Learning & Achieving Together

Examination Announcement Update - 7 January 2021

Dear Student and Parent/Carer,


Further to yesterday’s announcement in Parliament by the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, please see below what he said with regard to examinations:  

“Although exams are the fairest way we have of assessing what a student knows, the impact of this pandemic now means that it is not possible to have these exams this year. I can confirm that GCSEs and A and AS Level exams will not go ahead this summer. This year we are going to put our trust in teachers rather than algorithms.

The department and Ofqual had already worked up a range of contingency options. While the details will need to be fine-tuned in consultation with Ofqual, the exam boards and teaching representatives, I can confirm now that I wish to use a form of teacher-assessed grades, with training and support provided to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently.” Gavin Williamson, 6 January 2021

Once the details around this have been establish by the Department for Education and Ofqual, we will write to you explaining clearly what this will look like in practice and we will make sure that we provide students with opportunities to ask questions and to share any concerns so that we can support you with the facts and reassurance you deserve. In the meantime, we would encourage you not to worry or to anticipate your grades; it is likely that teachers will not be asked to submit information until much later in the year, once students have had the opportunity to complete their courses and to illustrate their progress and understanding through online learning and also, as we hope, in lessons after the February half term. Last year, teachers submitted centre awarded grades in May.

We hope that you are starting to get into a routine of remote learning; it may take a few more days for students and staff to become confident in using the learning tools regularly, but I know that the vast majority of you have engaged well in learning already or have let us know of any glitches and we are working in partnership to solve these. Your Year Leaders are impressed by your approach and proud of the maturity and positivity that you have shown so far. Well done!


Kind regards

Charlotte Hames and Christine MacInnes

Interim Co-Headteachers