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Y11 and Y13 Information Jan 2021

Y11 and Y13 Information Jan 2021

Y11 January Exams Letter

Dear Year 11 Parents

While the Government has announced that GCSE and A level exams in the summer have been cancelled, schools have been given the choice whether to run the vocational exams which are scheduled to take place in January. Your child has been entered for either or both of the following exams that are scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Monday 11 January:

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After careful consideration, we have decided to go ahead and run these exams next week. This was not an easy decision for schools to make. Pupils at Hardenhuish have worked hard over recent months and have been thoroughly prepared in school, as well as through independent revision, to do their best in the forthcoming exam(s) which provide an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their knowledge, put their hard work to good use and potentially boost the chance of getting their highest grade possible. On the other hand, of course, the country has just started a period of lockdown and understandably you may have concerns if you child attends school to sit the exam of the increased risk of Covid infection and possible transmission to members of your household. Note that a relatively small number of Year 11 pupils are entered for the exams above and we are putting in place additional measures to further reduce the risk of infection such as increased ventilation and very wide spacing of desks in the exam room. The exam boards have assured schools that pupils not sitting the January exams will still receive a final grade, although it is unclear at this stage how that grade will be determined and if pupils will have an opportunity to sit the exam in the summer.

Our strong recommendation is for pupils to sit the exam(s) next week. However, if you feel that this is not appropriate for your child due to the reasons above, you may withdraw your child from the exam by e-mailing our Exams Officer, Mrs Vaughan (ELV@hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk), by 11:00 am on Monday 11 January at the latest. We will expect your child to attend the exam if we don’t hear from you. Pupils should arrive at school in uniform no later than 1pm and wait in the outside area nearest to the exam room specified on their statement of exam entry. For the majority of pupils, this will be the tennis courts outside the Sports Hall. If your child is unclear about where their exam room is they should look on their statement of entry and failing that report to the tennis courts where a member of staff will direct them to the right place. We ask pupils to wear face masks and maintain social distancing of at least 2m while they are waiting to enter the exam room. Pupils taking the exam(s) on Monday afternoon are excused from attending remote lessons in the morning of the same day so that they can concentrate on preparing for the exam(s).

Please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Parry-Jones (RJP@hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk) or Dr Bassford (RPB@hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk) with any questions about your child’s entry for the exam(s). Queries regarding the arrangements for the exams should be sent to Mrs Vaughan (e-mail address above).

We would be very grateful if you could discuss the contents of this letter with your child so they are clear about the arrangements for Monday’s exam. Thank you for supporting your child and the school during these challenging times.

Yours sincerely

Robin Bassford
Deputy Headteacher

Becky Parry-Jones
Year 11 Learning Manager

Liz Vaughan
Exams Officer

Year 11 Message

Dear Year 11

Well done for the positive way in which you have engaged with your remote learning this week. This has been a shock to all of our systems after expecting to only be remote learning for a week. I know that your teachers and tutors are certainly appreciating all that you are doing as this makes their efforts worthwhile.

I wanted to email to update you regarding what we know about the exam situation so far.

I can confirm that all GCSE, AS and A Level exams have been cancelled for this summer. We do not yet know what the assessment system will look like and are unlikely to know for some time. Yesterday, Simon Lebus, Interim Chief Regulator of Ofqual who oversee the examination system and process said the following:

We know that this is a difficult time for students, their parents and carers, teachers and trainers. Our message to students is this: please continue to engage as fully as you can in your education. That will be online for the majority of students, or face-to-face for those students still going in to their school, college or training provider. This will put you in the best position, whatever arrangements are made for your qualifications. It’s important that teachers and students can focus on the knowledge and skills needed to equip students to progress to the next stage, whatever form that might take – whether to college, an apprenticeship, university or employment.

 I know that what you would really like is certainty, but until we have this, we need to keep working together to put you in the best possible position for whatever assessment system is put in place. You can help this by engaging with your remote lessons and completing the work that is being set at the moment and please be aware that the contribution of mock exam performance and other past assessment data to final grades is unclear at the moment. If you do have any questions or concerns please direct these to Dr Bassford if they are about assessment and the grading of qualifications and any other questions to Mrs Parry-Jones

Take care, keep doing your best and we will be in touch as soon as we know more.

Mrs Percy

Year 13 Message

Dear Year 13

Well done for the positive way in which you have engaged with your remote learning this week. This has been a shock to all of our systems after expecting to only be remote learning for a week. I know that your teachers and tutors are certainly appreciating all that you are doing as this makes their efforts worthwhile.

 I wanted to email to update you regarding what we know about the exam situation so far.

I can confirm that all GCSE, AS and A Level exams have been cancelled for this summer. We do not yet know what the assessment system will look like and are unlikely to know for some time. Yesterday, Simon Lebus, Interim Chief Regulator of Ofqual who oversee the examination system and process said the following:

We know that this is a difficult time for students, their parents and carers, teachers and trainers. Our message to students is this: please continue to engage as fully as you can in your education. That will be online for the majority of students, or face-to-face for those students still going in to their school, college or training provider. This will put you in the best position, whatever arrangements are made for your qualifications. It’s important that teachers and students can focus on the knowledge and skills needed to equip students to progress to the next stage, whatever form that might take – whether to college, an apprenticeship, university or employment.

 I know that what you would really like is certainty, but until we have this, we need to keep working together to put you in the best possible position for whatever assessment system is put in place. You can help this by engaging with your remote lessons and completing the work that is being set at the moment and please be aware that the contribution of mock exam performance and other past assessment data to final grades is unclear at the moment.  If you do have any questions or concerns please direct these to Dr Bassford if they are about assessment and the grading of qualifications and any other questions to Mr Heffernan.

We will let you know more about our plans for your mock exams (scheduled for the first week of Term 4) once we have a clearer indication of the assessment system that will be used to determine final grades and also when we know more about when schools will be allowed to reopen.

Take care, keep doing your best and we will be in touch as soon as we know more.

Mrs Percy