Lurgan College Year 13 and Year 14 pupils received their calculated grades in their AS and A Levels from the awarding bodies on 13 August 2020. It has been an extremely challenging year for our young people, their parents and their teachers. Public examinations were cancelled for the first time in history and all the hard work of our pupils and teachers has ensured that our young people have been able to receive AS and A2 grades. In May schools were asked to provide Centre Assessment Grades and rank orders in order to assist the awarding bodies in the calculation of ‘standardised’ grades across the province.
Late on Monday afternoon of this week, however, the Minister of Education decided that the pupils’ Centre Assessment Grades, generated by teachers in the school in May, should now be the only evidence used to determine the pupils’ final AS and A2 grades. Reviewed grades will be issued to pupils in due course, although the Centre Assessment Grades have already been made available to all AS and A2 pupils.
The A2 and AS classes of 2020 have had the most challenging year in living memory and we commend them for their resilience and their maturity during these difficult days. I congratulate the pupils on all their hard work and I thank their teachers for doing their level best to make whole the system work.
The most gratifying aspect for all of this for us all at the College is that the vast majority of our Y14 pupils are in a position to head off and take their well-earned places in their chosen universities. These special young people, who are a credit to their families, their school and their community, deserve great praise for carrying on Lurgan College’s fine tradition of pursuing outstanding academic excellence. Any pupils who still require advice and guidance in accessing their university places as a result of the change in government policy will continue to be supported by the school’s careers department.
We continue to pay tribute to our dedicated colleagues in Lurgan Junior High School and in our local contributory primary schools who furnished these pupils with a first-rate education in the earlier part of their educational career.
We wish our Year 14 leavers God’s richest blessing and very success in the next stage of their educational journey. We thank them for their invaluable contribution to the life of the College down through the years.
The school now awaits the release of GCSE grades which will also be determined solely by the teacher-generated Centre Assessment Grades.