A-LEVEL results for Southport and Formby students will now be based on teacher assessments after a dramatic government U-turn announced four days after the initial grades were handed out.
A rollercoaster of a week for local students saw them receive their results on Thursday, August 13, only for the government to then scrap the controversial grading system on Monday, August 17.
It means many students will now have their results changed, hopefully for the better, after it was revealed nearly 40% of awarded A-levelgrades in England had been lowered.
The government had used a combination of submissions made by teachers and then a government process known as ‘standardisation’.
This standardisation process has now been scrapped and the original teacher submissions will be used. This will also be the case for the GCSE results tomorrow (Thursday, August 20).
Gavin Williamson, who is the Education Secretary, said he was "sorry for the distress this has caused young people."
Results day was always going to feel a little different this year after the pandemic cancelled exams, but south Sefton students did their best to celebrate the big day on Thursday, August 1.
Despite the controversy surrounding the A-Levels, headteachers from the area have been quick to congratulate their students.
Before the U-turn, Southport MP Damien Moore praised staff and students on a visit to King George V College last Thursday, when he joined KGV’s chief executive and principal Michelle Brabner, along with members of the senior management team including Chair of Governors Ronnie Fell and Sixth Form Centre Lead Anne-Marie Francis.
Mr Moore said: “I’d like to congratulate students and staff at schools and colleges around Southport on their results this year, during a time which has been extremely challenging to everyone.
“There were students with great success stories today with many of them going on to study at universities around the country. I would like to congratulate KGV College students and staff for achieving a high number of subjects. They should be proud - they have had to do a lot of work in a very short space of time.”
Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson said before the announcement: “Congratulations to everyone who achieved your expected A-level grades. It must be a tremendous relief in this most difficult of years.”
Mike McGarry, Headteacher at Range High School spoke about the outcomes for A Leveland students. He said: “This is a difficult and challenging year for all of our students but particularly those in Y13 facing uncertain times as they are about to take up the next chapter of their lives.
“Here at Range, the results once again have proved to be very strong for the vast majority of our students.
“The students, their families and our teachers should be thrilled and proud that so many of our leavers are going off to their university of choice or are taking up other pathways that are difficult to secure in a very competitive environment.
“Well done and a huge congratulations to all of you. You should all be as equally proud of your achievements and your commitment to your studies as in any other year, you have earned your qualifications. We wish you every success as you embark on the next exciting stage of your lives.”
Meanwhile, Formby High School students ‘held up very well in extraordinary circumstances’.
Headteacher Dominic Mackenzie said: “Whilst many students would have preferred to sit examinations, they should feel pleased with all they have achieved and excited about what lies ahead. Well done and very best wishes!”