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Principal of Hills Road Sixth Form College speaks of A-level grade ‘injustices’



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The principal of Hills Road Sixth Form College has spoken out against the process of assessing exams which has provided “disappointing” results for some students.

Jo Trump said: “Our students have been magnificent, and we are proud of them all! Unlike in every previous year, they are receiving A-level grades for exams they didn’t sit; based on information they didn’t see and subject to nationally applied algorithms none of us had.

“That makes this a unique set of circumstances and our leavers for 2020 an extraordinary year group who have had to learn resilience and resourcefulness like no other.

Last year's A-Levels results day at Hills Road Sixth-Form College. This year students were sent results online and were not graded on exams but assigned a mark according to a government algorithm. ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (40430599)
Last year's A-Levels results day at Hills Road Sixth-Form College. This year students were sent results online and were not graded on exams but assigned a mark according to a government algorithm. ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (40430599)

“We are delighted for those students who got the grades they deserved and have worked so hard for.

“However, we know too that there are students for whom the process has impacted grades and outcomes in subjects in disappointing ways that currently feels unfair to us and which we are interrogating.

“We will be asking for explanations and challenging on our students' behalf, in the strongest terms, where we believe injustices have occurred. In this, we are joining voices with the sixth form college sector, which has experienced very similar outcomes nationally.

“Despite the downgrading of results below their centre assessed grades, many of our students have achieved tremendous success and are shining examples of what Hills Road students can achieve, even during unprecedented times.”

Daniel Zeichner, the Labour MP for Cambridge, has also expressed his outrage at the system this year.


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