Dear Parent/Carer,

I know this is a difficult time for many of you, and the next few weeks will be an adjustment for all of us. We are doing everything we can to support your children and families at this time and appreciate your patience and support.

As you are already aware this year’s summer exam series, including GCSEs, BTECs and Cambridge Nationals have been cancelled as we fight to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Government’s priority is now to ensure that Y11s can move onto their college or sixth form courses in the autumn. The grades awarded to pupils will be a combination of teacher professional judgement and a calculated grade provided by Ofqual.

All teachers of Y11 have been asked to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead. To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on PPE2 and non-exam assessment. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

The aim is to provide grades to students before the end of July. In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years. The Department for Education also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students do not face a systematic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances. Should pupils believe the correct process has not been followed in their case they will be able to appeal. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021. We have also attached the Year 11 exams FAQ 23-03-20. If you have any further questions then please email a.wiles@starbank.bham.sch.uk

Yours Sincerely

 

Mr. G Ferrante

Secondary Headteacher