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A Level and GCSE Centre Assessed Grades to Stand

The government announced on Monday 17th August that GCSE and A level grades will be awarded according to the Centre Assessed Grades submitted by schools and awarded by teachers.

The Minster School fully supports this position as the best way to award grades according to the merits of students as opposed to a statistical model.  We appreciate the distress this situation has caused to students, families and teachers and  wish that anxiety and disruption had not occurred.

Further details as we understand them are as follows:

  • Students will be awarded their centre assessed grade as submitted by the school unless the exam board grade is higher in which case that grade will stand.
  • Centre assessed GCSE results will be awarded on the aforementioned basis on Thursday. The school is not permitted to release its grades before that point.  Mr Partridge has already shared details with year 11 students and their families about collecting results.  We will be undertaking a careful cross-referencing exercise to make sure the grades issued are as we expect.
  • A Level students and families who have already been issued the incorrect grades will be sent a copy of our centre assessed grades on Tuesday 18th August.  These should be the grades that stand unless the exam boards issued a higher grade, in which case that will be the final grade.  We would like to make sure all students have those grades straight away to support their progression.  We do not yet know when corrected grades will be issued formally.

Any year 13 student who would like support with next steps and university queries should email -  someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

This has been a tumultuous period of time in education and we will continue to help all students and families in any way we can.  I thank my colleagues for their resilience and integrity and you for your support.  Most of all I congratulate students on their earned achievements and hope that this change of government position will help them to progress with confidence into the future.  We are very proud of them.

Matthew Parris

Head Teacher