Letter from our Principal to Year 11 Pupils and their Parents/Carers
Dear Year 11 Pupils and their Parents/Carers,
I wanted to write to you personally following the announcement that was made by the government yesterday stating that the GCSE examinations will not now go ahead in May/June this year. This was clearly a shock to yourselves and us as a school community and at present, we do not know how this situation is going to affect you as our Year 11 pupils.
The government, Ofqual and the examination boards have stated that they are currently working on an alternative plan and have stated that they plan to communicate this tomorrow, Friday 20th March.
As soon as we receive a clearer picture and have discussed this both as a school and a Trust, we will let you know what this is and we will work to guide you through any revised processes. As so much is unknown at this point, it is really important that you continue with your learning and complete the remote learning that has been set for you. All these activities will ensure that you are fully prepared for the next stage in your learning and maybe more importantly, it will also provide us with a portfolio of work that demonstrates your current ability, capturing the improvements that you have no doubt made since the mock examinations, meaning that we continue to have an up to date overview of your ability in each of your subjects.
I can only imagine the range of feelings that you are going through at this point in time. As a parent of a child who is also in Year 11, I can empathise in part and understand the many questions that we all have alongside the difficulty of not having the answers to these at this time. I can also understand the questions that some of you have posed about the feelings associated with not necessarily being able to experience your last few months in a place that has been important in your life for the last five years. Therefore, it is even more important than usual that we put our values and all that we have learnt about being a strong community into action. Remember that although we are not together in one building, we are still a school community, are still able to be contacted and can still support you. Equally, do make sure that you look out for each other at this time and let us know if you are concerned about anyone else in the Year group, and we can look out for them too. We are still here to talk to you and you as a year group still matter greatly to us.
We will be in touch very soon. We are also working hard to make sure that you have the opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ to each other in the right way, with all that goes with this. We will of course bring you back together once this period of self-isolation and social distancing is over. We know that you understand that we have to put the health and safety of everyone first and that there are staff and other pupils in your year group who are currently unable to attend the academy at this time, but would wish to have the opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ as well.
Sending you and your families my best wishes at this time of uncertainty.