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Response to A Level Results

Dear Year 13 students and parents

I am sure you are following the news carefully and watching the discussions around the awarding of A Level grades with a mixture of bemusement and fury.

If you are unhappy with the A Level grades you have been awarded, we would like to hear from you. We are very concerned that around 40% of our centre-assessed grades have been downgraded. We do not feel that the government’s proposal of the triple lock is an adequate response, as mock examination results do not reflect a student’s true ability, and the idea of students taking their exams in November – with no teaching and many other things to juggle (e.g. university course or apprenticeship) – is not acceptable. We believe the fairest system would be the use centre-assessed grades.

Please watch the video message below.

We are particularly concerned about the grades of students in the following subjects, as these have clearly been most affected by the flawed computer algorithm:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • English literature
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • Psychology

I am so sorry for the distress that this shambolic grading system has caused many of you. We will do all we can to ensure students are awarded the grades they deserve.

Andrew Mead
Headmaster, Lytchett Minster School