Buckingham headteacher welcomes A-levels U-turn

A Buckingham headteacher has welcomed the government's U-turn on A-level results.

Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 12:22 pm
David Hudson, headteacher of the Royal Latin School
David Hudson, headteacher of the Royal Latin School

Following the news yesterday, Monday, that A-level and GCSE students in England will now be awarded the grades estimated by their teachers, rather than the results created by an algorithm as announced last week, headteacher of the Royal Latin School David Hudson said: "I am absolutely delighted that Ofqual and the government have finally seen sense and given our students the grades they deserve.

"This whole process has been chaotic and disrespectful of both students and teachers.

"This group of students have already suffered enough through lockdown and the least they could have expected was to have a positive approach to the awarding of grades.

"It is just very disappointing that students have been put through such a disappointing five days of uncertainty.

"Nevertheless, it is heartening that the many voices of criticism have been listened to and students are now able to move on with confidence."

When A-level results were announced last Thursday, the school said it was disappointed to see a number of grades reduced as a result of Ofqual’s standardisation process.

At the time, a RLS spokesman said: "Grades are not consistent with those received by students at the Royal Latin School in the last three years and this does not appear to be fair to this group of students.

"The school will be making representations at the highest level to find out why this is the case and make a challenge as appropriate."