Today is a chance for families across Bracknell Forest to celebrate as students receive their final Key Stage 5 grades that they richly deserve, following nearly 18 months of uncertainty.
Students have been awarded grades based on a range of evidence, standardised by schools and quality assured by the examination boards. Students across Bracknell Forest have worked hard to generate evidence for assessment, throughout the course of their study, but in particular over the summer term, and now have the grades they need to progress to their next stage, including degree level study.
Cheryl Eyre, Assistant Director for Education and Learning, said:
“I am absolutely delighted to congratulate our students today. The grades they have received are a testament to their hard work and the resilient way in which they have responded to the challenges of the pandemic. Schools across Bracknell Forest have gone to considerable lengths to produce fair and objective results for these young people so that they may now move on to the next stage of their lives with confidence, and we wish them the very best for their future.”
Cllr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning, added:
“We are so proud to be able to congratulate these young people on their accomplishments; their success today is the outcome of all their hard work over the past two years and is well-deserved. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers in our schools who have guided our students through this challenging time and have worked relentlessly to support them.’’
The Department for Education has made it very clear that in these unprecedented circumstances, pupil outcomes should not be used to evaluate school performance, and for this reason it would not be appropriate for the local authority or our secondary schools to share examination results in the way we have done in the past. The priority today, as ever, is to celebrate the successes of our young people and to provide the support that each of them needs to continue to flourish.