GCSE results: Clevedon School praises ‘talented and hard-working’ students
PUBLISHED: 14:10 24 August 2020
Students and families arrived to collect GCSE results on Thursday morning on a very different results day.
Nervous anticipation filled the air at Clevedon School prior to opening the important envelopes.
Implementing a staggered arrival time for families, the whole year group was able to come into school with their families to collect their results and be supported by staff and governors.
Headteacher Jim Smith said: “This cohort of students were working so hard for their qualifications and I am so pleased that so many are getting the results they deserve today.
“The national confusion and chaos in the build up to results ay should take nothing away from these talented students and it is joyous to see so many happy students and families.
“We have seen a small uplift in our results across all measures, but it is line with what we expected from this cohort of students had they sat the exams.
“They are a very talented and hardworking group of students and certainly not a group who have been gifted results due to grade hyper-inflation.
“The majority of our students choose to stay at Clevedon School and attend the sixth form studying A-levels, BTECS and EPQ.
“As ever, but especially this year, one of our prime jobs today has been to work with all students to make sure everyone has a pathway to post-16 employment, apprenticeships or education at a college.
“Where needed, we will continue to work in the coming days on both these personalised pathways and making sure we do all we can to get the fairest and best outcome for all students”.
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Last year, the school received its best-ever maths and English results, with 72 per cent of pupils receiving at least a grade 4 – a baseline pass – in both subjects.
The methodology behind awarding grades is still under intense scrutiny with students awaiting BTEC qualifications still to given their final grade.
Clevedon Learning Trust chief executive, John Wells, added: “This group of students have faced a unique set of circumstances over the past few months; yet they are now equipped with skills, experiences and qualifications that will help them in their next steps and go on to further success. Well done to the class of 2020.”
Mr Smith added: “The system of awarding grades is still subject to debate, challenge and much media attention.
“The school will be working with any awarding body as required to make sure the remaining grades are accurate and fair for our students.”
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