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Year 11 GCSE Update

For the attention of parents of Year 11 students


You will be aware by now of the Government’s decision to stop all examinations, GCSEs included, from taking place this year owing to the COVID 19 outbreak.


Staff have been very busy setting work for our students to ensure that they can continue to make progress during school closures and where work has been completed, full marking and feedback has been provided. Our teachers are on hand during school hours, every day.


Now, more than ever before, it is vital for our Year 11s to be doing the set work as it seems that the GCSEs will be awarded based on teacher assessment only. If students are not happy with their teacher assessment they can choose to sit their GCSE exam in the next academic year.


What this means is that the more work we have from your child during the closure, the more chance we have of providing the evidence needed to secure their predicted grades. We know this will be a rigorous process when it happens, so it is critical that you check on your child daily to ensure that they are completing work and submitting it by email to the teaching staff.


Currently, a number of students have not submitted any work and teachers will be making contact with you.

Our Year 11 students have worked incredibly hard up to this point and it would be devastating if they do not achieve their potential grade.


I would like to reassure you that we are available from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily for any questions you may have regarding learning needs and any concerns you may have otherwise.


The Merit phone number now redirects to the phones of the Senior Leadership team and you can get in touch in school hours if you want to discuss anything with us in more detail.


School will be open to some students on Wednesday 1st April, 2020 onwards and I will contact individual families with the arrangements prior to this date.


Mel James