Information For Students/Parents/Carers – A level & KS5 Vocational Qualifications 2020 Posted on: 13 Aug 2020

STOP PRESS: on 17/08/2020 ofqual announced that A level students and GCSE students would receive their centre assessed grades (teacher grades). Where a higher grade has already been awarded through Ofqual’s statistical model they higher grade will be honoured. The Academy will no longer be appealing the centre results.

The Academy will be appealing the statistical downgrading of the centre assessed grades by OFQUAL/examination boards in 2020.

According to, in 2019 the Academy A level progress was ‘above average’ with a progress score of +0.3. This year the Academy undertook a rigorous approach to awarding centre assessed grades during the Covid-19 lockdown, internally standardising grades over a period of weeks; staff were confident in the grades awarded to their students. Using teachers’ centre assessed grades the Academy should have remained as ‘above average’ with a progress score of +0.3.

Following the statistical adjustment by ofqual/examination boards, the Academies’ provisional progress score is now -0.14, placing the Academy provisionally ‘below average’. Through statistical adjustment our students have been downgraded by approximately 0.4 of a grade on average.

On Wednesday 12th August 2020, the Minister of State for Schools announced that students would be able to appeal if their mock examination results were higher than the actual grade they received. At the time of writing, the mechanism for this appeal has not been confirmed, but it is likely the Academy will do this on your behalf for all students that met these criteria.

Please note though, there is no mechanism to individually appeal the centre assessed grade issued by your teacher:

You can’t appeal your grade because you don’t agree with the centre assessment grade or rank order position submitted by your school or college.’

Student guide to post-16 qualifications results Summer 2020, ofqual

Prior to raising an enquiry about your results with the Academy, please visit the ofqual website and view the following information carefully.

Specific resources can be found here:

Ofqual Video – Calculating grades in GCSE, AS and A levels summer 2020

Ofqual message to parents/carers of students expecting GCSE, AS and A level results this summer

Ofqual Guide – What to do if you have concerns or questions about your grades

Ofqual guide – Student guide to post-16 qualifications results

Once you have read the information from ofqual, if you would like to talk to a member of the Academy staff please e-mail:

[email protected].

A member of staff from the Academy will then contact you as soon as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: there are deadlines for appeals and autumn series examination entries, and there are examination fees, which will be discussed when you contact the Academy. Their may also be fees associated with individual appeals.