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Letter to Parents - Ofqual Guidance - Thornhill School Letter to Parents - Ofqual Guidance

Posted by Louise Meah at 11:22AM on 06 April 2020

Monday 6th April 2020

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

I hope that this message finds you well, and that you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe.

When I wrote to you on 19th March 2020, I explained that the Government had announced the decision that all GCSE and A-Level examinations would be cancelled. Further guidance was issued on Friday about how Ofqual would ensure that students are awarded with the grades they deserve.

Schools will submit a centre assessment grade to the exam board during the summer term. The centre assessment grade will be the grade that students were expected to achieve in their exams, based on classwork, homework, mock examinations and any coursework that has been completed. Our Teachers are aware that many students improve their grades between their mock and final examinations, and the centre assessment grade will reflect this.

In line with the Government’s instructions, we will not be asking students to complete any further work to support this process. Our teachers know their students well already and are well placed to make the necessary predictions.

Exam boards will then compare each schools’ predictions across the country with other information available to decide what grades should be awarded to students. Students will be able to use their grades to access their next steps in the normal way.

Exam boards have stated that it is their intention to provide students with their results earlier than normal, but this has not yet been confirmed. We will, of course, share this information with you when we have it.

The Government has made it clear that schools are not allowed to share any information with students and parents about this process until results are published in the summer.

We expect that students will have an opportunity to appeal if they are not satisfied with their grades, though no details of this have yet been published. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to sit exams in the autumn term if they wish to.

Please follow the links below to see:

Ofqual's letter to students

Ofqual's full guidance to Teachers, Students, Parents and Carers

Our schools will also publish copies of these documents on our websites.

Please be assured that our schools will do everything they can to ensure that every student is awarded the grades they deserve. We understand that this will continue to be a challenging time for our students. Please contact your school if have any questions, or need any additional support.

Finally, can I take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful, healthy and happy Easter period. With all best wishes

David Clayton 

Chief Executive


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