School Closure update - ‘face to face’ with Yrs 10 and 12 from 1st June - 13th May 2020

As you will be aware, the Government has now issued guidelines setting out a phased return to school by year group. For secondary schools, there are no plans for any return for years 7, 8 and 9 before September. From 1 June 2020, we will be aiming to offer some face to face contact with year 10 and year 12 students. This will not be a return to full timetables, rather some support to supplement students’ remote education. To safeguard both staff and students we will limit the attendance of the year 10 and 12 cohort in school at any one time and keep students in small groups. We are currently looking at how we can best achieve this. Getting some time with students where ever possible will be invaluable, especially as they lead into their end of course exams next year.


Although I can not give you details as yet, I thought it important to share with you that plans are under consideration. I will be sharing details as soon as they are available.


Thank you for your support. Please continue to encourage students, regardless of year group, to engage with the remote learning materials that have been provided. Do not hesitate to get in contact with individual staff if you have any questions or concerns. All updates and resources can be accessed via the school website.


Year 10 Grades Summer


A statement was issued on 31 March ‘Important Curriculum Changes for Year 10 Students’, informing parents that the Exam boards had been directed by the Government to only award grades for terminal exams for Yr11, and that our Yr 10 students, would be unable to claim grades for their planned terminal exams this summer.


This now has been partly rescinded following intense lobbying from schools and educationalists across the country who argued that this would be detrimental to students, especially in this uncertain climate. Therefore those students who were due to complete courses this summer in:


  • Art

  • Computer Science

  • Dual Humanities (Geography only for those students studying history and geography)

  • Religious Education


will be awarded a grade. These grades will be awarded based primarily on internal school data. Teachers will be asked to predict the final grades students would have achieved if the exam and all its elements had gone ahead as planned. There will be a request for evidence to support these judgements and this may take the form of completed coursework, internal key assessments and previous grades and marks. Exam boards will then also take into account further data they hold centrally such as SATs, previous national trends and previous school figures etc.


All the remaining subjects will be taken at the end of Yr 11. All students will have access to certification in ten subjects, including full EBacc entry.


This means that we will in fact be able to run a Citizenship course for certification for some pupils, while others continue with postponed courses. This is unavoidable due to the impact of the enforced lockdown and closure of schools over the last few months.


If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Mills (rmills@kingsmeadow.org.uk) Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Curriculum.


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