Dear Parent / Carer
I hope you and your families are well.
I write to you following latest guidance from Ofqual and the Information Commissioner’s Office in relation to the Centre Assessed Grades and Rank Order information that we submitted to the exam boards in June of this year.
It is our intention to provide all our students who sat exams with the Centre Assessed Grades and Ranks at the same time as they receive their official grades by the awarding bodies.
Please note that the Centre Assessed Grades hold no validity in terms of recognised qualifications. The results given by the exam boards are the only grades that will be recognised by education establishments and the world of work, although we know that Ofqual have asked further education colleges and universities to consider the Centre Assessed Grades where they differ. We believe however that students should have both sets of grades so they can see what their teachers and the school believed they would have achieved.
Where there is a difference, it is helpful to understand the process which has taken place. The grades that we submitted were our best assessment of what students would have achieved if they had taken exams. However, the exam boards then applied a ‘standardisation model’ so that the distribution of grades awarded this year is consistent with those awarded in other years at a national level, and this process inevitably results in some centre-assessed grades being adjusted.
This process is aimed at ensuring fairness and consistency between students in different years and in different schools and colleges so that, for example, it does not result in more students nationally being awarded higher grades this year when compared to cohorts in previous years. It is done to ensure that this year’s grades are as valid as in any other year.
I appreciate this is an anxious time in the final build up to students receiving their exam results. On the day itself, Senior staff will be available to support any student who has questions and concerns over their grades and I will provide further guidance on external support agencies and the process if your child wishes to take the exam in the Autumn term when results are collected. It is important that all questions related to exam grades are directed to Mrs McKeown /Ms Smith-A Level and Mrs McKeown/Ms Lewry for GCSE.
I hope you find this information useful.
My continued best wishes to you and your families.
Chichester High School