20th May 2020
Re: Year 11 Update
Firstly, I hope you and your families are well during these uncertain times. This is a ‘keeping in touch letter’ to assure you that even though Year 11 have not been in school since March 20th (school closure day) they are very much at the front of our minds. Friday 22nd May would have been their last official day in school due to half-term followed by study leave commencing on June 1st. Therefore, this is an opportune time to keep you updated and reassure you that we are here for support, if required.
As you know, the Welsh Government took the decision, in March, to cancel all examinations for summer 2020. Qualifications Wales are working with Welsh Government, WJEC and other UK regulators to ensure that pupils will be awarded a ‘fair grade’ to recognise their work. Schools, colleges and other exam centres will be asked to submit centre assessment grades, together with a rank order of pupils to enable fair awards of GCSE and Skills Challenge Certificate qualifications. Centre assessed grades will consider the performance of each pupil over the course of study and colleagues are working collaboratively to award a realistic and fair grade. Please do not contact individual teachers in relation to grade calculations. This process is confidential, and we will not be able to discuss grades with pupils or parents/carers.
You can view the most recent guidance and frequently asked questions from Qualifications Wales using the link below: https://www.qualificationswales.org/english/coronavirus—covid-19/information-for-centres/
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. Due to social distancing the distribution of the results is likely to be different this year, we shall keep you informed when plans are in place.
The Year 11 Prom was 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. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic this has been cancelled. We may be able to rearrange the event when it becomes safe to do so. However, as I am sure you will know by now, this may not be possible for many months.
Colleagues have asked me to pass on their best wishes to you and your child. As a cohort they have been a pleasure to work alongside for 5 years and shall be missed. It has been rewarding to support such a diverse, pleasant and talented group of pupils. Applying the values and behaviours encouraged at Pontarddulais, such as resilience and having a growth mind-set, will help them through these unusual times and for the rest of their lives.
The patience and understanding of parents, carers and pupils is greatly appreciated. We are committed to continuing to support you, and your child, therefore please remember you can still contact the school via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone the school (8am-5pm Monday to Friday). I hope you and your families are in good health. I thank you for your continued support at this uncertain time.
Mr. G. Rees