Important Covid-19 Update: Y11 Examinations

Dear Year 11

 I know that lots of you are understandably worried and anxious about the situation regarding your exams and that you have many questions about what will happen.  We don't have all the answers yet but I wanted to share with you what we know so far: 

 ·         The government have announced that students will definitely not sit GCSE exams this summer

·         They are looking at putting in place a system of teacher-assessed grades as a replacement

·         Teachers will be given training and support to ensure these marks are awarded fairly and consistently

 We are expecting a full update on what this actually means by the end of January, and of course, as soon as we hear anything we will let you know. In the meantime, it is vital that you continue to work as hard as you can.  Whilst you will not be sitting formal exams, it is likely that we will still need to assess you in some way.  This could possibly mean some mock exams, or other forms of assessment, still going ahead (albeit in a very different way to normal) and last year we were asked to look at a range of evidence including work completed in class.  The important thing is that you realise that your final grades have not yet been decided so you still have everything to work for. It is also important to maintain your progress so that you are ready to make the step-up to whatever course(s) you hope to be studying in September.

 I also wanted to say that many of your teachers have told me that you are continuing to work incredibly hard and are engaging really well with the remote learning.  Well done – your response so far is impressive and we are all very proud of you.

 Finally, can I assure you that we will support you in every way possible to ensure that you achieve the grades you deserve at the end of this year. So, stay positive, work hard and just let us know if there is anything further we can do to support you.

Take care for now

 Mrs Pearson.

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