Gainsborough school congratulates students as they receive their GCSE results

With exams cancelled because of the pandemic, it was a very different results day for GCSE pupils in Gainsborough this year.

Because of the disruption caused by coronavirus, pupils have been given grades by their teachers.

Anna Leng, Gainsborough Academy headteacher, said: “We are so proud of our students achievements this year and again they have demonstrated year on year improvements in both progress and outcomes.

"We are excited for the future and continuing to work hard to show everyone just how great the students, staff and wider community of The Gainsborough Academy is.”

Jack Spinks with his GCSE results

Jack Spinks, a Gainsborough Academy Year 11 student said: “Despite spending the past few months out of education, I've never been so pleased with myself before after receiving my results.

"Lockdown has shown how much I truly missed the people I used to see on a daily basis, however it was all worth it in the end.”

At Queen Elizabeth’s High School (QEHS) in Gainsborough just under two-thirds of students gained nine or ten grade 5 and above, 88 per cent of students gained at least one grade 7 to 9, 40 per cent of students gained at least five grade 7 to 9 and the average grade awarded was 6.4.

A spokesman from QEHS said: “Staff and governors would like to congratulate all of the students on their GCSE results. Despite not having the opportunity to really show what they can do in formal examinations, it mustn’t be forgotten that these students worked incredibly hard over the two years of their GCSE.

"Not taking the exam does not take away from the fact that students had fully prepared for them and had already put all of the work in and these results are a true reflection of their hard work and ability.

“We are pleased that the government have decided to accept our professional judgement as to what grades the students would have achieved had they done the exam.

"Our teachers worked diligently, carefully and professionally in coming to a judgement as to what an individual child would have achieved in the exam.

"We had our judgements moderated twice via an external organisation known as the Fischer Family Trust (FFT) who analyse GCSE and A Level results on a national scale.

"They compare the school’s results to the results of schools nationally each year. They confirmed that our judgements for GCSE were good and took into account the starting point of each child and the positive value that QEHS adds to its students each year.

“In order to reduce anxiety and worry for our students, in March QEHS decided to honour all offers made to students who had chosen us as their first choice post-16 provider irrespective of their results.

"We are pleased that this offer meant that many students were less worried about the grades but in the end, most need not have been concerned.”

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