Covid-19 Update 

Tuesday 19th January 2021

I hope you and your families are safe and well.  This has been a fast moving week in terms of Exams and Free School Meals.  Please read the following updates with care.


A Levels, GCSE and Vocational Grades

The Secretary of State for Education published a letter to Ofqual last week setting out his proposals for how the summer grades are to be awarded now that traditional exams are no longer able to go ahead due to the pandemic.  The DfE has issued a period of consultation,  which closes on 29 Jan 2021, open to students, parents and staff.  The approach that will then be followed will be published asap after that date.  


In summary the proposals are:

  • Students would continue with their education during this academic year

  • Students would be assessed by their teachers in a period beginning in May into early June

  • Teachers would submit grades to the exam boards by mid June

  • External quality assurance by the exam boards will be ongoing throughout June

  • Results would be issued to students once the QA process is complete, most likely in early July

  • Student appeals could be submitted immediately following the issue of results and would first be considered by schools and colleges


I would urge you to have your say.  What I can report is that our first assertions, that students can still affect their grade by continuing to work hard and develop evidence to support center assessed grades, (CAG) is central to the proposals.   


Remote Learning

We will be monitoring the engagement of students with their remote learning.  Data will be collected on a fortnightly basis and this will be shared live via MCAS for parents and carers. The first set of data is now available via MCAS for you to review the engagement of your child with their learning online.  As set out above, completed tasks will provide all year groups with valuable evidence of their progress and attainment and will be used to help support final CAG for Yrs 10, 11, 12 & 13. 


Free School Meals (FSM)

The eVoucher scheme launches this week to support those families that are entitled to FSM.  To be able to receive these it is vital that we have an accurate set of contact details.  If you are eligible for FSM and wish to ensure we have accurate contact details, then please complete the form on the front page of the website. 

All general updates will be posted on the school website. That should be your first port of call if you have any queries. If you have questions about anything in this latest Update Blog, please do not hesitate to contact the school.  


I would like to wish you well and I hope you and your family stay safe and well in these difficult times. 


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