(Year 11 and Year 13)

With confirmation that all external examinations have been suspended for our pupils, we write to you in order to clarify our position as a School. 

We understand that this is an exceptionally unsettling time for all of our Year 11 and Year 13 pupils. We are aware that they have worked very hard to prepare for their upcoming examinations. Understandably, they will feel disappointed and frustrated that they will not have the opportunity to demonstrate their formidable progress and considerable achievements in the format that they both expected and deserved. 

It is essential for all of our students to be provided with an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and experience a sense of closure before the conclusion of this academic year. In part, this will perhaps be partially provided by the grades published in due course. However, we believe that it is our responsibility to provide all students with an opportunity for their efforts and achievements to be acknowledged through a process of formal assessment.  

Consequently, students in Year 11 will work towards the completion of the Rossall Senior School  Diploma. In addition to this it is our intention to confirm places within our Sixth Form (for both internal and external applicants) as soon as possible so as to remove a cause of real anxiety for some of our boys and girls. 

Students in Year 13 will be awarded  the Rossall School Sixth Form Diploma upon completion of their studies with us. 

Both these diplomas will serve as a tangible  record of achievement for each of our students and the graduation certificate for our Year 13 students will be accompanied by a valedictory reference written by the Headmaster.  

Key features of the diploma will include:

  • Record of grades awarded by the exam boards (please see note below)
  • Record of internal grades awarded as a result of internal assessments to be sat in May 2020 (In all likelihood these assessments will be sat remotely)
  • A personalised reference summarising each student’s unique journey through Rossall highlighting all individual achievements, sporting or creative contributions, and a comment on soft skills such as leadership and teamwork
  • Each student will receive one of the following grades:

i) Pass
ii) Merit
iii) Distinction
iv) Starred Distinction 

Full details of the Rossall Diploma, along with dates and logistics will be published later this week. It is our intention for this diploma to be validated externally. 

Information from Examination Boards 

The Department for Education has shared further details with regards to  assessment for GCSE and A level courses.

In essence, the process will be as follows: 

  • At some point, examination boards will ask schools to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe each student would have received if examinations had gone ahead.
  • This judgement will be based upon a range of evidence and data including both trial examinations and non-examination assessment.
  • The examination boards will then combine this with other relevant data, including prior attainment, to produce a grade which the government is aiming to release before the end of July. 
  • The DfE has stated that if students do not believe the correct process has been followed, then they will be able to appeal the results citing additional evidence.  
  • Additionally, if individuals do not believe that their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit additional  examinations once schools reopen their doors physically.

The IB intends to publish its guidelines and FAQs by Friday 27th March. Once we have further information regarding the criteria that they will use to award the IB Diploma, we will, of course, inform students and parents. Students taking the IBDP are fortunate to have a relatively strong evidential basis in the form of coursework submissions and we presume that, in part, this will inform the level of grades awarded. 

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards, 

Dina Porovic
Deputy Head (Teaching & Learning) 

Stephen Prest 
Director of Sixth Form

Bethan Jones
Director of the International Baccalaureate