Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Letter for Parents of Year 11 Students

12 September 2012

To Parents of Year 11 students


Dear Parent

GCSE Assessments

I am sure you will be aware of the on-going debate in the media regarding the marking and grading of GCSE assessments this summer, particularly in English GCSE. Following analysis of our students' results, we are raising our concerns with WJEC, OCR and AQA regarding our English, Science and Spanish/French results respectively.  

From the volume of communication that has come in to school regarding this matter, we know you share our concerns and I would like to reassure you that we are taking every possible step in our attempts to ensure that our students receive a fair grade for their work. Controlled assessment (frequently referred to as 'coursework') cannot be re-marked but we may, following our continuing investigation, request that our moderation sample is re-moderated by the exam boards. WJEC's announcement yesterday to re-grade the English examination marks of students in Welsh schools does not benefit our students at present, but we hope that Ofqual may follow suit presently. The English leadership team have requested to have some exam papers returned to us for further scrutiny as part of their investigation and we are working with local schools and the local authority to present a strong case to Ofqual. I know that some of you who have been most directly affected by this issue have already received a letter from our English department highlighting the steps we are taking; this investigation continues and we will keep you updated.

We are seeking to support our students through action taken on behalf of the whole cohort. Once this is concluded, we will contact students and parents directly if we believe there are individual cases to be scrutinised in more detail. Thank you for your patience in waiting for our investigations to conclude and for any national action to be confirmed. You may also wish to write to your local MP to express your opinions on these matters and the effect they may have had on your child. 

Yours faithfully


Mr R Maule 

Deputy Headteacher 

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