2019 results video

Congratulations to all our GCSE and A-level students on their successes!

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Updated: September 2019

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Year 11 Exam Timetable - Spring 2020


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Changes to GCSE Grading


GCSEs have a new 9 to 1 grading scale to replace A* to G, with 9 being the highest grade.

The new GCSEs ensure that students leave school better prepared for work or further study. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world. Changing from numbers to letters means you can see easily whether an applicant has taken an old (unreformed) or a new (reformed) GCSE.

What you need to know:

• 9 is the highest grade, and will be awarded to fewer students than the current A*.

• The new grading scale has more grades at the higher end, to provide greater differentiation for higher achieving students.

• Between 2017 and 2019, exam certificates will have a combination of number and letter grades (A* to G) as students sit a mix of new and old GCSEs.

• By 2020, GCSE exam certificates will contain only number grades.

• Letter grades (A* to G) awarded for old (unreformed) GCSEs will remain valid for future employment or study.

A new GCSE grade 4 is broadly equivalent to a low / medium grade C, the standard for a level 2 qualification. If grade C is your current entry requirement, it would be reasonable to ask for a grade 4 under the new system, unless you have made a deliberate decision to raise the entry bar.

The Department for Education recognises grade 4 and above as a ‘standard pass’; this is the minimum level that students need to reach in English and maths, otherwise they will need to continue to study these subjects as part of their post-16 education. A GCSE pass at new grade 4 is therefore a credible achievement and should be viewed as such for work or further study opportunities.

To continue to raise standards in schools, the Department for Education recognises a grade 5 and above as a ‘strong pass’ and will be using this in its headline measures of school performance; a benchmark comparable with the strongest performing education systems.