GCSE results day 2020 LIVE: Majority of students at High Storrs pass English and maths

Students across Sheffield get their GCSE results today, with grades now being based on those given to them by their teachers.

By Alana Roberts
Thursday, 20th August 2020, 1:41 pm

More than 950,000 pupils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will find out how they fared, having not sat any physical exams after they were cancelled because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

On Monday, the government announced that students in England will receive the GCSE grades given by their schools after a controversial algorithm was scrapped in a humiliating U-turn.

The flawed system devised by the exams regulator Ofqual saw nearly 40 per cent of A-Level results downgraded last week and received major backlash from both students and headteachers.

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Students in Sheffield are among some 950,000 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland getting their GCSE results today. Photo: PA Wire

On Wednesday evening – with less than 24 hours to go until results day – exam board Pearson announced it would re-grade BTecs in line with GCSEs and A-levels meaning some students will no longer receive their BTec results.

The decision affects about 500,000 pupils, half of whom received their A-Level equivalent qualifications last week while the rest were due to collect their grades alongside GCSE candidates today.

A spokesperson for Pearson said: “We will be regrading BTECs to address concerns about unfairness in relation to A-levels and GCSEs and ensure no BTEC student is disadvantaged.

“We know this could cause additional uncertainty for students and we are sorry about this.

“Our priority is to ensure fair outcomes for BTEC students and we will work around the clock to provide revised grades as soon as we can.”

We’ll be bringing you all the latest news from GCSE results day in Sheffield here.

LIVE: GCSE results day in Sheffield

Last updated: Thursday, 20 August, 2020, 16:39

  • Pupils to get GCSE results today based on teachers’ predictions after A-Level results fiasco
  • Over 80 per cent of High Storrs School pupils pass English and maths
  • Mum’s pride in son as he secures college place
  • Top GCSE grades surge to record high in England

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Schools minister apologises to students for ‘anxiety’ caused before exams U-turn

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has apologised to GCSE and A-level students for the “pain and the anxiety” they felt prior to this week’s exam grading U-turn.

He told BBC Breakfast: “To those hundreds of thousands of young people receiving their GCSE grades and the A level students receiving recalculated grades, I will say this to them, congratulations on what you have achieved.

“But also how sorry I am for the pain, the anxiety and the uncertainty that they will have suffered as a consequence of the grading issues we encountered last week.

“And to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to put these matters right.”

Handsworth Grange Community Sports College sees another ‘wonderful set’ of GCSE results

Nick Parker, headteacher of Handsworth Grange Community Sports College, congratulated his Year 11 pupils today for ‘another wonderful set’ of GCSE results.

He added: "It has been an extremely difficult time for everyone and we are proud of your achievements. 

"Staff at school have worked tirelessly to ensure that the GCSE results for 2020 are an accurate reflection of our pupils’ efforts throughout their time at the school and the grades awarded will enable them to progress to the next stage of their education. 

"We are sure the values instilled during their time at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College will enable them to be successful in the future and positively contribute to society."

The school remained closed for results day, with students receiving their marks through the post.

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Day of celebrations for GCSE students at High Storrs School

There is cause for celebration at High Storrs School where over 81 per cent of pupils achieved a pass in both English and maths. 

The school said it was ‘delighted’ to share that 81.4 per cent of students achieve a grade 4 - which equates to a pass in the new marking system-  in those all-important subjects while 71.3 per cent gained a grade 5, equivalent to a stong pass.

A key measure of success for students and schools is achieving well across a range of subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate, most commonly English, maths, science and history or geography. 

 At High Storrs, the number of students who achieved a grade 4 in all these subjects is 50 per cent, while 36 per cent of all students achieved grade 5 or higher.

Nearly half of all students gained at least three of the highest grades –  grade 7 or above. 

The school also saw 39 of its students earn eight grades of 7 or higher and 16 achieve eight grade 8s and 9s in their GCSEs.

Headteacher, Claire Tasker, said “This is the oddest results day ever but these young people deserve to be celebrated.  Annual exam results never quite capture all that the students learn and achieve in Key Stage 4 but, in many ways, this set of GCSE awards actually do because we took so much more than two or three exam papers into account when arriving at these grades.  Well done to all."

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King Ecgbert school students celebrate set of ‘stellar’ exam results

Despite the difficult times and the changes to the exam system this year, King Ecgbert School is celebrating the ‘superb’ results awarded to their GCSE and BTec student today.

The school in Dore says it was able to give very accurate data to exam boards which has resulted in a continuation of the upward trend of results seen in recent years.

Headteacher Paul Haigh said: "At the end of a very tough school year for our students and their families it is heartening that they can look to a brighter future knowing their record breaking exam results combined with the experiences we have given students over their time with us means we have been able to set them up for life. 

"As a school holding the World Class Schools Quality Mark that’s always what we’ve been about.”

He added: “Although it’s a shame we couldn’t welcome our students into school to collect their results when handshakes and hugs are normally the order of the day our results were delivered to students by our online system and careers staff will be available on the phone and email to support students with accessing the next step in life.”

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