College Update

College Update

As we approach the end of the second week of school closures, and the first week of the Easter holidays, we continue to live in a period of great uncertainty. When I watch the government’s daily briefings and updates on the coronavirus, and measures being taken to support frontline workers, businesses and employees, it is difficult to comprehend the sheer scale of the situation and the way it has impacted on each and every one of our lives.

I am very grateful to all my staff for their continued support, whether it be staffing the skeleton school, providing online support to our students or maintaining the essential back office functions. I have also been very impressed in the way our students have adapted to remote learning and engaged in the provisions that have been put in place by their teachers.
We fully understand the anxiety and concerns our Year 11 and 13 students will be experiencing at this time in respect of their exam grades. The long awaited announcement from Ofqual with regard to the cancellation of the summer’s examinations should be published today. We hope to be able to share this information, and circulate further guidance to our students, in the near future. 

Today is the last day the ‘skeleton school’, set up for our students of key workers and those identified as vulnerable, will be based in the Sixth Form. As of Monday 6th April this provision will be relocated to Carbeile Junior School where our students will continue to be supported by College staff.
Please note that information has been sent out this week on a remote pastoral programme that has been developed by Mrs Howard and Mrs Lockett to further support our students. This is a programme to reduce the volume of remote academic work set for children and to balance this with pastoral activities themed around health and wellbeing. The first activity has a focus on moments of happiness.   

Finally, thank you for your continued support as parents. We appreciate the additional pressures that have been placed on you in having your children at home and their need to adapt to new routines and ways of learning. Please stay safe and keep well.

Dr Jeremy Plumb