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A Level Results 2020

A Level Results 2020

Posted on: 13/08/2020

This really has been very challenging times for all our students taking their final A Level and vocational equivalent Level 3 examinations this year. 
 
Firstly, the students could not complete their courses when lockdown started back in March when schools had to close to most students with so little warning. 
 
Then we were told that there would be no final external A Level, GCSE and Vocational examinations for the students to sit in May and June and that our teachers would be awarding grades, based on their knowledge of the students. Teachers spent a considerable time ensuring this was a fair and robust system and all the grades were checked many times before grades and rank order were submitted to the exam boards by the deadlines. 
 
This week we have found out that in the end, the teachers grades were not considered in the final awarding of grades and that Ofqual, the national body that controls all the exams, would be creating grades based on the previous history of students in each subject in each school. 
 
So students have now been given a grade for each of their subjects from the exam boards. Students have three choices - they can accept this grade from the exam boards, they can ask the school to appeal on their behalf against the grade awarded by the exam board (and we believe that the mock result may be considered as part of this appeal process) or they can decide to sit the exam again in the Autumn examinations series.
 
This is putting lots of additional stress on to all students and their families at an already stressful time. It is also putting additional pressure on all the school staff too. But all the staff at Whitefield remain determined to support students through this difficult time.
 
Staff have suggested that if students have the grade they need for their next steps we would advise them to accept the grade and move on with positivity and excitement to that next step. 
 
We are delighted to share in the news that Luke Brown achieved AAB and will be studying Politics at Lancaster University. Diana Teixeira will be studying Nursing at King's College London along with Bogdan Tataru who achieved ABB and will be studying Electronic Engineering. University places range from Portsmouth, a number of London based uni's right up to Lancaster and Keele. Many of the students will be going on to study Accounting, Psychology and Law as well as many other subjects. 
 
Liz Rymer, Headteacher, said “My staff have worked tirelessly throughout lockdown to support students and their families. I am delighted that students will finally be getting their results at the end of what has been a very challenging year. And I am thrilled that all our sixth form students have managed to secure their places at their university of choice”. Louise Cavanagh, Assistant Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form said it was such a joy to see the students today. All students who applied to university have been offered a place so we are thrilled. A special mention to Luke Brown, Bogdan Tataru, Suada Ahmed, Nicole Villanueva, Adam Donovan, Canice Touhey, Tyreece Gayle, Ines Santana, Natalia Pietzryk, Christina Baahi, Afroo Moonalaakal, Jordan Bascombe for their fantastic grades. 
 
If students have concerns about the grades they have been awarded, then they should contact Miss Cavanagh at the school on lcv@whitefield.barnet.sch.uk.
 
Liz Rymer
Headteacher 
13 August 2020