Dear Year 11/Year 11 Parent,

I hope this email finds you well. At the time of writing you should have completed your last examination just over a week ago and you should have been looking forward to your Year 11 Prom on Thursday. School has been a very strange place without you over the past three months and we are so sorry that events beyond the control of all of us have meant that your 1000 days at Hartford were cut short. We have really missed you. Hopefully we will be able to see you at your Prom in October as we have provisionally booked it for October 7th. Additionally, as soon as we are able, we will be organising your Certificate Evening for the late Autumn (provisionally November 19th) – this will be our opportunity to say a formal goodbye to you and your parents and to celebrate your achievements over the last five years.

We are very much hoping that we can invite you into school on Thursday 20th August to collect your GCSE results. Every school in the country has recently gone through the huge process of submitting predicted grades to the examination boards for every subject studied by Year 11 students. We have been required to submit the specific grade that we think students would have achieved if they had sat the exams and then create a rank order within each grade. This has been a very complex task carried out by your teachers using all the evidence we have collected during your courses. One great frustration to the whole of the teaching profession has been the fact that schools have not been allowed to share this evidence with the examination boards.

The grades submitted on behalf of 600 000 Year 11 students nationally will now undergo a further moderation process by the examination boards. The DfE and OFQUAL have made it very clear that we cannot discuss these predicted grades and the rank order with students/families; they have also told schools that they will moderate the grades to ensure that nationally grades will be similar to results for 2019.

One final thing for now. Your Yearbooks have arrived. We will let you know how these can be distributed as soon as we are able to do so safely.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland