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All of us at Lancing College welcome the Government’s announcement of 17 August, outlining a very significant change in relation to this year’s public examination results. In a year and results season like no other we have felt incredibly sorry for all the young people across the UK facing such a fraught and anxious time. All their hard work and focus have been the subject of forces beyond their control and while there were some cracking results for the College to celebrate last week we have been highly conscious of those young people who were right to feel that the outcomes generated by the algorithm-led system did not take full account of their skills and dedication.

The Government’s decision to base results on Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) is a clear statement of faith in the detailed, fair and objective process that all at Lancing put in place last term. These new results are a just reflection of the hard work of our leaving Upper Sixth students and are, rightly, among the best achieved in recent memory – they are a highly capable group.

Before the change in approach by the Secretary of State this had already been a strong year for the College’s results, something – for example – manifest in our record-breaking admissions to Oxford and Cambridge this year, our strong performance in Medicine, Veterinary and Bio-medical sciences (where eight pupils will attend top universities) and in Music, where seven pupils will attend specialist music conservatoires and be recognised with additional music scholarships. However, even with this overall strength in mind, the algorithm generated some unfair outcomes and there were some surprising and distressing drops in grades. In this light, it is good to see that right has been done and that students are now able to reap the just and fair reward of all their hard work.

Dominic Oliver, Head Master, commented: ‘In the face of all the pressure Lancing’s Upper Sixth year group has been remarkable: community-minded, supportive of one-another and focused on the future. I am proud of each of them and congratulate them on having negotiated such a difficult period so positively. All of us at Lancing wish them well as they make their next steps at some of the country’s top universities.’

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