BIGS Excellent GCSE Results For 2020

  • 80% of learners achieved 5 or more GCSE’s at grade 5-9 including English and Maths.
  • 92% of learners achieved/exceeded expected target grades.
  • 30% of students achieved a grade 9 in at least one or more GCSE
  • Average attainment 8 score for this cohort was 62.
  • 100% of students intend to move onto further education

Highest Grades Achieved

SubjectStudents achieving
Grade 5-9
Highest grade
achieved
English Language 95%9
English Literature 85%8
Maths 80%9
Biology100 %9
Chemistry100%9
Physics100%9
Combined Science63%9-8
Urdu 89%9
Arabic75%8
Art83%9
R.E89%9
History85%9
Computer Science100%9

As you know, this year’s GCSE results had to be awarded differently from usual, after exams were unable to go ahead due to Covid-19. Schools and colleges were asked to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grades they believed a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year, and to submit these centre-assessed grades (CAGs) to the relevant exam board.

Groups of teachers and leaders in each subject worked together to discuss and agree the centre-assessed grade for each student. They took into account a wide range of available evidence, including class work, mock exams and other records of student performance.

The intention was that the exam boards would then moderate the CAGs, to check that schools and colleges had approached this task consistently, before providing students with their final calculated grades. Unfortunately, as you will no doubt be aware, the method they used to do this proved problematic, and was likely to lead to many grades being unfairly downgraded.

The government therefore made the decision that GCSE and A level students would be awarded whichever was higher for each subject – their CAG or their calculated grade. This is what the grades students have received are based on.

We are hopeful that the arrangements for grading this summer will enable the majority of our students to progress to the next stage of study or employment, and they may still be able to do this even if the grade isn’t what they wanted. 

However on the occasion that students are not happy with their results then please take a look at the ofqual student guide to find out more about autumn exams, making an appeal, and what to do if you have concerns about bias or discrimination. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-guide-to-post-16-qualification-results-summer-2020) 

If you have any further queries, in the first instance please contact Dr Zakia on headteacher@boltonislamicgirlsschool.org.uk. You may also want to talk to the sixth form or college you plan to go to. They may well be flexible about their entry requirements.

You can make a request for us to check whether we made an administrative error when submitting your centre assessment grade or position in the rank order and if we agree we did, we can submit an appeal to the exam board.

If you want to re-sit any of your exams, the current plan is for a full series of exams to take place in November. We don’t yet have full details of how this will work, but if you are interested in sitting exams in November please contact Dr Zakia by email on headteacher@boltonislamicgirlsschool.org.uk by August 31st. Please be aware each exam will be charged at the same price as last year.  You will then be invited into school to complete the paperwork to finalise your entry during the second week of September. 

Congratulations and well done again to our students for everything they have achieved in this most difficult of years. May Allah continue to bless them with success and enable them to prosper and continue to benefit others. Keep Believing, Achieving and Succeeding!

A big congratulations and Thank you to the governors, staff and community for their continual support and hard work and dedication for this project.