St Edmund Hall’s Statement on A-level Results 2020

Over the weekend, St Edmund Hall has reviewed the applications of all students who missed their conditional offers when A-level grades were released last Thursday. It is apparent that a disproportionally large number of those students that missed their offers were from the state sector. The college had already taken the decision to relax the offer conditions for a significant number of students but, in light of the growing concern around the processes by which grades were assigned and can be appealed this year, it has looked again at the cases of those students whose places were not initially confirmed.

All of our offer holders made powerful cases for admission last December and had UCAS predicted grades from their teachers that would confirm a place. The college therefore believes that a very large proportion of them have strong grounds to appeal the grades that they were awarded.

To alleviate the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the appeals process, and uphold our strong strategic commitment to access, equality and diversity in our admissions process, The college has taken the decision to regard all applicants whose places were not originally confirmed as having met their conditions, and to welcome them to the Hall.. Wherever possible, we will make places available for these students to start this October as originally planned. Given University course capacity constraints, it may be necessary for some students to be assigned a deferred place for October 2021 entry, although the college will of course consider each student’s circumstances on an individual basis.