Year 11 Students - Your Next Steps
Dear Year 11 Student,
Firstly, I would like to thank you for your patience and resilience during the last week, you have all been amazing and we are very proud of you. We recognise how challenging it has been for you, with such uncertainty about your examinations, as well as having to say ‘goodbye’ to your friends and teachers at such short notice. It has been an emotional rollercoaster.
The government has now made clear that there will be no GCSE examinations this year. I know that you will be disappointed not to be able to sit the exams that you and your teachers have been working towards with such determination. However, I want to reassure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that you are awarded the grades that you deserve.
Predicted grades from your teachers will be submitted to the exam boards and, in many cases, will be accepted and certificated without additional evidence needing to be provided. However, in cases where the exam boards think that a grade looks inaccurate because it is not in line with other performance nationally or different to your grades in other subjects, they may not award the grade without additional evidence from the academy. For this reason, it is important that you continue to work closely with your teachers and complete the work that they set.
Now more than ever, it is important that we continue to plan your next steps. Before Easter, you will receive a phone call from a member of the Leadership Team to discuss your plans for further study next year.
For the many of you who have already applied to join Harris Garrard Sixth Form, you will have recently received your provisional offer letter. Please return the acceptance reply slip via post or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. We will then use your teachers’ predicted grades to provisionally accept you onto the courses that you have chosen. After Easter, you will be set up as a class group in Microsoft Teams and begin studying a preparatory course in each subject to prepare you for entry into Year 12. We think it will be more meaningful for you to begin preparing for sixth form study, rather than completing GCSE revision, at this point. We will review your choices with you in the middle of July, to ensure we are happy and you are happy that the correct choices have been made.
If you still wish to apply for Harris Garrard Sixth Form but have not yet done so, discuss this with a member of the Leadership Team when they telephone you, or email Ms Harrowell directly.
For the next few weeks, look to the future and carefully consider your future options. Think about which courses you want to study and what your potential career paths may be. There is lots of information available on the Harris Federation careers education website: https://www.harriscareerseducation.org.uk/. You can find our more information about our Sixth Form at www.harrisgarrard.org.uk.
The next few months will undoubtedly be challenging. However, they also present a great opportunity for you to get ahead in your studies and give yourself the best possible chance of success in your next step.
Mr. D Smith
Head of Academy