Today we met with year 11 to deliver the following message:
We didn’t know the content of last night’s announcement any sooner than you did. Although I cannot give you all of the answers today, I can promise to be honest with you and to listen to your views and worries.
This is an unprecedented time and we want to support you with the immediate situation. Even though most of you will not be in school from next week, our commitment to support your further education and your future continues.
As soon as we have any updates, you will be the first to know. As the situation unfolds, we will update you through the student notices on google classroom, our website and by email.
Whilst we do not have all of the answers yet, some of the key questions we are working hard to find out for you are:
- If and how you will be graded for your GCSEs
- The process Sixth Forms, Colleges and apprenticeship providers will use to decide places.
- How we will mark you finishing school and the Prom.
However, remember that all 400,000 year 11 students across the country are in the same situation and have the same questions as all of us. In the future, everyone will remember and understand what we all went through together in 2020.
We understand that you may well be feeling concerned and maybe even shocked and upset. All members of staff are here to support you today for whatever you need: whether that be talking through your worries or giving guidance for subjects that you are interested in and intend to take further. We will give you this next lesson to be together, chat to your staff and digest last night’s information. If it helps, we will be pleased to receive your questions to answer as soon as we are able.
Our advice would be to continue to develop your subject knowledge so that you are fully prepared to continue your education or prepare for employment.
Whilst we fully accept that the next few days and months are going to be difficult, we still expect you to work together with us and with each other to make today and the coming days as easy as possible for everyone. Like you, staff are also deeply surprised as they have worked hard with you over the years. We would really appreciate you being as kind to staff today as they will be to you as we all support each other through this transition.
From next lesson you will return to normal lessons where your teachers will be teaching you subject knowledge. There will be no mock exams tomorrow.
While you are thinking about what happens next, don’t forget everything you have been taught about staying well. Wash your hands, keep your distance, sneeze into a tissue, self-isolate if you have symptoms.
We will still continue to look after each other and our wider communities whatever is happening with our qualifications.
We will meet year 11 again tomorrow morning. We will explain that this is not the last day. We are already starting discussions with the students on how they would like to mark the end of year 11. This is likely to include still having leavers hoodies, a year book, a leavers’ event and the prom. Obviously, the date of these events can not yet be confirmed.
We will find ways for the year group to stay in contact with each other and with the school and to continue their learning.
This is not the last day of year 11 and the highest standards of behaviour are expected tomorrow in consideration of the hard work staff are putting in place to plan for next week.
Mr S Holder Mrs S Neill
Executive Headteacher Head of School