YEAR 11 - Headteacher Update 8th March 2021

08/03/21

Dear Parent,

Staff have been delighted to welcome back all of our young people into school today and I know it will be a relief to both students and their parents to get back to face to face teaching. Please be assured that we will be prioritising both the teaching and well-being of students on their return; for Year 11 students this will mean support in ensuring they are able to achieve the best grades possible this summer.

We are still awaiting information from the DfE and examination boards regarding the fine detail of what assessment should look like between now and the summer for Year 11 students and as soon as we have that information we will communicate the exact position to you. In the meantime we felt it was important to outline the basic details of how assessment will look based on what we currently know.

  • We have four weeks between now and Easter followed by six weeks until May half term.
  • Using that ten week period we intend to hold three series of mini assessments (based on past examination questions). We are still working on aspects of this and will let you/students know the fine detail next week. For example, we have yet to decide whether or not to use the examination venues or classrooms for the mini assessments or a combination of both.
  • The mini assessments will focus only on topics that students have been taught; therefore loss of learning due to COVID19 will not affect them; we will provide students with comprehensive revision lists and resources.
  • In order to maximise the ten weeks we have left with students we will do the first mini assessments in the week starting 29th March in five subjects: English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and MFL.
  • No decision has yet been made on an official leaving date for Year 11 students.
  • Schools must submit grades to examination boards by June 18th.
  • Grades will be published on August 12th.
  • We will hold a parental Zoom meeting in the week starting March 15th. Details/timings to be confirmed.

We already have some information on assessment performance for students from previous practice examinations and assessments; we will ensure that this information is taken into account where it will benefit our young people. However, it is very clear that the assessment points between now and May/June will be crucial in providing the main evidence for decisions. To this end, excellent attendance and focused hard work are essential.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns. We are always at the end of a phone or email.

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland