Newcastle High School for Girls (NHSG) has paid tribute to their pupils receiving A Level results today amid circumstances that no one could have envisaged at the start of the year.

Year 13 girls wait in anticipation for their results envelope.

With public examinations cancelled and NHSG moving to a programme of online Guided Home Learning during the lockdown, the Year 13 cohort has risen admirably to the challenges faced in their final year at school.

In recognition of this, as well as congratulating pupils on their achievements, NHSG is celebrating the girls’ impressive resilience in the face of adversity.

Michael Tippett, Head at NHSG, said:

“In these unprecedented times, I commend the girls receiving their A Level results today for their adaptability, their maturity and their determination to remain unfazed in these recent months; they have truly reflected the spirit of an NHSG and GDST girl.

“I am extremely proud of each and every one of them and offer my congratulations to them for their strength of character as well as their A Level results as they now embark on the next stage of their educational/career journey. The majority of the girls will be able to take up their places at university and other higher education institutions and I wish the whole cohort every success.

“I would also like to pay tribute to our staff whose professionalism during this period has been exemplary. Their rapid response in moving to our full programme of online teaching and learning after school facilities were closed to the majority of pupils ensured they provided the very best support for the girls in their final year in school while demonstrating their commitment to delivering an outstanding education for the girls throughout these difficult times.”

Without exams, A Level grades have been calculated differently this year, and although schools have submitted estimated pupil grades to the examination boards, the examinations boards have used a statistical process based on school historical data and national data to calculate the final grades they have awarded.

Michael Tippett added:

“There has been much national debate on the efficacy and fairness of the approach taken by examination boards, and I feel that it is right that schools should challenge any perceived flaws in the system that are affecting their pupils.  At NHSG we are reviewing the grades awarded to each pupil and where we see discrepancies we will make an appeal to the relevant examination board once these processes have been clarified by OfQual and the examination boards.”

“A Level qualifications are critically important in determining our pupils’ next steps, and it’s important that we continue to support every girl in achieving the best possible outcome.”

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