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QEGS students rewarded with the results they deserve (Y11 Results 2020)

Year 11 Exam Results 2020

A week in education is a very long time! Who would have known that seven days ago, whilst celebrating fantastic Post-16 results for the majority and supporting those students who were disadvantaged by the system, we would now be celebrating all students receiving their deserved grades. A great outcome eventually. Fair and reflective of the unique time we are all experiencing and also representative of the hard work and academic ability demonstrated by our Yr11 and Yr13 students over the course of their time at QEGS.

This week, once again, our Yr11 students should feel very proud of their results and reassured by the rigorous process that our staff and leaders undertook to ensure that this year’s grades could stand up to scrutiny and challenge. We are a high performing school and we have well established, robust assessment and mock examination procedures which have helped us to generate grades in the absence of external exams.

Each year, we always look to improve aspects of our provision, with new approaches to mental health and wellbeing for all, fine tuning the curriculum and refining how we support and prepare students for exams and progression to sixth form and beyond. The impact of these strategies are evident in our 2020 results, with many outstanding subject and student performances. This is likely to generate our biggest ever sixth form admission for Yr12, with over 150 students looking to join the ‘Sunday Times East Midlands School of 2020’.

This year more than ever, we recognise the benefit and impact of our students enjoying the wealth of opportunities during their time at QEGS. Their resilience and wellbeing has been challenged to a degree like never before and throughout lockdown it was never more evident how much we all missed their contributions and achievements in a number of areas such as in the school shows, music concerts, charity and fundraising events, student leadership, sports teams, art exhibitions, maths challenges, Duke of Edinburgh, observatory club and many other wonderful co-curricular activities at QEGS. To be the best you can possibly be takes more than just academic success. Students need to be happy, with a healthy body and mind and we hope that QEGS has helped play just a small part in our students pursuing happy and successful lives.

Many thanks to all of our staff and to parents too, for your continued support, we could not do it without you.

We look forward to seeing the majority of our students return to QEGS Sixth Form and for students looking to employment or college, we will be supporting their pursuit of their preferred pathway. Mrs Allen (Head of Sixth Form) and her team will be in school on Thursday and at the start of term to offer help and advice.

Scott Garrity

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