Letter for Year 11(Posted on 03/07/20)
Dear Parent / Carer
Centre Assessed Grades
I thought I would write to you to clarify the situation regarding exams this year and the ongoing processes.
The teaching staff have spent considerable time looking at the evidence available to provide a likely grade for each subject studied. This is known as the Centre Assessed Grade. (CAG). These have been uploaded to the exam board (in most cases the WJEC) along with a rank order of pupils’ abilities in each subject. I wanted you to know that we have not just replicated the “mock” grades, but have used all our previous expertise alongside ALL available evidence.
The exam board is now undergoing a process which will also use any data they have to hand on a pupil including previous performance in examinations, alongside the previous performance of the school to adjust these grades so as to ensure that similar numbers of grades are awarded this year as with previous years. Therefore, the exam board may either change the CAG up or down to create a final grade. The school will not receive these final grades until examination results day as normal.
Contacting the school and appeals
The exam board has labelled any attempt to obtain or influence the production of CAG grades or the ranking as “malpractice”, so please do not ask the school what grades have been submitted.
We await to hear final details from the exam board regarding the steps that a candidate can take if they are unhappy with the final grade awarded.
Results Day (Thursday 20th August)
We are still awaiting guidance on how collection of results will look. We aim to replicate as closely as possible the previous procedures of collection in the school, being on hand to congratulate or provide support if required. Please keep an eye on the website and our social media where we will post the latest information before the day.
Step up to Sixth form
I know that we are looking forward to seeing many of you this coming Wednesday between 10am and 2pm at our Step up to sixth form event. If you are not rejoining us and would like some careers advice please contact us at the school where we can point you in the direction of other courses or job opportunities available.
It is still our desire to hold a year 11 prom as soon as possible. Once large gatherings are permitted we will book a suitable venue and let you know in good time for you to prepare.
Hoodies and Photographs
For those of you who have ordered and paid for Hoodies, these are now in manufacture and we hope to be able to give them out on results day. We also have some photographs that you have ordered, these will be available too.
For those joining us in September enrolment will take place on results day as planned, we will let you know the details as soon as can. Transport arrangements will also be confirmed as soon as we have details from the Welsh Government.
We remain committed to ensure that you still receive the best advice and support possible, please feel free to contact us if you would like to talk any matter through.