One of the events in the school calendar, that we most look forward to every year, is results day, when we get the opportunity to say congratulations and well done, to our departing Year 11 students.
This year, we find ourselves in the unusual and difficult situation of planning a results day, that we hope marks this important right of passage, whilst maintaining the safe social distancing of our students and colleagues. Whilst we have therefore strived to keep everything about results day this year as ‘normal’ as possible, you will appreciate we have had to make some adjustments to the way we usually do things.
To ensure we can meet our obligations in terms of safe social distancing, students are asked to arrive at the following times:
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Students are asked to enter the school site via the pedestrian entrance at the main gate. Students will need to sanitise their hands on arrival, and may be asked to have their temperature checked. Those arriving on cycles will be directed to the bike sheds available on the day. Students will then be directed to the main concourse, where markers on the floor will indicate safe social distancing whilst they wait to collect results envelopes. Students will collect results envelopes from the Drama centre windows or the main hall in the event of poor weather. Space will be provided for students to open their results with their Tutor and the Year Team if they wish to. Students can of course, take their results off site to open with family if they prefer.
A one way system into, out of and around the site will be in place, as will the appropriate social distancing measures. For this reason we regret that students will not be able to spend a lengthy amount of time on site this year, because we have to ensure that later arriving students can be safely accommodated too. We are also afraid that, because of restrictions on the number of people we can safely have on site at any one time, we are unable to invite parents and
carers to join us on the school site this year.
If students would prefer not to come onto the school site to collect results envelopes, results can be emailed on the afternoon of results day, if you notify the Year Team that this is your preference, before the 18 August 2020. What if I have a question about grades?
You will know that grades this year have been arrived at by a different process than students would normally experience. The grades originally put forward by teachers have been subject to ranking and moderation at department level, moderation at school level and then a process of standardisation at exam board level. This means that the final exam board awarded grade, in some cases, could be different from the teacher’s original submitted grade. Ofqual have been clear that teachers must not discuss the process of arriving at grades, or supply information about the grade they submitted, even if asked informally. It is for this reason that we ask you not to request, from any member of staff, information surrounding a teacher’s original grade.
We of course understand that you may have questions about awarded grades, so we ask that students, parents and carers, in the first instance, refer to the guidance that will be included in the results envelope. This guidance will set out the process that will need to be followed in the days following results day if you have a query about a grade, or need to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team. We understand the Department for Education is also setting up a helpline for parents with questions or concerns over grading.
It is important to note from the outset however, that whilst there is some scope for schools to ask exam boards to check for data inputting errors when it comes to awarded grades, we must be very clear and say that the normal process of challenging a grade is far more limited this year, largely due to the absence of exam papers to remark. We hope that our students feel that their results are an accurate reflection of the grades they would have achieved had the exams gone ahead as normal, and that their grades give them access to all of the next steps they are getting ready to take in September.
Finally, we thank all of you for the support you have shown Brune Park over the last five years, and the last few months particularly. We realise that the abrupt end to the school year was challenging for all students and their families, but especially so for our wonderful Year 11 students, whose end to their final year at school, was not the ending any of us would have wished for. A huge well done and thank you Year 11, for managing such difficult circumstances so well.
We hope that results day this year will be as special and memorable as ever, and we look forward to seeing students then.