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The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School

A Church of England School

March 19th 2020 Exams Update

The Department for Education has made an important announcement confirming that there will be “no secondary exams this Summer.” The exam regulator, Ofqual, has also provided a statement stating “We’re working hard to provide you with more details as soon as possible and we are committed to supporting students to progress to the next stage of their lives.”

We understand that both students and parents have many questions and concerns regarding what will happen moving forward and how this will affect those who were due to take exams this Summer. At the present time we have no further details, we will ensure that we keep parents and students updated with information as soon as we are able to.​​​

April update:

We have been asked to send the exam board the grade that we believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning, and exams had happened as planned. The process we are following is confidential based on the government's Department for Education’s (DfE) guidelines. For this reason, there is no need to contact us as we are unable to discuss the information with you.

I would like to emphasise that all students will be treated fairly and we are committed to ensuring that students receive the most accurate grade possible. To do this, all subject areas are using a range of assessment information so that there is no one piece of assessed work including the mock examination results that will form the basis of the prediction.

Exam boards will then standardise the grades so the final grade could be different from the one that we send to the exam board. 

The results day is as originally planned on August 20th and we will wait for further information from the DfE on social distancing about how this will operate when this becomes available. We are assured by the examination boards there will be an opportunity to retake exams in the Autumn term if students and parents/carers feel that the grade awarded is not accurate.