We are all relieved and delighted with this year’s GCSE and Vocational results. After an incredibly difficult few months for all our learners, we are so pleased that their hard work and dedication has been rewarded.
It’s important to remember amidst the national headlines that GCSEs are studied for over a period of years, and the results received will have been based on a myriad of internal and external assessments. Also each result will have been signed off by at least 2 teachers and the Headteacher. Therefore despite this year’s results being assessed internally they are as valid as any other year, indeed in many respects the process has been more rigorous than sitting a one off exam at the end of a long period of study. As a school we are also pleased that the overall school results are firmly in line with pre lockdown predictions indeed the dreaded algorithm pushed 8% of our Centre Assesed Grades upwards which reflects the rigour of our internal processes.
We are therefore very proud of each and every one of our KS4 learners. They have been through such a stressful period of time, and fully deserve the excellent results received today. These results will now lead to more students than ever before moving on to post 16 education and training which can only be good news for Ebbw Vale and for the future of our communities.
Well done to all pupils and I look forward to seeing you over the road in our sixth form!!
Huw Lloyd 20.8.2020