Dear Parents and Carers of exam students

Dear Parents and Carers of exam students,

Exam grades 2021

I am writing to you today to share with you the information we now have regarding the grading of qualifications this summer, following the cancellation of exams. The consultation process on how this should take place has now concluded and we can confirm that students will be awarded grades based primarily on the judgement of the college.

Students will be assessed only on the content they have been taught up until the time of any assessments. Teachers will be able to provide test results and other work completed to date as evidence, in combination with future assessments. This may include the use of questions provided by the exam board. It will be made clear to students what content they have covered and which pieces of evidence will be used in the calculation of submitted grades.

We are still waiting for specific information about individual qualifications and what type of evidence will be eligible for consideration when awarding grades. Mrs French will write again when we have more information on this and provide details on exactly how, as a college, we will be handling this process. Please also note that the exam result days have been bought forward with AS and A level results published on Tuesday 10th August 2021 and GCSE grades published on Thursday 12th August 2021.

We will, of course, continue to work with students on transferring to the next stage in their education or employment. Bideford College are working closely with all Universities, PETROC and other 16 – 18 providers to ensure that, whilst the usual qualifications process this year is far from normal, the present circumstances will not be allowed to negatively impact on a student’s progression. When providing predicted grades, as part of an application process, all students should refer to their last formal assessment in college and adjust each individual grade according to his/her honest self-assessment of the progress made in each subject area. If, on the receipt of results, grades have been over or under predicted the student’s new college or sixth form will discuss actual grades and ensure the right qualifications are being studied.

We recognise that this has been a difficult year for everyone, particularly those students who were due to sit exams this summer. I hope this letter provides a little more clarity on how grades will be awarded and whilst there are still many uncertainties, please be assured that we will work with the student’s best interests in mind. The final grade that a student will be awarded still lies in their control. The grades will not be submitted until the summer so results will be based on both completed and future work. It is therefore important that students keep doing their best.

Thank you for your continued support.

Dr C Ankers, Principal

Mrs K French Assistant Principal – Head of Sixth Form

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