One Third Of English A-Levels Lowered By One Grade, Cumbrian Pupils Receive Results And What They Can Do Next

By Rachael Grealish

Today students across Cumbria received their A Level results, but have they been impacted by the third of results lowered by one grade?

Exam results day is always a day of excitement, high emotions and mixed feelings depending upon individual results.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis schools were closed and exams cancelled, meaning final grades for pupils have been met with skepticism.

In England, 36% of entries had a lower grade than teachers predicted and 3% were down two grades, in results for exams cancelled by the pandemic, according to Ofqual figures.

But the overall results, across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, show higher A* and A grades this year, as said by the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, this morning on Sky News.

In Cumbria councillor for schools and learning, Sue Sanderson, is congratulating and celebrating the hard work of the youngsters, schools and staff, but recognising the ‘mixed emotions’ experienced today.

She said: “Today is a day for celebration and although it will also be filled with mixed emotions for many I want to take this opportunity to congratulate our young people for staying positive during such a challenging time.

“I also want to say thank you to all the head teachers, teachers, parents and carers for all their support to our young people over the last few months.

“We must remember today is about people, it is about the future of our young people and I am immensely proud of everyone’s efforts. Whatever your results it is now time for you to focus on the future and the opportunities that lie ahead.

“Finally I want to take this opportunity to reassure everyone about the significant amount of work going on behind the scenes to help get our education system back on track.

“Our plans are progressing really well to reopen our schools and childminding facilities in September and again I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who is working so hard to make this happen.”

Whilst no guarantees have been given about students being able to achieve ‘at least what they did in their mocks,’ the recent announcement from government does enable this to be considered, subject to supporting evidence within the appeals process. 

If any student is still unhappy with their A or AS level grade, they will also have the opportunity to sit an exam in the autumn, or, in certain circumstances, to appeal the grade through their school or college.

Other support is also available from the following:



National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline – The Exams Results Helpline runs from Wednesday 12 August and continues until Friday 28 August.

It is available for young people, and their parents or carers looking for careers support, who can contact the helpline on 0800 100 900from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.