20th August 2020
Dear Students and Parents,
I’m delighted that we have been able to share your GCSE results with you today. These are a testament to your hard work and perseverance over many years at AMSI.
I wanted to take the opportunity to explain how your results were determined this year. As you know, this year’s GCSE results had to be awarded differently from usual, after exams were unable to go ahead due to COVID-19. Schools and colleges were asked to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grades they believed a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year, and to submit these centre-assessed grades (CAGs) to the relevant exam board.
Groups of teachers and leaders in each subject worked together to discuss and agree the centre-assessed grade for each student. They took into account a wide range of available evidence, including class work, mock exams and other records of student performance.
The intention was that the exam boards would then moderate the CAGs, to check that schools and colleges had approached this task consistently, before providing students with their final calculated grades. Unfortunately, as you will no doubt be aware, the method they used to do this proved problematic, and was likely to lead to many grades being unfairly downgraded.
The government therefore made the decision that GCSE and A level students would be awarded whichever was higher for each subject – their CAG or their calculated grade. This is what the grades you’re receiving today are based on.
If you’re unhappy with any of your results, there will be an opportunity to resit them in November. We don’t yet have full details of how this will work, but please let us know if that’s something you’d like to pursue. Please email email@example.com to express your interest. Please do not contact your teachers directly as they will not be able to discuss your results. You must also want to talk to the sixth form or college you plan to go to in order to confirm your next steps. They may well be flexible about their entry requirements if this is necessary for you.
There is also a flyer on the website that signposts where you can go for emotional support if needed. We will communicate further as necessary and once again, congratulations for everything you’ve achieved in this most difficult of years.