A Level Results 2020 

This is certainly not a usual year for reporting exam results. However, it was great to see Year 13 back in school this morning, despite the stressful circumstances. We are incredibly proud of the Class of 2020; they should be enormously proud of their achievements in these challenging times. 

There have been many concerns raised nationally today about the unfairness of linking A Level results to a 3 year historical pattern of school results. This fails to take into account upward trajectories for some improving schools - such as ours.  

As a school, we have done our best in challenging circumstances to try to ensure a rigorous process leading to the fairest outcomes for every student. Some were hugely disappointed by the difference in teacher submitted and exam board awarded grades today; you can see below the differences between what we submitted and what came back to us after Ofqual’s standardisation. We are incredibly disappointed about the numbers of students downgraded, particularly those downgraded by two grades, which is above the national figure (we are looking into appeals for entire cohorts in several subjects). This has impacted negatively our overall average grade and VA scores in particular, which were on course to follow a 3 year rising trend. 

In summary:

  • 25.5% of grades were marked down.
  • 5.9% of grades were marked up.
  • 16 subjects had their teacher assessed grades unchanged.
  • A few subjects have suffered disproportionately to others due to the historical data that is taken into account by Ofqual. We intend to appeal these.

We did also of course have a number of very happy students today, who have accepted university places on the courses they wanted. Huge congratulations to the following students, who all achieved 3+ A*-B grades

Johan Borjeson 

James Chamberlain 

Charlie Cook 

Kate Shipley (accepted place to study Medicine at Oxford) 

Sophie Stephenson 

Isobella Taylor 

Eliza Wood 

 

KS5 Results - 3 year trend 

Overall 

     2018 

      2019 

     2020 Teacher CAG 

     2020 Standardised 

Av. grade 

     C- 

     C+ 

     B- 

     C+ 

APS per entry 

     26.30 

     32.88 

     35.22 

     33.23 

VA 

     -0.10 

     +0.03 

     +0.06 

     -0.10 

 

A Level only 

     2018 

     2019 

     2020 Teacher CAG 

     2020 Standardised 

Av. grade 

     C- 

     C+ 

     B- 

     C+ 

APS per entry 

     26.88 

     33.36 

     35.22 

     33.23 

VA 

     -0.09 

     0 

     +0.06 

    -0.10 

3+ A*-B % 

     8.7 

     21.3 

     21.2 

     21.2  

3+ A*-C % 

     24.2 

     38.3 

     54.5 

     39.4 

3+ A*-E % 

     63.6 

     61.7 

     72.7 

     69.7 

 

% Change to grades by Ofqual 

  

National   

LHS all subjects  

LHS excluding Vocational 

% grades with no changes  

58.7  

68.6  

68.1 

% -1 grade   

35.6  

 21.6 

22.0 

% -2 grades   

3.3  

 3.9 

4.4 

% -3 grades   

0.2  

 0 

% +1 grade  

2.2  

 5.9 

5.5 

% +2 grades  

0.05  

 0 

% +3 grades  

0.01  

 0 

 

We are disappointed at the lack of guidance and clarity around appeals and understand some students and parents will be hugely frustrated at being left in a state of ‘limbo’ - please read our information here https://longbenton.org.uk/students/exams/covid-19-information-for-candidates and here https://longbenton.org.uk/news/2020-08-13-exam-appeals-process-2020 on what we know about the appeals process so far.