GCSE Grades - Message for students in Year 11 and their Parents/Carers

Dear Students and Parents/Carers,

As you may know, today we heard more detail about how grades will be awarded for GCSEs this summer. This message is in two parts:

1)      An extract from information provided by Ofqual, the organisation in charge of this process

2)      How we will respond at Cressex

1)      Ofqual Information

How will grades be calculated?

Your school will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:

•  the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned

•  within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges.

Your school will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course. This information will allow us, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements.

Do I need to complete any new work for my school to submit a grade?

No, you are not required to submit any new work, or any work you have done since your school has been closed.  

Can I see the grades my school submits for me?

No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your school, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.

When will I get my results?

We’re working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they will be issued a little earlier, so you can have the certainty you need.

Can I take my exams another time?

We are working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in the coming weeks.

Please be reassured that the grades you get this summer will look exactly the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, to help you move forward in your lives as planned. 

 2)      Cressex Response

We will take account of all the information we have available about our students to ensure that we submit grades for them for each subject that fairly and accurately reflect what we believe the students would have achieved in the summer exams, if teaching and learning, including the planned revision sessions, had been able to proceed as we had intended.

With best wishes,


David Hood