GCSES results Sleaford - well earnt grades represent true picture says Kesteven and Sleaford High School head

After weeks of controversy and anxiety about downgrading of exam results, schools in the Sleaford area may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as GCSE results released today (Thursday) are based on exam centre-assessed grades rather than the computer algorithm which sparked anger at politicians and exam regulators last week.
Kesteven and Sleaford High School, Head Jo Smith. EMN-171017-125136001Kesteven and Sleaford High School, Head Jo Smith. EMN-171017-125136001
Kesteven and Sleaford High School, Head Jo Smith. EMN-171017-125136001

Josephine Smith, Head at Kesteven and Sleaford High School said that staff were celebrating and recognising the hard work that all Year 11 students have shown throughout their courses, despite the cancelled summer exams due to Covid-19.

She accepted: “It has been a time of real uncertainty for all our young people who ended their school careers prematurely in March, but now we hope they can start to plan their next steps from September onwards.

“Many of them are excited to be starting courses in the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form and we look forward to welcoming them back in September. We wish others who are beginning courses, training or apprenticeships elsewhere, the very best for the future.

“After all the concerns around the Government’s systems for calculating students grades we are delighted that the centre assessed grades (or the exam board moderated grade whichever is higher) are being published to students today. The grades students are receiving represent a true picture of their ability and have been arrived at through a robust internal process.”

She said that students could be proud of their achievements and know they have been well earnt.

Mrs Smith added: “I’d like to thank staff for their professionalism and diligence in judging our young people’s talents in very difficult circumstances, as well as the hours they have put in to prepare every student for their next steps

whether that was in the classroom or as part of our rich extra-curricular programme in school. My thanks too to all our parents whose patience and trust in us and support of their daughter over the past five years has meant that today can be a day of real celebration.

“Today is a day to congratulate our young people, and celebrate the well-deserved and exciting futures they have ahead of them.”