All Students in Year 11 and Year 13 and their Parents and Families

As you are by now no doubt aware, all exam boards confirmed yesterday that the Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) will now be awarded to A Level and GCSE students. I am absolutely delighted that they have chosen to do the right thing in the circumstances and to award grades to our young people based on the professional knowledge and expertise of their teachers.

I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding through the trying days of the past week, and would like to thank those of you who contributed to the overturning of this decision by contacting your MHKs, the media and the exam boards. I would also like to pay tribute to the wonderful staff of Ramsey Grammar School who worked stoically throughout lockdown, not only to support key worker students in school and all other students in online learning, but who spent a considerable amount of time in compiling the CAGs that have now rightly been awarded to the students. In the face of the injustice of the original awards, Will Wood and Rosalie Beaumont in particular have worked flat out preparing appeals and appropriate arguments to challenge the grades that were originally issued. I would also like to thank all staff who have been involved in this process and in supporting Year 11 and Year 13 students through this process. Thanks also to the Minister for Education, Dr Allinson who listened to us, the teachers, and saw immediately the injustice of what was happening. His support on the political level and in school last Thursday is very much appreciated by us all.

I trust that now we can draw a line under this fiasco and that students can move on with their lives in the direction that they have chosen. We now look forward to GCSE results day on Thursday, when Year 11 students will receive the full set of GCSE grades, and when interviews will start to take place for those invited to join the Sixth Form.

Please be reminded that we have always based our entry criteria for this year on the CAGs, and that eligibility to join the Sixth Form is therefore based on these and not on the exam board grades which have now been withdrawn anyway – unless of course they are higher than the CAGs!
Thank you for your patience and support and for the many positive messages we have received from you in connection with all of this.

Kind regards

Annette Baker