GCSE grades 2020
Monday 20th April 2020
Dear Year 11 Parents and Pupils,
Re: Information about How GCSE Grades will be Calculated and Issued in 2020
Since the government announcement that GCSE examinations were being cancelled this summer, I know that you will have been waiting for news about how your GCSE results will be decided. The arrangements for the 2020 GCSE qualifications have recently been issued by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). Ofqual is often referred to as the exam "watchdog" and is a non-ministerial, government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests in England.
The letter from Ofqual which can be found here provides details about how GCSE grades and qualifications will be decided for all pupils in England. A short video can also be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXuDOrtJY1Q It is important that you read this information carefully so that you are fully aware about how decisions for the GCSE qualifications will be made. Should further details become available the school will update you.
I particularly wish to draw your attention to the following information about which the school has received several enquiries from pupils and parents:
Do I need to complete any new work for my school/college to submit a grade?
Your school or college is not required to set additional mock exams or homework for your centre assessment grade, and you won’t be disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work given out after schools were closed.
Can I see the grades my school/college submits for me?
No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your school or college, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.
Whilst I know that the process for allocating your GCSE results will be something that you may feel concerned about, please be reassured that the school has your best interests at heart in all we do. I know that your time as a student came to an end in a totally unexpected manner and that not having the opportunity to undertake your GCSE exams was unthinkable. However, in the situation the country finds itself in, I am sure you will agree that the nation’s safety and well-being are paramount.
It is still the school’s intention that Year 11 will have a graduation ceremony and Prom at some time in future, but this, as I am sure you will understand, is dependent upon national circumstances.
I trust that Year 11 pupils are undertaking their studies as directed by Kingsford teachers, as well as any preparatory studies for the Post 16 courses that they plan to undertake. It is important for Year 11 pupils to maintain good study habits during this time. To assist in preparation for Post 16 studies, the school has registered all Year 11 pupils on a course in Critical Thinking. The course is regulated by Eton College, an elite independent school of the highest prestige and upon completion of the course Year 11 pupils will receive a certificate from Eton College. Details about how to register for the course will be sent to you via the VLE this week.
In the meantime, please take very good care of yourselves until we see each other again.
Stay at Home, Support the NHS and Save Lives
Joan Deslandes OBE