YEAR 11 LETTER
I am writing to you with regard to the recent government announcement pertaining to the gradual reopening of schools.
As you may or may not be aware the Department for Education published a document stating that primary schools will reopen on 1st June 2020 and that from this date ‘secondary schools, sixth form, and further education colleges(are) to begin (facilitating) some face-to-face support with year 10 and 12 pupils, although we do not expect these pupils to return on a full-time basis at this stage’.
As you can see there is currently no intention on the part of the government to reopen schools for students currently in Years 7, 8, 9 and 11.
I had hoped that we would have a chance to meet with our year 11 students in college before they officially leave us on Friday 26th June 2020, but I must say that at the time of writing this looks extremely unlikely.
Until we have reached the official leaving date however, I will continue to hope that we will reunite the Year 11 Team once again and in the interim I will continue to keep you updated with any developments.
As you are aware from the letter you received from Mrs Duffy our Examinations Officer, on 23rd March 2020 the Secretary of State explained that the government’s intention was that results would be issued to all current Year 11 students based on a range of evidence and data, including performance in mock examinations and non-exam assessment.
Following this, schools have been asked to provide a centre-assessment grade for each student. This is the grade that each student is ‘most likely to have achieved’ if they had sat their exams and is based on evidence held by schools and reviewed by subject teachers and Heads of Department.
Schools have also been asked to provide a rank order of students within each grade. Ofqual have stated that this is because the statistical standardisation process will “require a more granular scale” than grades alone.
At Wright Robinson, student grades and rankings have been devised by a multifaceted approach taking into account mock examination results, class work, assessments and general trajectory.
However, please be mindful that grades are subject to adjustment by individual examination boards. Please be aware that we are not in a position to share student grade before the official release date.
Hopefully we will have an opportunity to celebrate the successes of our Year 11 students in our traditional manner in August.
Again, I will write to you outlining details on the release of examination results in due course.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for undertaking the role of teacher during this period and for your understanding of the college’s position.
The college will close on Friday 22nd May at 3.30pm for Half Term and re-open for the children of key workers on Monday 1st June 2020. During this time and the week following, we will prepare the building for Monday 8th June when our Year 10 students will commence a gradual reintegration into college.
The next scheduled release date of work for collection from the college and for listing on the college website is Friday 5th June 2020.
Please take care and stay safe.
Mr M Haworth