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YEAR 11 RESULTS DAY - Thursday 20 August at 10:30am

We want to see you in person and encourage you to come into college to collect your results.  However, we do understand some of you may be reluctant or unable to do this and so at the same time we will also email them to you using your college email address. 

I know a number of you have questions about what they will look like; how you will get them; and what the process will be if you need to repeat them?  It has taken time to write this letter as the situation has continued to develop during the holidays.  I am sure that you are aware that last week the government issued new guidance which changes the appeals process.  However, as your results day gets nearer, it is important to clarify what our plans are to support you.

Over the last 4 months the college has been working to ensure our grade recommendations (known as Centre Assessed Grades) and the ranks of those grades reflect our candid professional view.  They represent what we feel you would have got, had you completed the exams. 

A detailed breakdown of the process we have internally followed can be found below.  As you will see the aim throughout has been to ensure our recommendations, on your behalf, were of the highest integrity, honest and free from bias.  Every grade recommendation has gone through 3 separate stages of moderation, involving a number of double checks, by a variety of different staff.

In June we handed your centre assessed grades and rankings over to the exam boards, at which point we lost any control to influence the grade you get.  They make the final decision, as they have been told by Ofqual they must change, or “standardise” your results up or down by considering a number of variables.  They are:

  1. How the subject you have studied performed at Henry Cort over the last few years
  2. Your past attainment in primary school (if you did SATs exams)
  3. How particular groups of students with “protected characteristics” (for example pupil premium status). 

For a more detailed explanation of this process please see this video by Ofqual

We understand you may have some strong feelings about this, and in many ways, we share them too.  As such we have written to exam boards, Ofqual and the Department for Education raising our concerns but, ultimately, this is a decision made by the government and, as such, is a national policy that we must adhere to. 

You will receive your exam board derived grades on Thursday 20 August at 10:30am.  We want to see you in person and encourage you to come into college to collect your results.  However, we do understand some of you may be reluctant or unable to do this and so at the same time we will also email them to you using your @henrycort.co.uk address.  If you do come in to collect them, please arrive at the main college gate promptly and with a face mask, where you will be screened and directed to four house areas.  Weather permitting, we will do this outside in the main quad but if not, we will direct you indoors.  We are expecting a number of staff to be on hand to talk through your results, to offer support if needed and to celebrate your hard earned achievements.

I expect many of you will be happy with your exam board derived grades.  However, in the event that you are not, I would encourage you first to reflect on what consequences this may have for your future.  It may be that whilst disappointing, they do not stop you doing what you want to do at college, or with an apprenticeship.  If in doubt, please make use of the national careers service helpline (0800 100 900).  If your grades are a barrier to your progress and/or you feel your performance would be significantly better, then you have an opportunity in the Autumn to sit the exams.  Exact details of where they will take place, and how much each one will cost (typically around £50 per GCSE) are still to be determined. 

However, in order for us to have the time to process entries then we will need to know by 12:00 noon on Thursday 27 August if you wish for this to happen.  Please complete the 2020 Autumn Resit Declaration form by the deadline in order to declare your intentions.  On it you will find the provisional dates of each exam paper that we know so far.  Please note your grades from these exams will not be available until Thursday 11 February 2021.  In the event your grades are higher than the exam board derived grades you receive this August the college will re-issue you with a new certificate, or you will retain the one you already have, whichever is higher. 

Students can appeal their results if there is evidence of a technical error by either the college or exam board.  If this is the case, I would first encourage you to talk it through with either myself or Ms Cubbage where we can detail the process.  We will both be available during results day to discuss as necessary or you can go directly to the exam board (please see details on their website nearer the time).  Following the latest government decision last week, the college can now also appeal for an entire subject if we feel our historic performance has unfairly impacted results.  See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/your-results-what-next#history for details.  We will not know if this is the case until 20 August 2020 and we will inform you if this is pursued.

Finally, when you come in for your results you will also have the opportunity to donate your old uniform to the college.  A number of families within our community rely on us to support them, particularly in these economically difficult times, so any help you can provide would be massively appreciated.  For those that have ordered them, you will also be able to pick up your leavers hoodies from reception. 

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

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