LAE welcomes the announcement that the government has now decided to base GCSE and A-Level grades on Centre-Assessed Grades (CAGs)
The decision to base this year’s results on CAGs removes the ‘glass ceiling’ on achievement imposed by Ofqual’s original standardisation process and the algorithm that underpinned it.
Whilst we believe that using CAGs is the fairest possible way of generating this year’s GCSE results, the policy change does have important implications for LAE’s enrolment process this year.
The decision to base GCSE results on CAGs is likely to mean that a higher proportion of offer holders meet LAE’s minimum entry and minimum subject grade requirements in 2020. This in turn will mean that there will be more competition for places at LAE on enrolment day this year, compared to previous years.
Like all other sixth forms, colleges and universities, LAE makes more conditional offers each year that it has places in order to compensate for the fact that some students apply to multiple providers and ultimately choose to enrol elsewhere, whilst others do not achieve the GCSE results they need to meet their offer.
As a result, LAE is clear that a conditional offer is not a guarantee of a place, with all enrolments subject to there being sufficient space on the courses that students have chosen and in the classes to which they are allocated.
Fairness and transparency underpin our approach to admissions, so we will be inviting offer-holders in to enrol on a first-come basis, subject to there being capacity on students’ chosen courses, in line with LAE’s Admissions Policy, upon receipt of completed pre-enrolment forms which will be sent to them at 08:00 on Thursday 20th August.
We strongly urge offer-holders to complete the form as soon as they are able to, and to contact their schools ahead of results day to arrange for their results to be sent electronically as soon as possible on Thursday.
Despite the use of CAGs, there will be some disappointed students who have missed their offers with results from exams they could not sit. If you have narrowly missed your offer, you will be able to submit your details via a separate link, and if places remain, we will consider these applications on a case-by-case basis.
Whilst we will do all that we can to honour the offers of those who meet the conditions, we have a finite number of places on each course and in the school as a whole, so unfortunately cannot guarantee places for those who meet their offers.