13th August 2020 — It has been an anxious time for A level students awaiting their results this year. With the cancellation of exams and much discussion about predicted grades, rank orders and algorithms, hard-working sixth formers have felt uniquely powerless over their fate. The Headmaster of St Benedict’s, Andrew Johnson, said:
“The award of A level grades this year has been a very stressful and difficult process for our students, anxious to see that their hard work over almost two years is rewarded with a fair and proper set of results.
“Happily, A level candidates at St Benedict’s have done extremely well and have received some very pleasing results indeed: the vast majority will be beginning courses at their first-choice university in September. This is no more than these students deserve: had the exams taken place, we were fully expecting this Upper Sixth group to achieve the school’s best ever A level results.
“While the outcome has been positive for the vast majority of our students, the level of stress, complexity and uncertainty in this process has made it a very difficult time for them. I am grateful to them, their parents and their teachers for the patience and forbearance they have shown throughout. I am relieved therefore that the government has already indicated that formal exams will be reinstated for next summer’s GCSEs and A levels.”
The results overall at St Benedict’s this year are higher than ever before, with 49.3% of all grades at A*-A and 80.7% of all grades at A*-B.
St Benedict’s has provided support for students’ mental health throughout lockdown, with tutors offering careful and thoughtful guidance to their tutees online.
Following the government’s decision to cancel A level exams, St Benedict’s offered an innovative programme of pre-university study to all its year 13 students, with 1-1 tutorials and seminars, preparing them for their chosen undergraduate courses.