Following the letter sent earlier this week, regarding proposals for Year 11, we have been listening to your feedback. It is clear that there is a wide range of views and there is not an ideal solution which will satisfy everyone. What we do know is that in our local area the rates of COVID-19 are particularly high, and therefore we cannot rule out the possibility that more families will test positive for the virus and some students will need to self-isolate. This causes disruption to students’ learning and teachers’ plans for teaching.
Our immediate concern is to protect the Year 11 Pre-Public Examinations which take place from Friday 27th November to Friday 11th December. Already, we are well aware that the preparation for these exams has been affected for some students by the need to self-isolate for periods since the beginning of September. The aim is to minimise the risk of disruption during the exams themselves.
Having reflected on our proposal we have decided to modify the plan. Next week Year 11 students will attend school as normal, receiving their timetabled lessons in school. However, once the examinations start, students will only be expected in school when they have an examination. At other times, they will receive live lessons according to their timetable. For those students who have both morning and afternoon exams, they will remain in school and attend their timetabled lesson for period 3.
Our intention is to provide students with continuity in their studies and to reduce, as much as possible, the risk of spreading the virus between students during the examination period. There will be further information about the last week of term, but at present this is planned to be a normal school week.
The current situation is deeply unfair for our students, especially because schools in different parts of the country are not experiencing the same disruption. We are making our concerns clear to the relevant authorities and parents have asked how they can support us. With this in mind, accompanying this email are two letter templates which can be sent to Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Education) and Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester).
Thank you for your continued support in these most difficult of times.
Mrs J Lowe