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A-Level and GCSE Results 2020
Thursday, 20th August 2020
Highbury Fields School is incredibly proud of all our Year 13 and Year 11 students, who last Thursday and today received their A-level and GCSE results in quite extraordinary circumstances.
Like all school students, Year 13 and 11 have had to endure the enforced school closure but also the cancellation of their examinations and the uncertainty and speculation regarding how their final grades will be awarded.
As parents and carers are doubtless aware, following the publication of A-level results on Thursday 13th August, large numbers of schools, including Highbury Fields, raised concerns about the accuracy and consistency of the ‘calculated grades’ awarded to students by examination boards.
Subsequently, on Monday 17th August, the Department for Education and OFQUAL, the examinations regulator, announced that GCSE and A-level results would be awarded on the basis of the ‘centre assessment grades’, which were determined by individual schools.
The Department for Education statement can be read at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gcse-and-a-level-students-to-receive-centre-assessment-grades and the OFQUAL statement at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-roger-taylor-chair-ofqual .
This change, though welcomed by the school, happened after A-level results had been issued and just before the publication of GCSE results; creating unnecessary worry and upset for students across the country. Highbury Fields students have responded to this exceptionally difficult moment in time with their usual maturity and good grace and a remarkable degree of tolerance.
The diligent and careful work of teachers has meant that Year 13 and Year 11 students have attained results that reflect and maintain the excellent attainment and progress of the school in recent years. For our students, however, what is most important is not the grades they have attained but, in these uncertain times, being able to take the next steps in their education with confidence and conviction.
Year 13 students can now look forward to continuing their higher education at some of the country’s most prestigious universities.
Students will read subjects such as medicine, biomedical science, engineering, fine art, history, law, nursing, physics and psychology at some of the country’s most prestigious universities, including Bristol, Leeds, King’s College London, Loughborough, Nottingham, Manchester, Royal Holloway, University College London and York.
The school wishes all Year 13 and Year 11 students the very best with the next stages of their education at university or in the sixth form and congratulates them, not just on their results, but on the people they have become.