Coronavirus Updates

Keep up to date with information here and by reading our April Newsletter found in the Head’s Newsletter section under What’s On on the school website.  Plus, please email Mrs Hamnett if you require school provision during the Easter holiday period.

 

Key Worker Parents, Free School Meals and students needing additional support

DfE guidance for schools including list of key workers Friday 20 March

Latest information including information regarding key workers 20 March 2020

Letter containing information for Key Worker Parents only

 

Cancellation of GCSEs, ASs and A Levels 2020 (updated 20 March)

Information from Ofqual (updated 26 March)

We are rapidly working up plans to implement the arrangements the Secretary of State for Education has set out for exams this summer and, with exam boards and teaching bodies, are making considerable progress.

Students understandably want reassurance, and teachers urgently need to know what to do, and when. We expect to publish detailed information about the process and timetable which will apply this summer next week. This will include the steps we would like teachers to follow and more detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence they will have available when submitting their assessment grades. We are talking to teaching representatives to make sure that what we are planning is manageable and appropriate, so that students, parents, carers and teachers can have confidence in the approach.

We will outline by Easter the process we will follow to make sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as our proposals for appeals. We will also say more as soon as possible about the arrangements for additional exams in the new academic year.

We want to reassure students waiting for news that we are doing everything we can to make sure they are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances.

Managing communications regarding awarding of grades

Further to our recent communications about the cancellation of exams and the uncertainty surrounding the awarding of grades, we would like to make a couple of important requests to allow us to better manage this complex and fast-changing situation.

Firstly, we will update you as soon as we have substantive information to share.  However, we will only do that when the information provides clarity and certainty, or when the update adds reassurance.  What we will not do is to speculate on what might happen.  That serves no purpose in this charged situation.  So please do not email us to ask for thoughts or comments on something that has been read or shared online.

Secondly, there will be a time when it is right for us to seek any additional information about extenuating circumstances that we do not already have, in order to submit that to the exam board.  Please wait for us to request that information.  We need to control the process and don’t want to risk losing information amidst the high volume of emails and documents that we are inevitably dealing with right now.  When we are ready to receive further information about extenuating circumstances, we will request it.

We know this is an unsettling and challenging time, and we want to do all we can to reassure our students and to protect their interests.  We appreciate your support and understanding.

Advice, guidance and support

Division of Educational & Child Psychology (DECP) British Psychological Society (BPS) – Coronavirus and UK schools closure: Support and advice for schools and parents/carers

Useful link for Coronavirus mental health and wellbeing resources

Various student support links

 

Previously shared letters/information can be found here