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A message from Mrs Smith to our Year 11s

A message from Mrs Smith to our Year 11s

20th March 2020

A message from Mrs Smith

Dear Year 11 Pupils,

Further to my letter to you earlier this week, I wanted to write to you once again following the information that the government have released to us on March 20th regarding the awarding of grades in your GCSEs.

We learnt today that the examination boards have now made a decision as to how your GCSE grades will be awarded in the summer. They have come up with a way that they believe will ensure that you are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that you are putting in and will seek further information from the school to help them to award this grade.

We as a school will be asked to provide a grade for each of your subjects. Each of your teachers will be using a range of evidence and data to arrive at this grade. We will be given further guidance on how to do this fairly, however I want to make it clear that this will not just be based on your mock examination outcomes completed before Christmas, but also on other work that you have done in class and are currently completing, along with any other assessments or internally assessed work that you have already done.  The examination boards will then use these grades and other information that they have to arrive at your final grade.

Due to this, it is really important that you continue to complete the work packs that we have sent to you so that when required, your teachers have a really good evidence base of what you are capable of achieving. I cannot stress the importance of this enough: you must keep working hard and not give up. Continuing with your work is also crucial to support you as you move on to your post-16 destinations. Should you have any additional questions about the awarding of grades, then please do email enquiries@northmanchester.coop and we will attempt to answer these as more information is released.

I know that some of you have expressed feelings of sadness and frustration due to the academic year having come to an abrupt end without you having had the chance to say your ‘goodbyes’. On a personal note, I can empathise with this. Knowing that you will not be returning to a place that has been an important part of your life for the last five years can be difficult to come to terms with. We want to reassure you that we are going to make provision for you to come back together and celebrate your time in school once it is safe to do so, as you continue to be a very special year group to us all. We are unable to make detailed plans for this at this time as there is so much that is unknown, but we expect this to include ‘traditions’ that Year 11s normally experience such as shirt signing and an opportunity for a prom. We will continue to keep in regular contact with you, and do contact us if you need any support from us at this time.

The World Health Organisation and Public Health England have today put out a strong message to you as young people about the need to also practise social distancing and to not come together in groups. It is crucial that you follow all the guidance that is being given at this time from advice on handwashing and hygiene through to abiding with social distancing advice, in order that you play your part in reducing the spread of this virus across our communities. Your health and the health of everyone is critical at this time and your actions can help to save lives.

Finally, you may have noticed that we are posting different activities to keep everyone connected at this time across our social media platforms, as well as on google classroom. Today, Ms Hands started the sunflower seed competition, which has become a bit of a tradition in our school community. You may remember back in Year 8 when you planted sunflower seeds that bloomed in the courtyard for months on end, bringing much joy to everyone. I am confident that Ms Hands will take extra care of your sunflower and that we will see it standing tall and blooming for many months to come, as a reminder of all that you have and continue to contribute to our school community.

My key message to you at this point is to continue to learn, follow the health guidance that is given to you and remember above all, to live out our values in all you seek to achieve.

With the warmest of wishes to you, your families and your friends.

Mrs R Smith

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