Year 11 students at The Charter School North Dulwich have today received their GCSE and Level 2 BTEC grades. .
Our Year 11 students have demonstrated incredible determination and resilience throughout the difficulties of the past 18 months brought about by the pandemic. We are immensely proud of how they have lived up to our school values of ‘excellence’, ‘responsibility’ and ‘perseverance’, and of how the school community as a whole, including staff and parents, have demonstrated our fourth value of ‘family’ through the care and support they have provided to help Year 11 achieve today's excellent results.
Overall, 54% of GCSE grades achieved today were 9-7. The vast majority of Year 11 have the grades they need in order to progress onto their preferred next stage of education or training, and this is down to their hard work during the past two years, including extended periods when learning had to move online. We look forward to welcoming back those who have chosen to stay in the Sixth Form at The Charter School North Dulwich and wish those who have elected to move on elsewhere the very best of luck for their futures.
Among today’s results there have been some exceptional individual achievements, both in terms of overall grades or progress made. These include:
However, there were many more amazing individual performances, and we want to congratulate everyone for what they have achieved over the last two years.
We continue to support those students who may be disappointed with their grades in order to assess their best options to progress into college or apprenticeships. Senior staff from the school and our careers team will be working with individuals to ensure that they are aware of the options available to them so that they can transition successfully to the next stage of their education or training.
As has been well documented, external examinations were once again cancelled this year due to COVID. In their place grades have been awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.
The Charter School North Dulwich followed a rigorous process for both GCSEs and BTECs to determine students’ grades based on a range of evidence including internal tests sat in exam conditions, coursework and homework. Grades have been awarded based on the specifications of the exam boards for each subject, in-school tasks followed the same format as awarding organisation materials and were marked in a way that reflects awarding organisation mark schemes.
All subject grades were subjected to moderation by subject leaders and senior leaders in order to award the most accurate and appropriate grade for each individual student based on their ability.
Headteacher, Christian Hicks commented: “As with Year 13 earlier this week, this year’s Year 11 pupils have had to show remarkable resilience during the past eighteen months of uncertainty, and today’s results will hopefully calm some of the anxieties that many have experienced. We are confident that the grades awarded today are a true reflection of each student’s hard work and study in each of their subjects over the course of Year 10 and 11.
Our highly experienced and conscientious teaching staff worked incredibly hard to produce these grades in a fair, considered and moderated fashion, and I am confident that today’s results are the fairest and most realistic outcome for this year’s cohort. I would like to take this opportunity to thank not only our staff, but also all our families for their extraordinary commitment and support of our young people during this unprecedented period.
Most of all I would like to congratulate Y11 on these fantastic results, and thank them for their hard work and good grace throughout this period. I am delighted that the majority of our Y11 pupils have the results that they need and are now able to progress to the next stage of their education, and focus on what will be a bright future.”