17.08.20 - Update message from Mr MacCormick

Dear Parents and Carers,

Re: The Government's announcement that Centre Assessed Grades will be awarded to GCSE and A-Level students

I write to you this evening with an overwhelming sense of joy and relief for our Year 11 and Year 13 students. Our staff have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support our Year 13 students following what was an incredibly difficult A-Level results day. We are also very fortunate to have had amazing support from the local and national media to raise this issue of utmost importance. We will now focus our efforts on supporting all Year 13 leavers to attend their first choice destination.

All GCSE and A-Level grades will now be allocated at Centre Assessment Grade which is the grade allocated by your child's teacher(s). These grades were subject to a rigorous quality assurance process and have been checked by Head of Department and the Senior Leadership Team. Although on the whole this is fantastic news for our students, there will be some individuals who are unhappy and there will undoubtedly be some errors. These will be able to be rectified through an appeals process, of which we await the details from Ofqual.

Some confusion still exists over issues such as how appeals in BTEC subjects will work. I can assure you that we are seeking clarity on these important issues and I will continue to raise them publicly on behalf of our students until we have definitive answers. I am very pleased to learn that in cases where students’ A-Level result from last week is higher than their Centre Assessment Grade, the higher grade will stand.

My next opportunities to raise issues affecting our students are tomorrow morning (Tuesday 18th August) at 08:10 on BBC One's Breakfast Show followed by on BBC Radio Somerset at around 08:30.

I can again reassure all Year 11 students and their parents that we will guarantee a place in our Sixth Form to any student who wishes to study with us, either on our A-Level, Level 3 BTEC or Yeovil College Partnership pathways. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Challis at for more details.

Thank you once again for your support and rest assured that Holyrood Academy will continue to do what is right for the young people in our care.

Congratulations Year 11 and Year 13 students - we are so proud of you!

Yours Faithfully,

Dave MacCormick

A couple of photos from the last couple of busy days 

Rachael celebrates after news of the Givernment U turn breaks and her grades get reinstated to A, A, A and will allow her to go and study medicine at University

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