Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School head has slammed this year’s A-Level grading system, saying their pupils’ grades are “way out of line” with their historic records, Bucks Free Press reports.
In a statement, headteacher Kay Mountfield said they are “bitterly disappointed that the system has let many of our students down”.
She said: “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.”
A statement from Beaconsfield High said they have decided not to publish results in the media as they usually would until the appeals and other processes are complete, the publication reports.