As we come to the end of an extremely difficult period I wanted to congratulate you all on your results and for all that you have done during your time at the school. I know how hard you have worked- many of you from your first day of year 7- and it has been a pleasure and a joy to have been involved in your development. We want to wish you luck and happiness in your future exploits and hope that you remember all the joyful things about your time in school rather than the unfortunate way that things have so abruptly ended for you.
Sending my congratulations may sound slightly strange seeing as no exams have been completed but I wanted to make it absolutely clear that the results that you receive are richly deserved. The changes in how they have been awarded has been both confusing and worrying for everyone concerned – especially your teachers - but the Centre Assessed Grades are a reflection of what you have achieved over your many years at our school. They reward all the students that have attended regularly, worked hard, revised, listened carefully to teacher advice and completed mock exams and tests. The process, based on hard data that has been collected over a period of time has been as accurate and honest as possible and is not an inflation of student ability in any way. We are proud that the results you have been awarded have as much integrity as has been possible in such difficult circumstances. There is no real value in a qualification if it is not accurate and we hope that students and families appreciate this.
There will be an opportunity to sit exams in October and this would be the best way for students to be able to increase their grades if they so wish but we hope that you can all move on to the destinations, apprenticeships and higher education that you desire. We feel incredibly proud of you in terms of the maturity of your conduct in recent weeks and months. You are credit to your school and to your community; we are extremely proud of you all!