Year 11 students have been waking up to their GCSE and IGCSE results emails from school this morning safe in the knowledge that, whatever their results, they can hold their heads up high.

 

The overwhelming majority of our students engaged wonderfully with remote learning in the summer term, not only to finish learning their GCSE courses, but also to make a head start on their A-levels, IB or BTEC programmes via our ‘bridging the gap’ lessons,” said Deputy Head Academic Damian Henderson.

After the confusion surrounding last week’s A-level results, and the Ofqual decision on Monday, it will be a relief to Year 11 to bag a full set of correct grades and I know they will be excited to get stuck into their Year 12 courses in three weeks’ time”, he added.

Statistical comparisons with previous years are of limited value in a year without exams, but for the record, nearly half (49%) of Year 11 grades were 9, 8 or 7, with a 97% pass rate. This is near to what we would have hoped for overall if there had been exams.

Among the top achievers this year were Daisy Hickson and Hamish Ruthven, who both received a full set of top grade 9’s. Many congratulations to them and to all our other students who have displayed such fortitude and cheerfulness since March.

Earlier this week saw important announcements which affected Upper Sixth leavers.

On Monday, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) issued adjusted grades which improved the score of nearly all Taunton School candidates, pushing the average points score per candidate well over 35 points (out of 45) with further appeals pending. We now have a 100% pass rate with seven students above the 40 point benchmark, which is no less than this talented cohort deserves.

Also on Monday, Ofqual announced that, for A-level and AS, Centre-assessed grades (CAGs) would stand for students whose grades were moderated downwards by the statistical model. Moderation seems to have affected far fewer Taunton School students than is the case nationally but this is still great news for A-level leavers that more fairly reflects their hard work.

Cambridge (CAIE) A-Level and AS exams are not regulated by Ofqual but will follow suit.

Last night there was an announcement from Pearson, the BTEC provider, which may affect some of our successful first cohort of BTEC Business students. Given that grades can only go up, this is also good news.

A-Level and AS students will receive updated results emails by the end of today and our Careers department is standing by to advise on next steps in light of these updates.

Image. Pictured (l to r) Barnaby Webber, Lucy Beresford, Kara Klimczak-Gange (present at school to take part in GCSE coverage reporting with ITV News Westcountry.