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Yr11 & Yr10 Qualifications and issuing of grades

Posted on: April 3rd 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Two weeks ago the decision was taken to close schools and cancel all of this summer’s exams. In my previous letter, posted on the school website, I explained how GCSE grades will be awarded. Grades for GCSE qualifications in 2020 will be calculated using a range of evidence. They will be based on a combination of factors which may include marks for work completed to date and standardised teacher assessed grades.

Following the latest guidance from Qualifications Wales, I can outline the way forward for Year 10 learners. 

Year 10 learners who were due to sit exams that would have led to a whole GCSE qualification this summer will be issued a grade following the same process as Year 11 learners. Teacher assessed grades and other evidence will be used to calculate a grade. 

Year 10 learners who were due to sit units that will lead to GCSE results next summer, will not receive a unit result. For those learners, there will be two options. They can choose to sit only the units they plan to take in summer 2021, with their overall GCSE grade calculated on the basis of that performance only. Alternatively, they can choose to sit the Year 10 units in summer 2021, along with Year 11 units. 

Whichever option a learner chooses, they will be awarded the best grade from either route. No decisions regarding the appropriate route for your child will be made until school reopens. Please be aware that this route may differ depending on each particular subject/course. Qualifications Wales and WJEC are working hard to confirm the position regarding other types of qualification taken by learners in Wales. They are working closely with awarding bodies and stakeholders to make the right decisions for learners and will provide an update to schools next week. 

For qualifications which are taken by learners across the UK, they are working with fellow UK regulators, awarding bodies and governments to ensure consistency and will share more details with schools as soon as they can. All of the decisions made are set within a context of unprecedented times for all of us. I know that you, as parents and carers, are looking for answers to many questions. I will keep posting information as it becomes available, so please keep checking the school website.

Thanks for your continued patience and understanding.

Take care and stay safe,

Mr Brunnock, Headteacher