This month in educational news, the government announced that teacher-assessed grades are to replace 2021 examinations for GCSE and A Level. Due to the disruptions with the Covid-19 pandemic, teachers will now base their final grades on the work that students have completed throughout the year. This will include in class assessments and essays. This move will bid farewell to the controversial algorithm that was used last summer, adopting a fairer way for students to be assessed. Results will also be published earlier than planned, so that students have more time to appeal any grades that they are unhappy with.
Another huge announcement was one of the last remaining all boys boarding schools, Winchester College, for the first time in its 640-year history will now accept girls into the school. In a move described as ‘Winchester College in the 21st Century’, Winchester will now accept girls and day pupils into its sixth form from September 2022. Female boarders will also be able to attend in September 2024. Known as one of the most academic schools in the UK, (the 2020 GCSE results saw 75.7 per cent of grades at 9 or 8 (A*) and 20 boys receiving Oxbridge offers), Winchester College was originally founded in 1382 to educate the poor and needy. Now, with the introduction of female students, Winchester will use this extra revenue to increase its bursary provision by 25 per cent to 150 pupils in 2024.
Finally, another exciting announcement, Charterhouse and Edgeborough School announced that Edgeborough will join the Charterhouse family in September 2021. The two charities will merge together to create an independent coeducational prep and senior school offer. This merger will see new subjects and activities for Edgeborough students becoming available, making use of Charterhouse’s facilities. There will also be enhanced leadership opportunities for Charterhouse students, pupils will be able to coach and mentor Edgeborough students and support them in a range of co-curricular activities. The merger of the two schools will also allow significant financial benefits, increasing specialist support skills and greater purchasing power.