Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
The VI Form hope that you and your families are safe and healthy and coping with life in lockdown. We appreciate how challenging it can be for students to maintain routines at a time when there is no structure; weekends, week days and holidays seem to have become one and the same thing. However, we are very proud of the continued dedication of our students towards their qualifications despite all of additional challenges they face.
Following further guidance from the government we would like to provide an update.
The engagement with remote learning in Year 12 has been amazing so far. Lessons will continue in accordance with student timetables and teacher support will be available. Student timetables can be accessed through class charts. Students are encouraged to login during lesson time where possible and ensure work is completed either during the lesson or before the next lesson. Teachers and the VI Form team will continue to make contact to support with the completion of work.
Milestone 2 Assessment
During the week beginning Monday 27th April the milestone 2 assessments were due to take place. As communicated previously, these have been postponed and will now take place during the second week back when the school reopens.
To fully support students with milestone 2, teachers of the subjects stated below will be setting milestone 2 preparation assessments remotely during specified lessons between Monday 4th May and Friday 15th May. These assessments will test the same content taught prior to the school closure and students were provided with materials before Easter that they can use to revise. Teachers will use these preparation assessments to plan lessons on any identified class and individual area of weakness. These subjects will then move on to A2 content.
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Lang & Lit, English Literature, Food, French, Further Maths, Geography, History, Maths, Media, Physics, Product Design, Psychology, RPE, Sociology and Spanish.
To support the transition from Year 12 into Year 13 a progression day will still take place when school reopens. This follows on from Milestone 2 assessments and we meet with all students to discuss their progress and to review Year 13 coursing. More information on this will follow when we are able to confirm a safe process and date.
Extended project qualification lessons continue as normal and due to the independence required with this qualification the deadline for completion will remain at the end of Year 12. Students should contact their supervisors via email or through Google Classroom if they require support.
Core Maths and GCSE Resits
As stated previously, for Year 12 students entered for Core Maths, GCSE Maths resit or GCSE English resit a predicted grade will be calculated. The government guidance can be found using 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.
Applied General and all other Level 3 Courses
Year 12 students studying these courses will be certificated for their Year 12 work and results can be collected on results day. Newly shared exam board guidance states that teachers will be making grade predictions for certificated subjects based on all the evidence currently available. This includes any examined and non-examined units plus other factors in line with the guidance for A Level grade predictions shared above. Students studying these courses are now working on Year 13 coursework remotely unless they are completing a double award for which they will be completing Year 12 double coursework units.
Year 12 Results Day is on Thursday 13th August and students will be able to collect their results from the VI Form between 11am and noon. Students and parents will have an opportunity to discuss the results. GCSE English and Maths resit exam results will be available for collection on Thursday 20th August. Students who wish to have their results collected by someone else must provide a signed letter giving consent for a named person to do so. The named person must bring identification and a copy of the letter with them on Results Day.
Despite the lockdown, we are still here to support students in preparing to progress to university. Each week we will be putting out activities to help students build their personal statements using Unifrog. Students should join one of the following Google Classrooms to access support and guidance on applying to university.
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*Early applicants are VI Form students wishing to apply for Oxford/Cambridge University or to be a Doctor, Dentist or Vet.
Unfortunately, we have taken the decision to cancel the Summer Ball which was scheduled for July. We will be seeking to arrange an alternative when the current crisis is resolved. Any payments that have been made will be refunded.
If you need to speak to the pastoral care team, please do not hesitate to contact us on VIFormEnquiries@cambornescience.co.uk or John Ross on firstname.lastname@example.org. The VI Form direct telephone number is not being monitored for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis so please call the main switchboard on 01209 712280 if you need to talk to someone urgently.
Please check the main school website and the VI Form Facebook page for updates.