Dear Student, Parents and Carers

The Government announced yesterday that due to corona-virus schools and colleges would close. Importantly, Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education announced there will be no examinations for GCSE or A Level students this academic year. How grades will be generated is yet to be confirmed and the Government are working with Ofqual to provide further information and guidance at a later date. However, we do want to reassure you that should grades be requested in the future we will endeavor to ensure these are reflective of your attitude to learning, commitment, predicted and target grades within the guidelines provided at the time. 

Universities and apprenticeship providers want to offer Year 13 students places so they will be taking this into serious consideration during their difficult decision-making process. It is a national concern so other students will be in the same position as you, so they will want to treat all students fairly. We will update you via “Teams” and email as we learn more information.  In the meantime, do not be complacent, do keep learning in your fields of interest, otherwise you will find progress once you arrive at your next steps difficult. 

Year 12 students are part way through a two-year course, so independent remote working to keep up learning is going to be essential. It will not be easy and resilience, study routines and commitment will be key. Developing subject knowledge and understanding using the directed tasks we have put in “Microsoft Teams” is a required.

We ask you all to continue to be sensible. Self-isolate if needed and only go out when necessary. Closure is an enormous prevention measure that you need to take seriously and comply with to keep your friends, family and community safe and reduce the risk of infection spreading. 

Safety has to be our first priority, so please look after yourselves and your loved ones. Stay in touch and we will send you updates as they come through. 

 Yours sincerely

Vicky Chambers

Head of College