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1.00pm - 23/03/2020 Information for Year 11 and 13

Dear Year 11 and 13 students and parents/carers 

At this time of uncertainty and upheaval we are enormously grateful for the support that has been shown by students, parents, carers and staff at St Bede’s. We are committed to helping those who should have sat exams this summer in ensuring that they are not disadvantaged as a result of the disruption that has been caused.

We strongly encourage everyone to look at the guidance published by the Department for Education on Friday which can be found via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

The situation is obviously developing rapidly but, as of now, this is all we know for sure; anything else is speculation which may very well be unhelpful. We strongly encourage everyone concerned only to rely on information directly from the government, exam boards or senior staff at St Bede’s. Rest assured that we will share information as soon as we get it. We do know that students will get a ‘calculated grade’ which will take into account teachers’ assessment of the grades students would have been likely to achieve as well as other factors such as prior attainment.

As the nation adjusts to life while dealing with this unprecedented challenge we would encourage those in Years 11 and 13 to do the following:

  • Keep working. Apart from the various benefits of maintaining a routine, it is possible that work set by teachers in the coming days and weeks will help them when they give their input into your calculated grades. Although we are waiting for detailed guidance on how the process will work we do know that teachers are going to be asked to use a range of sources when determining students’ likely final grade. We would ask you not to contact staff to discuss teacher assessment and how that will work. We simply do not know at this point and, although we understand you will be anxious, we cannot tell you what this will be based on until further guidance is issued. 

  • Complete coursework as this is likely to be factored into calculated grades.

  • Keep in touch. Although the vast majority of students are now working from home, staff, including Mrs Tottey, Mrs Wood and Mr Saunders, are checking emails regularly and keen to help.

In addition to the above, Mrs Tottey will be issuing information about university applications and UCAS as and when she receives it.

Above all else, please try to ensure that you are doing all you can to stay healthy and well; know that you and your families are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

Mr Adam Saunders
Assistant Headteacher
Head of Key Stage 4