A level results day LIVE: Updates from West Sussex schools as students collect grades

Welcome to our live blog for Thursday, August 13, as A Level results day arrives – we will be bringing you all the latest news from West Sussex.

Thursday, 13th August 2020, 9:39 am
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Stick with us for live updates from schools across West Sussex throughout the morning.

A level results day LIVE: Updates from West Sussex schools as students collect results

Last updated: Thursday, 13 August, 2020, 13:58

Welcome to A-Level results day 2020

A Level students across West Sussex are nervously awaiting their results today.

But with exams cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fate of pupils has instead been put in the hands of moderators and teachers.

A triple lock system has been introduced, which means that A-Level pupils will have three options when it comes to their final exam results.

Have you received your A-Level results today? 

Or has your child found out their grades?

Let us know!

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How have grades been assessed this year?

Following the cancellation of A-level examinations in summer 2020, Government confirmed student grades would be based on a calculated result. 

This means students are awarded a grade based on an assessment of the grade they would most likely have achieved had exams gone ahead.

Tutors have used a range of evidence and data, including performance in mock exams and non-exam assessments, as well as general progress shown by students, to determine grades

Information and evidence about students’ work and achievements was provided to exam boards, along with the grade our team believe the student would most likely have achieved.

Within each subject, the college was also asked to establish a ranking order of students, by performance, for each grade.

This information was then used by the awarding bodies and Ofqual to standardise judgements across schools and colleges across the country to ensure that, as far as possible, results are fair.

The Department for Education, on Tuesday night, announced that students whose results are lower than their mock exams can appeal their results through their school or college. Details around how these appeals will be managed has yet to be announced by Ofqual.

Explanation provided by the Chichester College Group

Worthing College announces results

Worthing College is one of the first in the county to release its results this year. 

The principal said he was proud of the results achieved during what had been ‘a particularly difficult year’.

Chichester College praises students for achievements during ‘highly unusual year'

Chichester College has released its results this morning - read the full story here

Like Worthing College and other schools in the Chichester College Group, it said it would be supporting students whose grades may have been  lower than expected

Burgess Hill Girls school sees ‘happy faces’ as results are announced

Students at Burgess Hill Girls school are celebrating their results today. 

Four students achieved an impressive three A* grades while across the year group, 61 per cent of grades awarded were at A*-A

Liz Laybourn, headteacher, said: “It feels very special to see so many happy faces today, the girls finally having clarity on where they are heading next.”

West Sussex’s chief fire officer’s heartwarming message of support

In a heartwarming tweet, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, the chief fire officer at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service had this message for students receiving their results today…

"You ARE more than your results. I left home at 15, school at 16 and many assumed I would amount to nothing. I went on to gain a PHD and become a Chief Fire Officer. You have potential and you can realise it. Prove them wrong. Prove yourself right"

Praise for A* student

Huge congratulations to Steyning Grammar School student Oli Shephard, who achieved four A* grades 

He will be moving on to study Natural Sciences at the University of Bath.

More to follow. 

Steyning Grammar School tells stories of success

Steyning Grammar School has praised students for their hard work despite the challenges of the pandemic this year. 

The school has highlighted some fantastic examples of students achieving top marks and winning places at their university of choice

‘Most students have received their first choice offers' - says Lancing school principal

The principal of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing has commented on the school’s results this year. 

Kieran Scanlon said: "On the whole, we're pleased that most of our students have received their first choice offers. 

"We are obviously delighted that Megan Porter will be going on to study languages at Oxford. 

"We're very lucky to have some excellent students in our sixth form and we wish them all well for the future."

West Sussex County Council offers support

The county council is offering support to anyone who has not achieved the results they were hoping for this year. 

Career advisors are on hand to help young people consider the options that might be available in further education, employment or training.

Student is first in college to go to Oxbridge

A big congratulations to head girl Sophie Cook who has become Midhurst Rother College’s first student to gain a place at Oxbridge. 

 She is set to read law at Hertford College, University of Oxford.  

Chichester College student ‘over the moon’ with results

Chichester College student Vittoria Hambleton was delighted to achieve an A, A* and D in her A Levels. 

She said: "I'm very happy. I woke up this morning with loads of text messages from my friends saying 'oh, I didn't get in to university or I've not got the grades I wanted' but this is better than I was expecting so I'm very happy.

"I was expecting to come in with a D and two Bs and so getting an A* and an A I'm very over the moon with."

Jumping for joy at Chichester Free School

This photo sums up the feeling at a school in Chichester this morning.

Despite much confusion across the country over how results are being calculated, students at Chichester Free School told our reporter of their delight at their achievements.  

Cranleigh School headteacher ‘deeply sorry’ for students who could not take exams as planned

A-level results at Cranleigh School are ‘mainly consistent with expected levels of achievement’, according to the headmaster, who said he was ‘deeply sorry’ that students could not take their exams as planned after working so hard. 

Almost 40 per cent of students gained A*/A in two or more subjects.

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