Year 11 reports and consultations

1st Feb­ru­ary 2021

Dear Y11 Par­ents and Carers,

Re: Y11 Reports and Consultations

I wrote to you recently to share the Ofqual con­sul­ta­tion on the grades that year 11 will receive. The results of this con­sul­ta­tion are not yet pub­lished but it is clear that the inten­tion is to allow the max­i­mum time pos­si­ble for year 11 stu­dents to com­plete work and make the best pos­si­ble progress. With this in mind, we have col­lated a bespoke report for Y11, adapted to report on progress and remote learn­ing as opposed to detailed antic­i­pated grades at this stage, to allow stu­dents to com­plete as much assess­ment evi­dence as pos­si­ble in the remain­ing time, which will help inform their grade.

This will report on:

  • atten­dance to remote lessons
  • engage­ment in remote lessons
  • com­ple­tion of remote learn­ing work/​tasks
  • qual­ity of remote learn­ing work submitted

Each of these will be graded on our usual 41 scale and cri­te­ria for these will be com­mu­ni­cated with the report. This will be sent out to parents/​carers via MyEd on Thurs­day 11th Feb­ru­ary for you to read and digest over the half term break.

We would usu­ally look for­ward to wel­com­ing par­ents and stu­dents into school, at this time to meet with sub­ject teach­ers and dis­cuss progress but clearly the cur­rent excep­tional cir­cum­stances do not allow for this. Instead, we would like to offer year 11 par­ents and stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to talk to sub­ject teach­ers by tele­phone. These calls will take place over the first 2 weeks of term 4, begin­ning Tues­day 23rd Feb­ru­ary. Your child’s teach­ers will be coor­di­nat­ing these calls around their live remote lessons and meet­ing com­mit­ments so we will be ask­ing par­ents to indi­cate which sub­jects you would like to speak to and your avail­abil­ity, am or pm. This will help us to stream­line calls a lit­tle and we will do our best to respond to all requests. As with a usual con­sul­ta­tion event, please be aware that we need to keep these calls to 10 min­utes to allow staff to meet all appoint­ment requests. A reply slip to cap­ture these requests will be with your child’s report and we ask that you com­plete and return this via MyEd by 9am Mon­day 22nd February.

The key mes­sage to year 11 at this stage is to stay pos­i­tive and use the remain­ing time well to ensure they have com­pleted all work, tasks and assess­ments set by their teach­ers. We do not yet know the out­come of the con­sul­ta­tion of the specifics of how grades will be decided but the best thing stu­dents can be doing is engag­ing in lessons and com­plet­ing tasks set to the best of their abil­ity. Once again, I com­mend the major­ity of stu­dents who are already engag­ing well in lessons and work­ing hard. It really is the tough­est times for young peo­ple and our year 11 stu­dents have shown strength, matu­rity and deter­mi­na­tion, as well as a kind­ness to oth­ers and human spirit beyond their years. We will con­tinue to do all that we can to sup­port stu­dents and par­ents through these chal­lenges — do keep in touch with us about any­thing that is wor­ry­ing you.

Best wishes to you all,

Vicky Willis

Head­teacher