Covid-19 – Student Grades

3rd April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and Y11 students,

I hope this letter finds you safe and well.

Like us many of you have been waiting for further information about how you will be awarded your GCSE grades this summer and today the Government have released guidance on that process.

As previously shared this will be based on teacher assessment from a range of sources including classwork, homework, PPEs, previous performance and practical work to arrive at a grade. Ofqual will then take this grade and standardise it to make sure grades are fair across the country.

You do not need to submit any further evidence for teachers to award the grade they believe you would have gained in the summer. The government have made it very clear that we are not allowed to share with parents or students the teacher assessment grade we submit to the exam boards under any circumstances, please can I ask that you do not ask staff what grades your son/daughter will be given, as they will not be able to tell you.

We have been working closely with the local colleges over the last few days on transition work that will support your transfer to college or sixth form in the new Academic year. This will be specific to the courses you are going on to study and more detail will follow after Easter.

Included with this letter and also on the academy website you will find a letter from Ofqual and also a guidance booklet with further FAQ responses.

As further information is issued to us we will of course share it with you, I want to reassure all our students that we will follow the guidance fairly and professionally.

I hope that the information in this letter and guidance will go some way to easing the questions and concerns that you might have had and you can now begin to see with more confidence how your future will begin to shape.

I hope you have a pleasant Easter break.

Stay safe.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Jamie Henshaw Principal


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