Dear Parent / Guardian
I am writing to provide you with an update following various government announcements last week. As I have no doubt you will have seen the government is now working towards the return of pupils from Monday 8th March. Unfortunately, up to that point we will only be able to allow attendance from the children of key workers and those pupils considered vulnerable. In the meantime, we will continue to operate as we have through this half term. We will provide live lessons as per your child’s timetable and they should log into these from home and play a full part in their lessons. We do not yet know how the return of pupils from the 8th March will work but we will share information with parents as soon as we receive it.
Last week also saw the end of the consultation on how students in Year 11 and Year 13 will receive their GCSE and A level grades. This consultation will now be analysed and we expect to hear from the government on how this will work on 22nd February. Again, as soon as we have further information we will share it both with students and parents. In the meantime, all students can do is continue with their studies as wholeheartedly as possible. We have been hugely impressed with the way that year 11 and 13 have done this so far. They need to continue to do so up to and beyond the 22nd February. Year 13 will have natural concerns about how their internal school mocks, which were due to take place in January, will work and Year 11 will be wondering about their second round of mock exams due in March. We will make decisions on this once we know when and how pupils will be returning and what is being put in place for the summer. Both pupils and parents should be reassured that our decision making will be based on giving pupils the best opportunities to demonstrate themselves in the most positive way possible. Finally, with regard to this I would ask Year 11 and 13 pupils and parents not to ask for summer grade predictions from teachers. Teachers will continue to assess and feedback work and we will provide a term 3 working at grade but it is important that it is understood that because this grade is based on the most recent work and not the whole course, as well as being a working at grade and not a predicted grade, this may be higher or lower than the Centre Assessed Grade in the summer.
I would thank parents once again for their support in the current very challenging circumstances. We are very grateful for the backing you give us and this enables us to spend our time planning and teaching rather than chasing work. Please continue to check in with your sons and daughters regularly about their work. As previously shared, the ‘to do’ list is a fantastic way of checking if they have work outstanding. Please also continue to encourage your child to contribute to the House Fitness competition and get involved with some of the reading opportunities that have been shared.
As always if you are worried about your child, either from a welfare perspective or an academic perspective then please do not hesitate to contact the school.