GCSE Examinations

21st August 2020

Year 11 students have been celebrating another great set of results at St Joan of Arc Catholic School despite all the recent uncertainty about the process of awarding grades for these examinations which have created additional unnecessary confusion and anxiety for our students.

Although the results this year were awarded through a different mechanism, in the awarding of centre assessed grades, every award has undergone a rigorous process of standardisation and moderation to determine the final grade. Therefore, the grades awarded to the students are an accurate reflection of their ability, at this time, and a testament to their hard work, perseverance, and dedication over many years. The academic results they have received today are therefore fully deserved. As a school, we truly believe that had they taken their examinations, we would have expected very similar outcomes for the students.

Ever since joining St Joan’s we have challenged our students to always give their very best, in both their academic abilities, which are reflected in the results they have received, and their personal development, which we know are not measured in terms of GCSE results. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge that as a cohort of students, this year's group has been outstanding ambassadors for the school. They have excelled in many aspects of personal development that are not assessed through traditional methods and for that I would like to thank them all for the valuable contributions they have given to our community. 

Congratulations on everything they have achieved in this most difficult of years faced in both education and society. 

Mr Sweeney

Written by Headteacher