'Confusion' as students in Derbyshire received their A Level results

This year’s A Level results day was more than a little different to usual this year, as no exams were allowed to take place, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 12:43 pm

The process for deciding a student’s grade was set by Ofqual, the government’s body for regulating exams.

For each student, schools and colleges provided a 'centre assessment grade' for each subject, the grade they would be most likely to have achieved had exams gone ahead, taking into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock exam results.

Steve Huntington, executive principal at Heanor Gate Science College (HGSC) said: “I am delighted to say that many of our students have been awarded fair grades requisite of their abilities, tenacity and hard work.

Students have received their A Level results

"Also, and much more importantly, the vast majority of our students have grades that will allow them to move onto the next stage of their journey whatever that may be.

"However as you will undoubtedly be aware, the policy and 11th hour change of policy has led to some confusion around what grades the students will eventually end up with.

"The national picture is suggesting that 40 per cent of teacher grades have been changed, HGSC are in line with that figure and therefore there will be some work to do on appeals when the guidance and protocol of appeals are published.

“This cohort of students are the best I’ve ever worked with and we have what I regard as an ‘exceptional cohort’ as well as some amazing individual students that have clearly been affected by a national algorithmic system that shows no recognition of that.

“The most important part of this is now making sure no doors have been closed and that all of our students are secure in their plans for September."

Coun Alex Dale, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for young people, said: "There’s plenty of advice and support on offer for all students from their school or college as they consider their next steps."

Students unhappy with their results can sit exams in the autumn and should ask their school or college.

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