GCSE Results – Newquay Tretherras 20th August 2020

This has been a heavily disrupted and unusual year for our Year 11 students at Tretherras. It is to their great credit that they have remained upbeat and positive throughout their disappointment at not completing Year 11 in the way we would have wished for them. We are pleased to see they still have smiles on their faces!

For the first time ever, students will be awarded Centre Assessed grades today. It is important that students and parents understand the difference between teacher assessment and a Centre Assessed grade. A Centre Assessed Grade is one which has gone through a rigorous process that was detailed to all schools and colleges by Ofqual, the examination boards regulator. Teachers at Tretherras took this responsibility extremely seriously and used a combination of assessments about all students, including class and formal assessment grades, Pre-Public ‘Mock’ Exams and coursework grades to give an accurate teacher assessment. Department teams and leaders then worked together to ensure there was a fair rank order and parity across subject classes.

As a school we were then given instructions from Ofqual to ensure that the grades we submitted to the exam boards were broadly in line with past performance in each qualification at our school. This was because a valid and reliable grading system must be fair within centres, between centres and across different years. We ensured that this was carried out, as instructed, to be able to sign off the submissions in line with national directives. Our Centre Assessed Grades were then submitted to the exam boards for external moderation in June.

The intention was that the exam boards would then moderate the CAGs, to check that schools and colleges had approached this task consistently, before providing students with their final calculated grades. Unfortunately, as you will no doubt be aware from the all the press and news coverage this week, the method they used to do this proved problematic, and was likely to lead to many grades being unfairly downgraded nationally.

The government therefore made the decision that GCSE and A level students would be awarded whichever grade was higher for each subject – that is, the higher outcome in either the Centre Assessed or the Calculated grade. Today, students are receiving the higher grade from the CAG or the government’s calculated grade. Calculated grades for BTecs, Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technical qualifications will now not be released until next week.

Head of Year 11, Assistant Headteacher Greg Carter, commented, “We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievements, particularly this year. They have shown fantastic dedication and resilience, and they fully deserve their results”.

Abby Hallam, Keira Beasley, Ellie Cotterill, Trent Dews, Archie Downing, Elenka Zwozdiak, Josh Noone, Jessie Dixon, Oli Williams, all performed superbly, securing amazing individual achievements and progress. Their results reflect their fantastic attitude towards learning and school as a whole.

Kirra Frazer stands out for special mention in this year group. She achieved fantastic results based on an amazing level of hard work and commitment. She has always approached her studies with an impressive element of maturity and, despite moments of medical interruptions, she never allowed this to hinder her desire to succeed and her progress has been outstanding, as a result.”

Senior Assistant Headteacher Richard Higginson said, “I am very proud of the all the year 11 students. They have worked incredibly hard throughout the last two years and they deserve the fantastic grades they have received today. I wish them the very best in the next stage of their education.

Executive Headteacher Samantha Fairbairn commented, “As with the A levels last week, Tretherras staff worked with integrity to follow the advice and guidance from Ofqual in determining an accurate rank order and in awarding accurate Centre Assessed grades. I am frustrated that continuing issues with externally applied statistics, has caused confusion and delay for some of our young people and their families. Our A level students will receive their final published results in the next day or so and students who studied vocational qualifications will have to wait until next week for clarity and certainty. In the meantime, all Year 11 and Year 13 students have been invited to contact the school if they need further support, advice and guidance.

On behalf of the staff of Tretherras, I would like to congratulate Year 11 on their fantastic individual achievements. Many of our students have achieved an array of wonderful results and they have developed a wide range of life skills during their time in school which will open doors to their exciting futures. We are proud of every single one of them and wish them every success. We would like to thank Year 11 for their optimism and positivity and for being great roles models for younger students within our Tretherras family. I would like to thank our parents and carers for their fantastic support over the last five years. Educating young people is a great family and school team endeavour and our Year 11 are an absolute credit to everyone in the Newquay community.”