Southend-on-Sea pupils receive GCSE results

August 21, 2020

Pupils across Southend-on-Sea received their GCSE results yesterday (Thursday 20 August).

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) confirmed this week that this year’s GCSE grades have been awarded using the centre assessment grade from schools and colleges, rather than those calculated through a standardised algorithm.

However, if students’ calculated grades are higher than the centre assessment grade, their calculated grade will stand. This means that no pupils will receive downgraded results.

Similar to this year’s A-Level results, this year’s GCSE grades will not be used for performance tables for schools, colleges or local authorities and the Council will not be publishing its usual headline figures.

Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and education, said: “Results day is always a big milestone in a young person’s life and this year will be no different. Even though this year we are having to adapt and it has been a stressful time, the results are just as important to ensure that our young people are not held back in any way due to a worldwide pandemic.

“I hope that following the latest announcement on grading, young people feel reassured by the results they receive this week and I am certain that our students will have done us proud in Southend-on-Sea. I want to thank the teaching staff who have worked hard, marking students, supporting students, recommending grades and planning logistics for results day.”

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