CHIPPING Campden School pupils have been celebrating another strong set of A Level results.

Although the school's principal, John Sanderson, has praised students for their performance he has also criticised the government's scheme for marking exams after a number of pupils had their results downgraded.

In England, 36 per cent of entries had a lower grade than teachers predicted after exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

School and college leaders are calling for a review, and there has been political pressure with calls for all fees for appeals to be waived, and a U turn to follow the lead of Scotland by allowing teacher assessed marks to be accepted.

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Mr Sanderson said: "As with every other year, students at Chipping Campden School have been able to celebrate a strong set of A Level grades enabling most to access their first choice university, with our students securing places on courses ranging from medicine to policing and everything in between.

"While it has been a long wait, we have welcomed the opportunity to see our students again and have the opportunity to personally wish them every success in the next stage of their learning journey.

"Staff have also been on hand to offer advice and guidance on how to navigate any revisions to the university admissions system that have been put in place for this year.

"Overall, the school’s headline measures of A* to A and A* to C grades have gone up again, having previously been significantly above the national average.

"However, the application of a statistical standardisation algorithm to individual students carefully considered and evidenced based centre assessed grades has, for a small number of students, generated standardised grades which do not accurately reflect or reward their effort and ability.

"Understandably, we will be appealing these grades once it is made clear on what basis we are able to do this.

"In the meantime, I should like to acknowledge all the hard work and ongoing resilience of students and staff, and thank parents and carers for their continued support."