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20 Aug 2020

GCSE Results 2020

GCSE Press Release from Bournemouth School


We are pleased that after the fiasco of last week’s A level results, the government made the decision that GCSE students would be awarded whichever was higher of their centre-assessed grade or their calculated grade for each subject. The vast majority of the grades awarded today are those determined by the school on the basis of the full range of evidence available, including class work, mock exams and other records of student performance. We are confident that the centre-assessed grades that we determined were realistic, evidence-based, and a fair and objective judgement of the grade students would have achieved had they sat their exams this year.


Given that we used historical GCSE results to determine the distribution of grades within each subject, the school’s overall outcomes are broadly in line with those of year.  All students achieved at least 5 GCSEs (including English and mathematics) at grades 9-4 (97.2% achieved 5 or more GCSEs, including English and mathematics at grades 9-5).  The average points score was 76.6 and 78% of the year groups achieved a strong pass in the English Baccalaureate.  Overall, 71% of all entries were awarded grades 7-9.


Many individuals achieved exceptionally well, including three students who were awarded grade 9s in all 11 GCSEs for which they were entered.


Dr Dorian Lewis, headmaster, commented, “I believe the results published today are a much more accurate reflection of our students’ abilities than had the government insisted upon publishing grades generated by a computer algorithm.  There will still be some students who will be disappointed with the published outcomes as they will believe that they could have achieved more highly in the intended terminal examinations.  We will be supporting these students to realise their goals, whilst sharing in the celebrations of the vast majority whose efforts have been suitably rewarded in this most difficult of years.”