14 April 2020
It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that due to the current climate and the uncertainty moving forward that the Year 11 Prom for 2020 has now been cancelled.
I am hoping to be able to arrange some sort of leaving celebration for the Year Group and yourselves in the future, possibly around Results Day. I, like yourselves feel strongly that the Year Group should have some form of celebration together to mark the end of their time at HTC, as well as giving them something positive to look forward to. Due to the uncertainty of the future and arranging any form of large gathering I am not able to say what this would look like yet or even if we would definitely be able to go ahead with this idea. However please be assured that we will do everything within our power to ensure they receive a good send off.
As stated in my letter last week, the staff at HTC were left very upset and saddened when we heard the news that the final GCSE exams were cancelled, so I am sure they will also relish the opportunity to say goodbye and good luck in person to their students that they worked so tirelessly with over their time here. From the many emails I have had from Year 11 students I also know that they would like the opportunity to say goodbye to the staff who have supported them over their five years here at HTC.
I will be in contact about returning any money to you as soon as I am able to, as well as keeping you all informed of further news regarding GCSEs, qualifications and any other Year 11 related issues. Please keep an eye on Class Charts as well as the College website for further information.
Until I am able to thank you in person, please receive my grateful thanks for the support that many of you have provided me with over the past four years that I have had the pleasure of leading the Year Group for. I have been extremely proud of the Year Group throughout their time here for many reasons and they have proven themselves to be a fantastic cohort with a good work ethic and positive attitude. This along with your support from home will mean that they all get the GCSE results that they truly deserve. Please once again pass on to your child my message and thanks to them.
Miss Sarah Wood
Information for Year 11 students Information for Year 10 students OFQUAL Announcement re Exams
3 April 2020
Dear Year 11
I hope that you are all safe, well and doing your bit by not going out, to help get rid of this horrid virus.
As we approach the end of our second week of a new ‘normal’ your Teachers are telling me that they have seen some great examples of students completing the tasks they have been set despite being in Year 11.
At the time of writing, it is not at all clear how the Government will navigate awarding grades to Year 11 students, although they have been unequivocal in stating that all GCSE examinations this year have been cancelled. The Government or more specifically the Department for Education (DfE) will ‘ensure GCSE students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in’. They have also said that Ofqual ‘will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible.’
As Teachers, we are being asked by the DfE to take into account a range of evidence and data (including mock results and non-examined assessments) in order to award these ‘calculated grades’. As of yet there is no guidance about the coursework or non-examined assessments (NEAs) and how this will work. Exam boards may ask for the coursework or NEAs to help them with their final grading. It has come to our attention that some students have not yet sent coursework or essential evidence work to their Teachers that will inform decisions on grades. This work will have been set via Class Charts and can be viewed in the parent and pupil app. Please give this your urgent attention.
During our last assembly I reminded you of the importance of continuing to keep learning and that for those of you who do not gain a 4 in English and Maths you will need to resit these once at College so it is important that you keep learning, in these subjects if nothing else. In these strange times it is important we still have a structure to our day and have things to focus on, learning is a great way to do this. I shared the website www.futurelearn.com with the year group, it provides a wealth of online learning courses that you can use to help prepare you for your future college courses or look at subjects that simply interest you. You can gain accreditations through completing courses and can even study up to degree level if wanted. All Year 11 still also have access to Firefly, SAM Learning, Seneca and Doddle to help you keep learning.
At this time, I would usually be busy chasing up students who have not yet made applications to Colleges, Further Education and Apprenticeships. Please can you check you have made your applications. The Colleges are saying that they are able hold telephone and video interviews in place of the normal face to face interviews, therefore it is important that you have made applications for September.
Lastly, just to let you all know that I am still thinking about you and your time here at HTC:
“Please remember: just because there are now no exams, it doesn’t mean that it was all for nothing. We learned, we laughed, and we lived. The things you learned in your English lessons and across the curriculum will shape your thoughts and ideologies, and who you are as a person. They will make you truly human.
The future is uncertain, but the same dreams you dreamed until now will still be relevant and achievable for you after this whole nightmare is over. I believe in you, and this will all work out in the end – although we know the uncertainty and confusion is scary right now.
No doubt you are still all mourning the cancelling of your exciting last few weeks as secondary-school students. It’s unfair that you have been robbed of the shirt and yearbook signings, and off all the other end of school rituals that usually take place.
Like you, we have also been robbed: of witnessing the culmination of your growth over the last five years, and waving you off at the gates as you head into your exciting futures. Each year, we look forward to results day: to watching so many students’ delight when they open their envelopes. In addition, we hope that we can offer encouraging words to those who are disappointed. As yet we still do not know what form this will take this year.
So please, stay home and stay safe. And know that, whatever happens, we will weather this storm together. I am proud of you – exam results or not.”
As mentioned previously as we receive further guidance from the government and DFE we will communicate this to you.
Miss S Wood