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Gordano School A Level Results Day 2020

Year 13 students at Gordano have been receiving their A Level and Vocational subject results this morning, in very different circumstances to usual following the cancellation of the summer examination series.

Grades have been awarded based on the recommendation of schools and, partly, on the boards’ own statistical processes to try and ensure fairness and consistency between schools, and between this year’s cohort and other year groups.

Overall at A Level, 28% of grades have been awarded at A*-A grade, 53% at A*-B grade and  80% at A*-C grade, compared with 22%, 46% and 74% respectively in 2019. The overall pass rate was 99%. Overall 29% of grades were amended by the exam boards, which is significantly less than the national average (around 40%).

In vocational subjects, 40% of grades have been awarded at Distinction grade or above, 77% at Merit grade or above, and with a 100% pass rate.  Only 8% of grades were amended by the exam boards.

Headteacher Tom Inman stated, “Firstly I would like to congratulate all of our Year 13 students on their results. The unique circumstances and confusion surrounding the release of results should take nothing away from the enormous commitment they have made to their studies in the last two years. We are incredibly proud, not only of their academic achievements, but of their wider accomplishments and the wonderful young adults that they have become over their time at Gordano. My thanks also to our brilliant team of hugely committed staff who have supported these students through their time with us.

“Once the government decided to cancel exams there was never going to be a perfect way of ensuring that all young people gain the grades that they deserve. It is a shame, however, that as results are published, the achievement of students has been overshadowed by confusion and lack of clarity. What matters most is that that we now support our students on to their next steps so that no individual student’s pathway is affected by circumstances entirely out of their control”.

The vast majority of students who applied have already successfully had university places confirmed, many of which in their first choice universities including three successful applications to Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Others have secured highly-prized apprenticeships and other training offers.

Head of Sixth Form, Jeanne Fairs, stated, “We are delighted that so many have already secured their places at university or in other training or employment, and have been hugely impressed by the typically mature way that they have responded in these very difficult circumstances. We will work with every young person to support them in progressing on to next steps that are right for them. We do not consider they have left us until they have a secure plan for their next steps, and we will do all we can to advocate for them in these unique circumstances”.

Congratulations to everyone today, we wish you the best of luck for the next steps in your educational journey and future career choices. 

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