The waiting and uncertainty is over – it’s A-level results day, a results day like no other. With the cancellation of A-level exams, students’ grades have been awarded based on a combination of teacher assessment, and school and student exam result data from previous years.
According to figures released by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) nearly 40% of teacher assessments have been downgraded putting many students’ university places in jeopardy.
At St John’s Marlborough, over two hundred Year 13 students were welcomed into school this morning, their first time in school since lockdown, to collect their A-level results. Staff were available to welcome, advise and reassure students, at a time when this additional support is of critical importance.
Principal, Ian Tucker, is delighted with what St John’s students have achieved this year. He said: “Each and every one of our students epitomises our Sixth Form core values of challenge, resilience and independence. The overwhelming majority of our students will be entering University or apprenticeships and we are delighted to see many of our students moving to Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities in September.”
Ian Tucker also had a message for all the students leaving Year 13.
“We are so proud of you! Your teachers who have worked hard and supported you at every step want to congratulate you and wish you every success as you move on to the next chapter of your exciting lives”.
Whether or not St John’s teacher assessments were lowered, or whether the school will be appealing any of the results, or requesting that a student’s mock exam result be used instead of the awarded grade was information St John’s was unwilling to share today with Marlborough.news.
Kate Hunter, St John’s Marketing and Excalibur Teaching School Manager, said, “We want to focus on destinations – students who have succeeded in gaining places at university or apprenticeships, and the fact that students have shown huge resilience through these difficult times.”