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St Mark's Catholic School

St Mark's Catholic School

Teacher Assessed Grades


A Level and GCSE awards summer 2021


Dear Students/Parents/Carers,


As you are already aware, schools have been directed to determine A level and GCSE grades this summer. We were led to believe that public examinations would go on this year but in January the Department of Education cancelled all examinations in England due to the Covid 19 pandemic.


The school has followed the guidelines set out by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). This was published on the 26th March 2021, after a period of consultation. This is an unprecedented situation, and the process is different to the Centre Assessed Grades (CAGSs) of last year. This year schools throughout England had to come up with a “holistic, objective judgement based on evidence of each student's performance in each subject.” (p20 JCQ Guidance)


With very little notice, schools have had to produce a policy, design, evaluate and implement a new assessment system for awarding A level and GCSE grades in the absence of public examinations. Departments designed assessments based on the course content that students would have been examined in, and these were completed in class between Easter holidays and May half term. The number of assessments was at the discretion of the subject leaders based on the course content and assessment objectives. Departments standardised, marked and moderated these assessments. 


At St. Mark’s, we considered this assessment information as most important, however departments also took into account prior data and this helped departments make a “holistic” judgement as directed by the JCQ. The data used by each subject for GCSE and A Level is presented on the website for your information. 


This has been an extremely challenging year for all our Year 13 and Year 11 students and we believe that the assessment system produced by departments provided students with the best opportunity to demonstrate their skills, understanding and knowledge. All results have been quality assured within the school and exam boards have undertaken external quality assurance. This whole process has been extremely challenging and time consuming for teachers as well but we know that it has been carried out with a high level of professionalism, skill and rigour. 


The section of the website contains the following information:

  • Data used to determine GCSE grades

  • Data used to determine A Level grades


In addition the centre policy on TAG is there for you to reference.


Yours sincerely


Mr M Longuehaye

Deputy Headteacher