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Dear Parents and Guardians

 

Yesterday, the government announced that schools will be closed from Monday until further notice and that the GCSE exams, scheduled for this summer, will be cancelled. Today, students have come into college confused, anxious about the future and in most cases, very disappointed. My staff feel the same as I am sure you do too. We have all invested so much into their education and we just don’t want them to feel short changed by it.

 

First thing today, my Senior Leadership Team and I spoke to all year 11 tutor groups to give them the following key messages, some of which do require us to provide more details later:

 

  • Students will still get qualifications this year.
  • We don’t yet know how the grading of these qualifications will be decided.
  • We know that GCSE exams won’t determine their grades – these have been cancelled.
  • Year 11 teachers will continue to deliver lessons as normal, today and tomorrow, and will continue to set work for the next 2 weeks. The portfolio of work that students have from working towards their GCSEs could well be used to help determine grades. Therefore, they need to continue to build this portfolio up.
  • For this reason, we are also continuing with the PE and Drama moderations, planned for today and tomorrow.
  • Year 11 work is not just important for getting qualifications; it is also crucial in preparing students for their courses next year. The year 12 courses have been designed to build upon what students have studied in year 11 and will assume students know this work. If students stop work now, they will be ill prepared for the next stage of their education. They cannot afford to have a 5 month gap in their education.
  • Therefore, we will be in contact with our Post 16 providers to find out what your child can do to support their new learning in September. We will look to set this work for them in the months ahead.
  • It is too early to say whether the Prom can go ahead or not. If it is cancelled, we will try to provide a later opportunity for students to wear their prom clothes and to have a proper social function of some sort. I know this sounds vague at present but this is because we just don’t know how the current crisis will play out.
  • It is possible that if the crisis continues for the next 4 months, Yr11 students do not get the chance to be altogether in college again. We will therefore be having a special assembly for them tomorrow during period 5. Students are invited to take photos tomorrow and to bring in spare shirts for their friends and teachers to sign.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to allow students who are currently self-isolating to attend the assembly tomorrow – in line with the guidance from Public Health England. However, we are happy for students to face time it through a friend who is there.
  • However, even if tomorrow is the last day for year 11, I want them to know they remain Wyvern students until August; my staff and I are still here for them.

 

For the next two weeks until the Easter break, there will be drop in sessions for students to access advice and guidance on careers and wellbeing with Mrs Gott, Mrs Bruce and Mrs Foster. These sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and 1pm in the library. This will also be an opportunity for girls to collect emergency sanitary products too – the shops are running out.

 

If any year 11 students would like to drop in for careers or wellbeing advice, it would help if they could email us first to let us know: somebodycares@wyvern.hants.sch.uk  Mrs Bruce will also be sending a weekly Post-16 email to year 11 students with practical things they can do to prepare for September.

I will continue to update you with further developments,

With best wishes to you all,

 

Mr Rule

 

 

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Wyvern College
Botley Road
Fair Oak
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 7AN

 

Tel: 023 80692679

Fax: 023 80603215

Email: enquiries@wyvern.hants.sch.uk

 

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