Dear Year 11 and 13 Families,
I hope you are well. You will be aware of The Prime Minister’s announcements yesterday evening which stated that GCSE and A-Level exams will not take place this summer in the normal way. I anticipate that we will learn more about what will replace them in the next few days. As soon as I know more, I will let you know. I will also keep you posted about the proposed dates for return to school. Early indications seem to be pointing towards a return after half-term (week commencing 22nd February).
I know that a few students were due to take public examinations this month. As it stands, these will still be going ahead. Mrs Clayton from our Examinations Office will be in touch to confirm arrangements as they will be held in school.
If the system is anything like last year, students will receive grades based on assessments made by your teachers. This is likely to involve your teachers making a judgement based on a range of factors e.g. class and homework, coursework, mock exams and other relevant data.
I understand that this will be a very worrying time for you. Having said this, I want to offer you some reassurance and outline things that are within your control. Firstly, as I’ve said, it is likely that we will need to consider assessments and classwork, so it is important that you complete all the work that is set by your teachers. Secondly, the completion of the courses you are on will help to prepare you for your next steps in life whether that is Sixth Form, Apprenticeship, College, University, or the world of work. Lastly, it is important to remember that the value of your qualifications will not be changed by the Prime Minister’s announcement. They will still reflect the effort, hard work and attainment you have shown throughout the course.
I know that yesterday’s announcement will be a disappointment but at this point, the best thing we can all do is to take on board the points above and keep going. Make sure that you are logging into your lessons and completing any work set.
For Year 11s, please be on the lookout for our Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening. This will go live on our website during the morning of Friday 8th January.
I have absolutely no doubt that in the future, when all this is behind us, our youngsters will be fine. We had an inkling that this may end up being the case, so your teachers have prepared for this. We will support you every step of the way. If at any point, you need a hand, please make contact with either Mr Pilbury (Year 11) or Mrs Brennan (Year 13) and they will ensure that you receive support.
I look forward to seeing you all very soon.