Year 11 Coronavirus update

20th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

You will be aware of the impact of COVID-19 on education in Wales. As you will be aware by now, the school will be closing to all Year 11 pupils on Friday 20th March at 3.00 pm for the foreseeable future. However, from Monday the school is being repurposed to care for pupils of key workers in younger cohorts.

The Welsh Government has had to take the decision to cancel all examinations for summer 2020 given that there can be no guarantee for when exam centres will be able to re-open and conduct examinations safely and securely. We fully understand that Year 11 pupils are naturally disappointed and upset by this decision, after devoting a great deal of time and effort into their preparations.

Qualifications Wales will be working with Welsh Government, WJEC and other UK regulators to ensure that pupils due to sit GCSE examinations will be awarded a ‘fair grade’ to recognise their work. At this time we are unsure what specific evidence will be used to inform a ‘fair grade’. It is our understanding that pupils will be issued with GCSE results on Thursday 20th August as originally planned. If anything changes, we will notify you through the usual channels.

The Year 11 Prom is due to take place on Thursday 18th June at Oldwalls, Gower. We understand that this is an event that many pupils and staff look forward to. Given the current national picture, it is unclear whether the event will be able to go ahead on this date. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will follow any advice given by the relevant authorities regarding group events. We would suggest that parents/carers do not incur any avoidable expense in the event of the Prom having to be cancelled. As the national picture becomes clearer, we will make a decision about the Year 11 Prom. In the meantime, we respectfully suggest that you do not purchase outfits or incur any other non- refundable expenses until there is greater certainty. If the Prom is unable to go ahead on the planned date we hope to rearrange the event in the summer or when it becomes safe to do so.

The patience and understanding of parents, carers and pupils is greatly appreciated. I wish you and your families all the very best and I thank you for your continued support at this uncertain time.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. G. Rees Headteacher