Students’ hard work celebrated as first results day dawns

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education has applauded the hard work of Somerset students as today they start to receive their exam results following an unparalleled few months.

Today (13 August), students in Somerset will be collecting their A-level results and next Thursday (20 August), thousands more pupils will receive their GCSE results.

Cllr Faye Purbrick said: “Every year young people, their families and schools anxiously wait for these results – this year, on top of the usual worry they have faced a huge amount of additional stress, along with enormous challenges and disruption because of the coronavirus crisis.

“We want to thank our students for coming through these difficult times, as well as the staff in our schools for their work and tireless support especially throughout the last few months. On Tuesday the Government announced a new ‘triple lock’ process which it says will give young people added security as they receive their grades this year. The Education Secretary announced that

students could accept their calculated grade based on teacher assessments moderated by exam boards, appeal to receive a valid mock result, or sit autumn exams to ensure the achievements of young people are recognised.

“We will work with our schools to ensure that the young people of Somerset get the grades they deserve.”

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