Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

A level results 2020

Miss Mountfield's response to the A level results released on 13 August 2020

We are deeply proud of all our students who have worked so hard and with genuine passion for learning towards their studies throughout the sixth form at Borlase. We are delighted for their academic successes and for those who have been able to access their chosen pathways. There have been outstanding achievements and many have been accepted a place at their chosen university; we would like to congratulate all of them.

However, we are bitterly disappointed that the system has let many of our students down, as seems to be the case with many schools nationally. Our students have faced the uncertainty of this process positively,  trusting, as we have as a school, that the system developed by Ofqual would be true to its stated aim: it would ensure “that students would not be disadvantaged as a result of not having had the opportunity to sit the exams” . We were assured that the statistical model would take into account the school’s historical data and the prior attainment of the students. The statistical model has not worked in its application to our school with our overall grades being downgraded to significantly lower than any previous grades Borlase has achieved, despite our having a stronger cohort. As this anomaly is so transparent in the way the outcomes deviate from the expectations of Ofqual and the school, we hope this will be quickly addressed. We will challenge this decision to ensure students from our school and students from schools across the area and country receive the results they deserve.