GCSEs: Celebration and relief at Scalby School in Scarborough
There is celebration and relief at Scalby School in Scarborough today as students received their GCSE results.
Headteacher Michael McCluskie said although students were denied the opportunity to sit their exams because of the pandemic, no one should feel “that the excellent grades they were awarded were undeserved”.
The Government announced this week that GCSE students would be awarded centre-assessed grades rather than those given by an algorithm.
Mr McCluskie said: “It is important to remember that we were only four school weeks away from starting the first GCSE exams when we went into lockdown and our Year 11 students had worked incredibly hard since last September in preparation for the exams.
“Therefore the results that they have been awarded are, in our opinion, an accurate assessment of what our Year 11 students would have achieved this year had they sat the exams in May and June.
“I say this with a degree of confidence due to the school’s successful reputation in delivering excellent outcomes for our students in previous years and because we have a rigorous system to moderate our teacher’s predictions.
“This has meant that over the last three years, our predictions have closely matched the actual results achieved by our students.
“Today has been a mixture of celebration and relief for everyone given the recent confusion around how grades were to be awarded.
“I would like to thank the parents and carers of our students for the support and encouragement they have shown their children throughout this challenging year and this is a significant factor in the success we celebrated today.
“On behalf of the trustees of Scalby Learning Trust, our governors, our teachers and our support staff, I wish all of our Year 11 student all the best for the future.
“We are hoping that a relaxation in social distancing restrictions later this year means that we can celebrate these results with our students at our prom, which we have provisionally arranged for November.”
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