Published on - 06-04-2020
A message for all parents & guardians of GCSE students this summer.
We understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for your child, since the announcement that exams have been cancelled this summer, and that you and your child are urgently waiting for news. We wanted to let you know what the Government have decided to do in order to provide your child with grades. The over-riding aim in this is to be fair to students this summer and to make sure they are not disadvantaged in their progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions.
How will grades be calculated?
BHCS has been asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your child's subjects, based on what we know about your child's work and achievements:
This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges. BHCS will consider a range of things like your child's classwork and homework; your child's results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework your child might have done; and your child's general progress during your course.
This information will allow the Government, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade your child could get could be different from the one BHCS sends to the exam board.
Does my child need to complete any new work for us to submit a grade?
BHCS is not required to set additional mock exams or home learning for the centre assessment grade, and your child won’t be disadvantaged if they were not set, or were unable to complete, any work given out after schools were closed.
Can I see the grades we submit for your child?
No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your child's teachers, or anyone else at BHCS, to tell you their grades we will be sending to the exam boards or where we have placed your child in the order of students; we have been instructed by the Government not to share this with you.
My child is a private candidate – what does this mean for me?
If your child is a private candidate (for example, following distance-learning programmes) we will include your child where Mr Edwards as head teacher is confident that he and our staff have seen sufficient evidence of your child's achievement to make an objective judgement.
When will your child get their results?
The Government are working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they will be issued a little earlier, so your child can have the certainty they need.
Can your child take their exams another time?
The Government are working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in the coming weeks.
The information the Government have published covers GCSEs, AS and A levels, plus Extended Project Qualifications and Additional Extension Awards in maths. You can find out more about which qualifications and students are included, and the current arrangements for those which are not, in the Government's detailed guidance; along with answers to other questions that you and your child might have. The Government will keep updating their guidance as new information becomes available, including to share details about vocational and technical qualifications as soon as they can, we will keep you updated accordingly.
Please be reassured that the grades your child get this summer will look exactly the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, to help your child move forward in their life as planned.
With every best wish,
Mr David Watkins
Brighton Hill Community School