PETER Symonds College has said 25 per cent of it’s A-Level students received downgraded results, compared to the national figure of almost 40 per cent.

Yesterday (Thursday) the college reported a pass rate of 98 per cent, slightly down on 99 per cent last year.

But principal Sara Russell told the PA news agency that "clearly there are concerns" with how A-Level grades were adjusted after they were submitted by schools.

She said: "It's a results day like no other because of the circumstances in which the results have been awarded.

"We are really proud of our students and their examination results.

"For us as a college we thought it was really important to celebrate and recognise their hard work that has been almost two years in the making.

She added that "clearly there are concerns" about the way results were processed and adjusted after being submitted by teachers, adding that about 25 per cent of grades at Peter Symonds had been downgraded.

"It's very much a mixed picture for some students. It's affecting their progression opportunities or the universities that they particularly wanted to go to.

"What we have been focusing on is supporting the students and making sure we provide them with as much encouragement and support as possible."

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Nearly two in five (39.1 per cent) of teachers' estimates for pupils in England were adjusted down by one grade or more, according to data from exams regulator Ofqual, which amounts to around 280,000 entries.

Schools and colleges were told to submit the grades they thought each student would have received if they had sat the papers, alongside a rank order of students, after exams were cancelled amid Covid-19.

Exam boards moderated these centre-assessment grades to ensure this year's results were not significantly higher than previous years, and the value of students' grades were not undermined.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), has hit out at the way A-level results have been calculated.

He said: “We have received heartbreaking feedback from school leaders about grades being pulled down in a way that they feel to be utterly unfair and unfathomable.”

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