grade A equivalent) or above Grades
English Baccalaureate score was 4.37 (20% eligible)
Progress 8 figure is -0.05 (confidence interval: -0.34 to +0.25)
Attainment 8 grade is 51.94
Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged Pupil Fund - 19 pupils) Progress 8 score is -0.19

The government performance tables can be accessed via http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

June 2017 Results (Cohort size - 77 Students)

76% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C (9 to 4) GCSE grades or equivalent (no longer a govt measure)
73% of the cohort achieved grades 9 to 4 in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths
62% of the cohort achieved grades 9 to 5 in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths
75% of the cohort achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths
66% of the cohort achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE Maths
92% of the cohort achieved a grade 4 or higher in GCSE English
79% of the cohort achieved a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English
79% of the cohort achieved an A* to C grade in GCSE RE
100% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to G GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
100% of the cohort achieved 1 or more A* to G GCSE grade or equivalent
28% of the cohort achieved 3 or more A* or A Grades
23% of the cohort sat the required combination of subjects and achieved the required grades to be awarded the English Baccalaureate
Progress 8 figure is -0.21
Attainment 8 grade is 5.1
Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged Pupil Fund) Progress 8 score is -0.45 (click here for more details)

The government performance tables can be accessed via http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

June 2016 Results (Cohort size - 86 students)

70% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent
66% of the cohort achieved A* to C GCSE grades in both English and Maths
99% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to G GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
65% of the cohort achieved A* to C grades in GCSE RE
100% of the cohort achieved 1 or more A* to G GCSE grade or equivalent
27% of the cohort achieved 3 or more A* or A Grades
12% of the cohort sat the required combination of subjects and achieved the required grades to be awarded the English Baccalaureate
Progress 8 figure is -0.13 (-0.17 first entry)
Attainment 8 grade is C+ (C first entry)
Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged Pupil Fund) Progress 8 score is -0.43 (-0.47 first entry) (click here for more details)

The government performance tables can be accessed via http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

Pupil Premium (Fund for the Disadvanataged) Performance:

June 2015 Results

79% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent
75% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths (70% first entry)
99% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to G GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
99% of the cohort achieved 1 or more A* to G GCSE grade or equivalent
32% of the cohort achieved 3 or more A* or A Grades
13% of the cohort sat the required combination of subjects and achieved the required grades to be awarded the English Baccalaureate
Students making expected progress: in English - 85.3%, in Maths - 77.1%
Students making better than expected progress: in English - 37.8%, in Maths - 34.9%

June 2014 Results

71.4% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent (71.4% first entry)
58.4% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths (39% first entry)
97.4% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to G GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
100% of the cohort achieved 1 or more A* to G GCSE grade or equivalent
26% of the cohort achieved 3 or more A* or A Grades
14.3% of the cohort sat the required combination of subjects and achieved the required grades to be awarded the English Baccalaureate
Students making expected progress: in English - 88.2%, in Maths - 62.8%
Students making better than expected progress: in English - 39.5%, in Maths - 15.8%

The government performance tables can be accessed via http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

June 2013 Results

92% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent
67.5% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
99% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to G GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
100% of the cohort achieved 1 or more A* to G GCSE grade or equivalent
47% of the cohort achieved 3 or more A* or A Grades
14.5% of the cohort sat the required combination of subjects and achieved the required grades to be awarded the English Baccalaureate
Students making expected progress: in English - 78%, in Maths - 67%
Students making better than expected progress: in English - 24%, in Maths - 39%

June 2012 Results

90% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent
66% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
100% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to G GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
100% of the cohort achieved 1 or more A* to G GCSE grade or equivalent
45% of the cohort achieved 3 or more A* or A Grades
6% of the cohort sat the required combination of subjects and achieved the required grades to be awarded the English Baccalaureate
Students making expected progress: in English - 67%, in Maths 76%

June 2011 Results

84% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent
58% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
94% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to G GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
100% of the cohort achieved 1 or more A* to G GCSE grade or equivalent
41% of the cohort achieved 3 or more A* or A Grades
5% of the cohort sat the required combination of subjects and achieved the required grades to be awarded the English Baccalaureate
Students making expected progress: in English - 85%, in Maths 66%

June 2010 Results

83% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent
75% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
100% of the cohort achieved 5 or more A* to G GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths
100% of the cohort achieved 1 or more A* to G GCSE grade or equivalent
42% of the cohort achieved 3 or more A* or A Grades
Students making expected progress: in English - 89%, in Maths 89%

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