Summer 2020 results

The recent announcement from the Education Secretary (read it here) might have caused further confusion for students awaiting results tomorrow (A-Level) and next week (GCSE).  It does not change the process for GCSE and A-Levels results days which you can read about on the Exams page of our website here as well as in this newsfeed. 
 
We know this is a difficult and confusing time, with mixed messages coming from the media also.  We ask students and their families not to speculate or panic about what this means.  
 
OFQUAL have issued a statement (read it here), which says that “we understand why the government has wanted to provide some additional assurance for students, by confirming that evidence from valid mock exams can be considered as part of an appeal. We are working urgently to operationalise this as fairly as possible and to determine what standards of evidence will be required for the appeal. We will provide more detail early next week.
 
So, when the School we can offer more information about this, we will. 
 
Meantime, tomorrow, Thursday 13th August (A-Level), and on Thursday 20th August (GCSE), students will get a letter emailed to them from the St Marylebone Exams Office, giving them all the information they need.  Read this carefully and take time to think things through.  
 
Meantime, St Marylebone School is working hard to get everything in place to offer students the support and information they need to secure their next steps.

2020 Examinations

Examination Results Days: GCSE and A Level

This year the examination results days are: 

 

A level: Thursday 13th August 2020

GCSE:  Thursday 20th August 2020

 

Due to the restrictions placed on us by COVID-19, your examination results will be sent to you via email and will not be available in School. They will be sent to the students’ school email addresses on the results days. We are only able to send them directly to the students themselves. The results will be accompanied by support about what to do next.

If you have achieved the grades to progress to your next step there will be instructions as to what to do next.  For Year 11, this will include the form to complete your registration at The St Marylebone CE Sixth Form.  This will be completed online and there will be no need to come into school. If you have any queries about courses then there will be an opportunity to book an appointment to come into school. If you have not achieved your grades for the next step there will be the opportunity to make an appointment to come into school for advice and guidance.  Please don’t come into school without an appointment as we must limit the number of students on-site, for health and safety reasons.

 

We know that many of you will be anxious about the awarding of grades this year. It is important that you know that the School and your teachers went through a detailed and careful process in April and May in order to send off grades to the exam boards that reflected the grades that you deserved. This process started by looking at the work you produced throughout the eighteen months of your course, not just one piece of work or exam. Teachers carefully followed the guidance given by Ofqual to ensure that the grade profile was similar to previous years in the School’s data.  They met together to discuss each student and rank, then these grades were analysed independently to ensure they were free from bias and that they fitted our School’s data  profile. The School then used this information to submit Centre Assessed Grades to the exam boards.  Remember that the School’s data profile is very strong and robust.  The St Marylebone School has an excellent track record in exams which Ofqual has said will support the awarding of the grades.

 

The exam boards will be using the School’s Centre Assessed Grades and ranks to award the final grades, through a national standardisation process.  This process is independent of the School and we have no influence over it.

After the results are published for you in August,  you can only access the grades awarded by the School (the Centre Assessed Grades) if you make a formal Subject Access Request. The details of how to do this will be included with your results. The School will also run an autumn exam season for students to sit exams if their grades are not as they expected and if these grades limit the student’s choices in the next stage of education. We recommend these exams are entered with caution and only if the outcomes will plausibly change the student’s next step in education. The details for applying for the autumn will follow after the results in August.

 

Please note that school staff cannot, under any circumstances, discuss the grades awarded by the School, or the difference between these grades and the grades awarded in August, with students or their parents / carers.  It is considered malpractice by Ofqual for us to discuss individuals’ grades with students and their families. Thank you for understanding.  

 

While it is certainly an unusual situation, and unsettling for students and the School, we feel confident that we have put the best of our efforts into the grading process, based on the School’s robust data profile, knowledge of our students as individuals and their courses. 

 

Susan Anderson
Assistant Headteacher

Year 9 Award Celebration Parent Letter

15th July 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to begin by thanking you all for your support of your child’s Year 9 Award this year. I have been absolutely blown away by the incredible commitment shown by Year 9 to their Award, especially in the face of current challenges. The students have displayed the Marylebone 5 qualities both inside and outside of school to a wonderful extent and I am sure you are as proud of their achievements as I am.

At this point in the academic calendar, we would usually gather together in Church to celebrate the students’ fantastic work and they would find out the level they have achieved for their Year 9 Award. Unfortunately, this has not been possible this year and instead, myself and other members of staff have worked hard to put together a virtual celebration for the students instead. This was shared with students on Monday via Google Classroom, so they should already be aware of the level that they achieved. Furthermore, some students were also awarded the Wow Award or Outstanding in the Face of Covid-19 Award, both impressive additional accomplishments.

I would like to invite you to watch the virtual celebration video and join me in extending my warm congratulations to Year 9 upon the completion of their Award. You can find the video linked here

I also encourage you to look through the virtual gallery of Independent Projects that the students have compiled. It has been a pleasure to see their hard work come to fruition and I hope you also enjoy looking at the gallery. You can find the virtual gallery linked here. Please note, if your child is yet to include their work in the gallery, there is still time to add to it, but please ensure this is completed as soon as possible.

Once again, thank you for your support and I wish you a pleasant summer break.

 

Kind regards,

 

Miss Emma Harrison Beesley

History teacher and i/c of Year 9 Award