Radio silence over A-level results in Bedford Borough

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Empty exam room
Due to the global pandemic, students were unable to sit their exams this year

Schools and colleges across Bedford Borough are remaining overwhelmingly tight-lipped over this year’s A-level results, after almost 40% of national results have been downgraded.

Ordinarily, the Bedford Independent’s email inbox would be flooded with good news stories of exceptional sixth-formers and students celebrating their futures.

Last year, we published a live blog, updated regularly with news from each of the Borough’s secondary schools and sixth-form colleges.

However, by midday today (Thursday) just three schools and colleges have been in touch, following the extraordinary circumstances surrounding this year’s results.

Read: Bedford students’ anticipation ahead of A-level results

Figures from Ofqual show that 39.1% of the 700,000 teacher assessments submitted in England were lowered by one or more grade during its algorithmic standardisation process.

In contrast, just 2.2% of assessments that were upgraded.

Reports locally bear this out, suggesting some pupils have seen a drop of two grades.

The Bedford Independent attempted to contact schools for comment, but either phone lines were affected by this morning’s storms, calls were not answered, or ‘no comment’ was offered.

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