Dear Parents/Carers of Year 11 students
As you are all aware now there will not be GCSE exams this summer. As Mr Slinger mentioned is his email earlier today the expectation for all Year 11 students currently is that they continue to complete any outstanding coursework, portfolios and mocks that they are directed to do so by their teachers via GoogleClassroom. When we receive further guidance from the government about how the GCSE grades will be calculated we will of course write to you to inform you of this.
However, some students may be keen to sit their GCSE exams in the next academic year and I would like to reassure all students who study here at Holyrood Sixth Form from September that this will be a possibility for them if they so wish, and we will put in place the necessary support to see them achieve the best they possibly can. This is not an expectation but we understand for many students that this is an opportunity they would like.Please see the link below if you interested in what government guidance the academy has been provided with to date:
For all Year 11 students who attended Holyrood Academy, we will guarantee you a place either in our Sixth Form or through our Yeovil College partnership, so please be reassured there is a course ready for you come September. If you have had an interview and a conditional acceptance letter this is now an unconditional place. For those who have interviews scheduled over the next two weeks, please be reassured that I will complete these as phone interviews to ensure that you have all your questions answered and that we have the exact provisions in place in September that you may need. For any students who are yet to apply we welcome your applications which can be downloaded from the website and emailed to FChallis@educ.somerset.gov.uk
After the Easter holidays we will circulate relevant bridging work for students to support them with the transition from GCSE to A' Level, this will all be accessible from our website and I shall write to inform you when this is available. This will not be onerous but enriching and should ensure that all students start with the necessary foundation core knowledge to access their courses successfully.
I was incredibly impressed with the maturity displayed by the students over the last week and look forward to welcoming them into our Sixth Form in September.
If you should have any queries in the mean time, please do contact me.
Head of Holyrood Sixth Form