Dear Year 11 Students, Parents and Carers, 

Due to the Government’s U-turn on A Level and GCSE grades in the announcement on Monday 17th August, the results students are receiving tomorrow, Thursday 20th August, and the processes we explained in the document sent 13th August have changed to some extent. This communication explains changes as they stand. 

As you are aware, at the start of July, we provided the exam boards with Centre Assessed Grades (CAG), which were determined using the methodology shared with you last week (please see attached). The exam boards then applied Ofqual’s algorithm, which was intended to ensure fairness across schools and years. However, as A Level results have highlighted, the algorithm was flawed and some students were severely penalised as a result. This caused the Government to revert to the use of CAGs. 

We have not yet received any formal information from the Department for Education or Ofqual addressing the announcement or the inherent changes; we expect further documentation later this week or next. So far we know that: 

  • A Level and GCSE students will receive the highest grade out of the CAG and the calculated grade from the exam board.
  • Students will be sent their results as planned on Thursday 20th August. The results will be either the CAG or the exam board’s calculated grade, whichever is the higher grade, which ensures that students get the highest possible outcomes. 
  • BTECs are not included in this decision made Monday and Pearson are currently investigating the statistical moderation approach for these. They have made the following statement to schools: “We are aware that you may also deliver BTECs in your school. BTECs are structured very differently to A levels, and so the approach to awarding is also different. BTECs were not subject to the same statistical moderation process as A levels. 

 BTECs comprise modular units that students complete and are assessed at regular stages during their course of study, so prior to March 2020, students had already banked graded units for their qualification. As we do every year, this year we asked centres to submit all the grades for the internal assessment units that had been completed as well as any grades for units still to be completed. These were accepted with very little change following quality assurance checks. They then formed part of the evidence, alongside previously completed assessment unit grades, to award grades for the externally assessed units and the final overall qualification grade.    

For the very small number of grades that were adjusted, we will be reviewing them on a case by case basis with centres following the same principles as those announced today. We have seen very stable outcomes for BTEC and other vocational qualifications. As in every year, students unhappy with their final grade can appeal.” This means that although students will receive grades for their BTECs tomorrow, these may need to be updated when Pearson have reviewed the grades. If a student’s BTEC grades are upgraded, we will send the results via post. Please be aware that we have been informed by Cambridge International that grades for any of their courses will not be available until next week; we will send those out by post.

  • We have had no further information about the appeals process, but ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) sent out an email to members yesterday which suggested, as expected, that the appeals process will remain, although there will be no option to appeal for the use of mock grades.  


Results Day:   

There is essentially no change to the process that we set out in the previous communication. Students will receive their statement of results via the personal email address they have provided from 9am Thursday 20th August. The students who have not provided a personal email address, will receive their results in the post, which will arrive after 20th August. The only change is, as mentioned above, that students will receive the CAG or the exam board’s calculated grade, whichever is the higher grade. 

If students have not provided us with a personal email address by this stage, the statement of results will be sent home via post and will therefore not arrive until after 20th August.  

If students are concerned about their progression onto college, we advise contacting the college directly with any questions.   

Woking College - 01483 761 036  

Godalming College – 01483 423 526  

Farnborough Sixth Form College - 01252 405 555  

Gordon’s School - 01276 858 084  

Fullbrook Sixth - 01932 349 301   

Saint John the Baptist School - 01483 729 343  

Brooklands College – 01932 797 700  

Merrist Wood College – 01483 884 000   

Farnham College - 01252 716 988  

Teachers will not be able to discuss the Centre Assessed Grades with students; however, if students wish to discuss any concerns with us, having already spoken to their prospective college, they will be able to meet with a member of SLT on the 21st August by making an appointment via Ms Mercer – to discuss their concerns.   


Internal Review (Appeals):   

We are awaiting further information about any changes to the appeals process shortly; however, it is doubtful that it will change much, if at all.  

As mentioned in our previous communication, it is important to understand that the review process is very different this year as students will have the opportunity to sit the exam in November to achieve a higher grade than the one awarded. Ofqual has decided, as a result of their consultation, that students cannot appeal their grade or challenge the methodology a centre has used to determine students’ grades (Please see Ofqual’s guidance attached to the email sent 13th August).  

Students can ask a centre to:  

  • Check for administrative errors when the centre input data or when the board communicated results, also referred to as clerical errors. We will be doing a check of this upon receipt of results in order to address any obvious errors immediately. 
  • Check if the method used by the centre to determine grades was applied correctly. 
  • Investigate concerns regarding bias or discrimination against them in determining their grade. This type of concern must be supported by evidence.  

Any concerns students wish to raise for internal review will need to be made via Form 2 between 31st August and 7th September.   

November Exam Series:   

There are no changes to the plans for the November Exams Series; however, I have attached the exam timetable as it stands. Please be aware that this could change. 

If students wish to sit exams in November, they will need to fill in and submit Form 3 .   

Deadline for entries for English Language and Maths – 28th September.  

Deadline for entries in all other subjects – 14th September.  

Yours sincerely,  



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