We have now received the latest guidance from the Department for Education regarding the cancellation of GCSE and A level examinations – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced
|Further details on exams and grades announced – GOV.UK The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been canceled this summer, following our actions to slow the spread of coronavirus.www.gov.uk|
The key points are as follows;
1. A process for calculating grades will be produced by OfSTED.
2. These grades will be available by July 2020.
3. It will involve consultation with schools who will assemble a range of evidence for each candidate including performance in ‘mock exams’ (PPEs) and non-exam assessment. Prior attainment will also be taken in to account.
4. There will be an option to sit an exam as early as possible in the next academic year.
5. Students will also be able to sit exams in the 2021 Summer exam session.
6. There will be an appeal process if a student feels their calculated grade does not reflect their performance.
The IB will announce their response to the COVID 19 pandemic on Friday 27th March 2020.
The school will work alongside each individual to make sure they get the recognition they deserve for their hard work. We would be grateful if students or parents did not contact the school to discuss individual cases at this stage. No mention has been made of predicted grades.
Year 11 and Upper Sixth have had a final day to remember despite it being somewhat premature. Shirts/blouses have been signed by Year 11 and fancy dress worn by Upper Sixth – all at less than 24 hours’ notice. Assemblies were fun but dignified.
A brave new world post-COVID awaits and they will be well placed to grasp their futures with both hands.