Coronavirus Update – 24/03/2020

Tuesday 24/03/2020.

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding at this difficult time. I am writing to update you about examination accreditation proposals and free school meals provision.  

GCSE, A-Level and other examinations.

As you will be aware, The Department for Education has cancelled assessments and examinations for this academic year.  I want to ensure that you are fully informed about the current situation, what we know and, importantly, what we don’t know yet.  

In summary,  students will be awarded grades using a method that triangulates teacher assessment  with performance in PPEs/summative assessments and recorded incremental progress over the duration of their examination courses. It is not the intention of any organisation to cause any disadvantage to any student. Students’ eventual grades will carry equal weight with previously examined cohorts’ grades in terms of progression pathways into Post 16 and Post 18 routes.

Free School Meals

The Government has confirmed that they are ‘developing a national approach to providing support through supermarket and shop vouchers [and] will provide further details shortly’.  In the meantime we are sending food out to relevant families on two routes, as already notified to you. Tomorrow, we intend to send out food parcels that will last for the remainder of the week, again via the two published routes. From then on we will be sending a food parcel once a week. You can opt to collect this from the school site if you prefer. A survey is being sent to parents who are in receipt of free school meals to avoid us wasting resources driving meals to places where they are not wanted. 

Communicating with the school

We are currently unable to ensure that the main reception and the switchboard are attended at all times. Please, therefore send any communication in via the office email address; 

Please send any queries about IT and online learning to 

If you have any further concerns that you feel we may be able to help with, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Please do adhere to the instructions given by the Prime Minister yesterday. Only send your children to school if you are a key worker and have no reasonable alternative. This is to keep everyone safe in this troubling time .


Sarah Jones