Learning & Achieving Together

Announcement on the Awarding of Grades - 25 February, 2021

Dear Student and Parent/Carer,

Today the government, through Ofqual, has published information about how students’ grades will be awarded this year. You can read a summary of the main information below and a longer version online here. The online version then has links within it to a much longer document. There is still a lot of work to be done by examination boards and then schools to set out exactly how grades will be awarded in each subject, but we now know the main information.

What is clear is that the system will reward students for their work so far and will also give students opportunities to make a difference to their final grades over the coming months.

We will share more information with you through assemblies, emails and lessons, as examination boards release subject guidance, but for now, please find the main points below.

Kind regards,

Charlotte Hames and Christine MacInnes

Interim Co-Headteachers


GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs: How grades will be awarded in 2021

  • Schools will award grades for each subject based only on content that you will have been taught by the end of the year.
  • They will use a range of evidence from the course, including work done remotely, where appropriate, and work that you will do between now and the end of the year.
  • This might include work that you have already completed, mock exam results, homework or in-class tests as well as work that you will complete when you return. Your teachers may also use questions from exam boards, based on past papers, to help assess you.
  • Schools will send grades to exam boards late in the summer term so that teaching and learning can continue for as long as possible.
  • If your subject has NEA/coursework you should keep working on it and it will be included in evidence used for your final grade, even if you have been unable to complete it.
  • Exam boards will give schools guidance and information to help to ensure that judgements are consistent across teachers and all schools.
  • Results dates: A Levels on 10 August, and GCSEs on 12 August. BTEC and other vocational course grades will be given out before or on these dates.
  • Students will be able to appeal to check whether an error has been made when submitting a grade. Examination boards will also consider appeals about grades based on evidence provided.
  • For GCSE and A Level art and design, your grade will be based on your portfolio only, whether or not you have finished it. For GCSE English language, GCSE modern foreign languages and A Level sciences, you will be given a separate result for the spoken language or practical skills tested, based on work that you have completed.

Finally, Ofqual, who work with the government on qualifications say:

“It’s important that you keep engaged in your learning and study as long as possible so that your hard work can be considered in your grade. And it will stand you in good stead for the next stage of your life.”