gcse results day at st edmund’s

It’s GCSE Results day at St Edmund’s School and we offer congratulations to our Year 11 students who have achieved an excellent set of GCSE results. Of course, the academic year 2020-21 was seriously impacted by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

With all formal external exams being cancelled by Ofqual, a system of Teacher Assessment Grades was put in place. Unlike last year, no algorithms were imposed by exam boards and Teacher Assessment Grades were, instead, based on a holistic judgement of pupil performance. This was assessed through ‘baskets’ of detailed evidence, including mock exams and internal Final Assessments. Processes of internal and external quality assurance were then undertaken both within the School and by exam boards to check and validate the “TAGs”.

We are pleased to announce that at the proportion of 9-7 (A*-A) grades was 52% (2020: 45%). 98% of all grades achieved were grades 9- 4 (A*-C) or higher (2020: 98%). Our pupils now look forward to A-Level study and a fresh start in September.

“We are immensely proud of this talented year group and all that they have achieved, ” says Head Edward O’Connor. “These results demonstrate that our pupils worked with great commitment and focus throughout the year to overcome the disruption created by the COVID19 crisis. I am indebted to our extraordinary teaching staff who did a brilliant job adapting to remote learning. They then worked tirelessly to support this year group when they returned to the classroom. My thanks also go to our parents for their loyalty and support. This morning has been a collective celebration of achievement and resilience and I wish the class of 2021 every success as they move on to the challenges of Sixth Form study.”

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