17 Aug 2020

Derby High School Delighted with Government Policy Reversal

Derby High School Delighted with Government Policy Reversal

A-level and GCSE students will be awarded the grades predicted for them by their teachers, the Government has announced this afternoon.

It follows days of turmoil after the publication of A-level results in England on Thursday, with almost 40% of predicted results downgraded across the country, prompting uproar amongst students and teachers.

Derby High School’s Headteacher, Mrs Amy Chapman says, “I am delighted about this reversal of government policy, as it means that the grades of our students will now reflect appropriately and fairly the evidence our teachers have collected over the 5 terms of assessed work and mock examination results.

I do recognise how difficult the last few days have been for many of our Year 13s. I am proud of their resilience and determination not to allow the grades awarded using the Ofqual statistical model to define them”.

Mrs Chapman has emailed all Derby High A level students this afternoon to advise them to contact her at the earliest opportunity to support them in providing their Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs) to their firm choice university. Derby High is not yet sure exactly how universities are likely to react to this change of grade awards, but will do everything it can to ensure they are treated fairly.

Mrs Chapman continues, “I wish to thank our teachers who worked with professionalism and integrity to submit our Centre Assessed Grades for all of their students. This afternoon’s decision will mean students expecting their GCSE results on Thursday can have confidence that they will not experience the same unfairness, disadvantage and anguish as their older peers”.