Parent / Carer – Letters

Exam Cancellation Letter – 6th January 2021

Dear Parent / Carer,

We have been informed by the DfE yesterday evening (5th January) that all January external exams are now optional.  After consultation with many other colleges and receipt of information from exam boards, given the current circumstances of the national lockdown we have reluctantly decided to cancel all our exams  from 7th  January  and any exams that have been completed will be submitted.

The exam boards state that students who are unable to take their assessment this January may be able to take their assessment at a later date. If that is not possible, they will put in place arrangements to ensure no student is disadvantaged, but this process is still to be decided.

We will keep students informed of any development via their college email address.

We all hoped this would not happen again but will get through this together. It is understandable that you will be feeling anxious but please be assured that we are very well prepared to continue to deliver high quality remote learning for all our students up to the February half term.

In the meantime, I would like to emphasise that your teachers and College staff are here for you and will address any queries you may have about your academic progress and well-being. Please do contact your House Monitor/Personal Tutor if you have any questions. 

We look forward to welcoming all our students and staff back to college once this situation has passed. In the meantime, look after yourselves and follow the government advice to ‘stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.’

Stay safe and well.

Kind regards

 

 

M Ramzan
Transition Principal & CAO


 

Parent / Carer Remote Learning Update – 5th January 2021

Dear Parent / Carer,

Further to the  announcement from the Prime Minister about the implementation of a national lockdown, the College will move to remote learning until at least February half term for all students (except for those who are vulnerable and those who have a key worker parent). With regards to exams, the Prime Minister said, “it is not possible or fair for all exams to go ahead this summer as normal. The Education Secretary will work with Ofqual to put in place alternative arrangements”.   January exams over the next few days and weeks are still going ahead as scheduled.

The Secretary of State for Education is due to make an announcement over the coming days on plans for examinations, and I will update  on this when more detail is known In the meantime, we remain focussed on keeping our students engaged during remote learning  in order to prepare most effectively for their next steps, irrespective of examinations.

Students who are studying remotely will access the lessons via Microsoft Teams. Teachers will send links to each lesson (the links can be accessed via the calendar on Microsoft Teams). All students have been taught how to access lessons in this way. Students should access Microsoft Teams from home as soon as possible if they haven’t done so already. They must have device speakers or headphones, so they can hear the lesson. Students can use a smartphone with the Teams app if a laptop, tablet, or PC is not available. If students are having problems, they should contact the helpdesk which can be reached by clicking on the Support tile on the intranet page in the Student Portal Team.

All students will be following the normal timetable regardless of face to face or remote learning. This model will be in place up to the February half term in accordance with Government guidance. I will update you if government plans change. I attach a letter that has been sent to all students for your information.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s House Monitor or the subject teacher.

Thank you for your support,

 

 

M Ramzan

Transition Principal & CAO