Update for Parents, Guardians and Students – 2nd February 2021

I hope that you and your families are all safe and well.  As we move into February, I thought that it would be useful to provide you with an update.

Last week, the Government announced that it will not be possible to resume face-to-face learning immediately after the February half-term and instead hopes it will be safe to commence the re-opening of schools and colleges from Monday 8th March. This is in response to the national public health data and pressure on NHS capacity. It has also stated that education settings as well as students, parents and carers will be given at least two weeks’ notice to prepare for a return to face-to-face education. The College will remain open to vulnerable students after February half-term as it is now.

As you may be aware, Ofqual launched a consultation about how GCSE and A Level qualifications, as well as vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) would be assessed this summer. This consultation has now closed and we will not know the outcome for some time, although the documentation does give an indication of what the Department for Education are currently thinking. The documents for GCSE can be found here and those for vocational qualifications can be found here.

The College recognises that many of you are keen to know how your child is to be assessed this year and we will inform you as soon as the methodology has been confirmed. In the meantime however, we need to ensure that students attend all lessons, continue to work hard and submit all of their assignments on time and to the best of their ability. The College is continuing to work hard to ensure that every student who does not have IT access is issued with a college laptop. If you have not already informed a member of teaching staff or Progress Coach then please do so.

Finally, I would like to congratulate all of our students who took their GCSE Maths and English exams in November and who have recently received their results. Many of you improved your grade from last summer with a large number achieving a grade 4 or above. Well done to all of you on this fantastic achievement!

Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times. Please can I ask that you continue to check the website and social media for any further updates.


With best wishes

Lucy Reed

Vice Principal: Curriculum and Quality