Dear Year 11 students,
Following the announcement from the government on Wednesday evening regarding the closure of schools indefinitely, and the cancellation of your GCSE examinations and assessments, I am aware that many of you will be feeling confused and in shock. I hope that in this letter I will be able to address some of these concerns and worries.
Although we do not yet have all the answers, we are able to confirm that the summer examinations have been cancelled. The government has assured schools that you will not be disadvantaged and we are awaiting news on how your final grades will be decided. Exactly how students will be awarded grades is currently unknown and the key message is that students should hold on to all coursework, and any other additional work that they have at home, as this may yet still be required. Ofqual has issued a statement saying that it is 'now working urgently with the DfE to provide more information as soon as possible'. As soon as we have more information about this we will communicate it to you via email and through the school website.
I’m sure that many of you will have questions about will happen next year regarding your post-16 options. Whilst we are now in uncertain times, please know that the staff at Sir John Hunt will be working tirelessly to secure your place or preferred post-16 course. As a College we will be working to answer these questions for you as soon as we are able to and in the coming weeks you will receive more information from the Sixth Form team.
You may well be, as many of the staff are, surprised and saddened that your time in Year 11 has not happened in the way which you had hoped for or planned. As the situation is changing daily, we are unable to confirm any celebration events or gatherings at this moment, but as soon as we are able to safely do this we will arrange a celebration of your achievements and the end of your time in Year 11.
I know that so many of you have worked so very hard during this year, and as a staff we are proud of how you have approached Year 11 with maturity and dedication, and the amount of effort and hard work you have put in. All of what you have achieved over the last five years will stand you in good stead for the future – your efforts have not been wasted. Please be proud of how you have worked and what you have achieved, the friends you have made and the memories you have of your time here in College.
As soon as we have further information relating to your qualifications and the decisions made by the government, we will pass these on to you. Please continue to check the College website for updates in the coming days.
Please stay safe and be sure to contact us if you have any needs, questions or concerns.