On 13 August 2020 Kingsmeadow Post 16 students received their A Level and AS grades. On 20 August Year 10 and Year 11 students were able to collect their GCSE grades. This year’s results had to be awarded differently from usual, after exams were unable to go ahead due to Covid-19. Schools were asked to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grades they believed a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year, and to submit these centre-assessed grades (CAGs) to the relevant exam board. Groups of teachers and leaders in each subject worked together to discuss and agree the centre-assessed grade for each student. They took into account a wide range of available evidence, including class work, key assessments and other records of student performance.
The intention was that the exam boards would then moderate the CAGs, to check that schools and colleges had approached this task consistently, before providing students with their final calculated grades. Unfortunately, as you will no doubt be aware, the method they used to do this proved problematic, and was likely to lead to many grades being unfairly downgraded.
The government therefore made the decision that GCSE and A level students would be awarded whichever was higher for each subject – their CAG or their calculated grade. This is what the grades that were issued in August reflected. Vocational grades were delayed for both Level 3 and 2 and were only finally confirmed over a week later.
Notwithstanding the difficult route to these final grades, they are still a testament to the hard work of KIngsmeadow students. Staff used completed assessments and work completed throughout the courses to reach the CAGs.
Congratulations to the class of 2020. Students have worked hard and achieved some excellent outcomes.
65% of students have achieved a standard pass in both English and Maths, with English once again performing well.
Congratulations also to our Post 16 cohort. This year 100% of Post 16 achieved a pass, 80% of students achieved A*-C, 55% A*- B and all students that were seeking to do so, secured their first choice university place.
Students’ hard work throughout their time in the Sixth Form has paid off with the majority now looking forward to progressing onto higher education or the world or work.