GCSE Results Day 2020

We are delighted with the performance of our students who have again achieved excellent results in their GCSE examinations this year. Our results have maintained the high standards we have been achieving for the last 5 years and we are extremely proud of them.

Through the hard work of students and staff we have ensured that the recent days of chaos did not impact on the successes they deserved. It was great to see so many smiley faces and students who were happy to see the last few months over. The strong results also ensured that so many of our students will be entering our successful 6th form, moving on to high quality courses in local colleges, or securing their place on apprenticeships.

Thank you to staff, parents and governors for the support and encouragement that they have given to these young people. We are expecting more great results when the BTECs come through next week.

A Level results day 2020

Chesterfield High School is pleased to announce that its students will be receiving some of the best ever A-Level results achieved at the school. Even at a time of national issues with results, the school and the students have maintained their success rate.  They have applied and succeeded at achieving a place at university and we wish them well in their future careers and lives.

This year, our school has successfully achieved 100% A*-E, with learners in Year 13 achieving 25% of A level grades, or equivalent, at A*-A and 46% at A*-B. We are very proud of all our students.

Kevin Sexton, Headteacher, commented, “We are delighted with these results. They reflect just how hard students and staff have worked to ensure that our learners achieved excellent outcomes. The standard of teaching and learning in our Sixth Form is truly impressive.

I am so proud of our students and their achievements. These are great results and there are so many wonderful success stories that lie beneath these statistics. What impresses me the most is that we are enabling our students to make real and sustained progress in our Sixth Form. They have been given a huge amount of support by their teachers and parents, but the success they have achieved really comes down to them. This reaffirms our strong ethos of ‘respect for self, respect for others, and respect for learning’.

My biggest pleasure is knowing that so many of these students will now be able to access their chosen destinations, whether that will be university, apprenticeships or a career. I wish them all the best.”

For further information about the Sixth Form at Chesterfield High School, including applications for September 2020, please contact the school directly.

Letter to Parents from Ofqual

A message from Ofqual

Dear parent/carer,

We know that it has been a really unsettling few months for students, since schools, colleges and other providers were closed to many and exams were cancelled. We are writing to reassure you about what has been put in place so students are able to move on to further study or employment, with results which carry the same value as any other year.

How grades have been set this year

After exams were cancelled we worked with exam boards and leading assessment experts to develop a reliable method to calculate student grades. This involved asking each school or college to tell us what grade they believed each student would have received in each subject if exams had gone ahead, and how their expected performance compared to others in their class. We know teachers worked extremely hard to deliver this year’s arrangements and the majority of grades students receive will be the same, or within one grade, as their centre’s judgements – reflecting the skills, professionalism and integrity of those involved.

Schools and colleges used a range of evidence to make their judgements including non-exam assessments, results of homework assignments or mock exams and any other records of student performance over the course of study. At least two teachers were involved in agreeing each proposed grade, and each one was signed off by the head teacher or college principal.

Making sure results are as fair as they can be

It is really important that we make sure the same standard is applied for all students, whichever school, college, or part of the country they come from. That’s why we have calculated all results using the same method, which makes sure we have a level playing field for all students and results across the country are comparable. The overwhelming majority of people who responded to our consultation – including teachers and students – supported the aims of our moderation approach, because they know that if the results were not moderated, they would be unfair.

This means that this year’s results will have the same value as in any other year. Students, universities, colleges and employers can have confidence in the results – allowing the class of 2020 to compete fairly with students from previous and future years.

Despite some reports, you can be assured that the moderation process does not mean a blanket reduction in the grades that teachers put forward. Adjustments will vary across schools and colleges, and in different subjects, and will only be made where the evidence supports them.

The grades awarded will be based either entirely on the teachers’ judgements, or on a combination of their judgements and the statistical moderation. Where the moderation process finds that a school or college has over or under-estimated the likely number of students achieving a grade, the students who are moved up or down a grade are those the centre felt were closest to the grade boundary. No grade is being awarded purely on the basis of statistics.

Although the process of moderation is essential to ensure results are as fair as they can be, there is nothing fair about the fact that Covid-19 has denied young people this year the chance to demonstrate their skills in an exam. For that reason, where possible we have made decisions that work in students’ favour and overall results will be more lenient.

Of course, we can never know for sure how an individual student might have performed in their exams. Universities and colleges understand this, and many have committed to showing flexibility in their admissions decisions. Overall we believe these results will be as fair as they possibly can be in the absence of exams.

Appeals and complaints

The vast majority of students are going to receive grades that are fair and that will enable them to progress to their next stage. However we know there are some students and families who may want to appeal their grade. If this is the case, you should speak to your child’s school or college. Schools or colleges have to be the ones that submit appeals, and will do so if they believe there has been an error or that the moderation process has not produced a reliable result.

We have published a guide on our website to help students and their families understand how appeals will operate this summer. This includes information on complaints about potential bias or discrimination. We believe such complaints will be rare, but they will need to be taken very seriously.

For more information on the next steps after students have received their results, contact the Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100 900. You can also contact Ofqual directly on 0300 303 3344, or by email at public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk.

To all students receiving their results, whatever their next step, we wish them well. They have experienced a unique disruption to their lives. Their grades awarded over the next two weeks will enable as many as possible to move on in their lives with a sense of pride in their hard work and achievements.