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Letter to parents - Year 11 and Year 13 02/04/2020

Dear parents and carers,
I hope you are all well and are coping during these challenging times. One aspect of my role is to ensure the integrity of our data and examinations at St Saviour’s and Saviour’s, so I am contacting you with an update on this year’s extraordinary circumstances. 
As you are aware, the government announced last month that they were cancelling all examinations that students were due to sit this summer. Following that announcement, we have received further guidance. Schools have now been advised against setting exam related work for students to do at home. In addition, we have been informed that students are no longer required to continue to work on any outstanding controlled assessments and other non-examined assessments; instead students should, where possible, submit whatever work they have completed in its current state. This advice is based on the fact that students across the country will be in such a huge variety of situations that it is not fair to compare anything they are currently able to do. 
I appreciate that this advice may cause some concern for your daughter, especially because some of her subjects will have controlled assessment and other non-examined assessment components. I also appreciate that students may have anxiety about submitting incomplete work. Please however rest assured in the knowledge that your daughter will not be penalised for submitting incomplete controlled assessment and other non-examined assessments, especially if the submission deadline was after the school closure. Our intention as a school is to view partially completed work in a way that acknowledges the mark the student would have likely achieved if they had been given the opportunity to complete this work.
At present, we are still awaiting further guidance about the ‘calculated grades’, but what we do know is that controlled assessments and other non-examined assessments cannot be completed by students at home and any examinations that students may wish to sit if they are unhappy with their ‘calculated grades’ will take place in 2021.
Although teachers will no longer require your daughter to complete practice mock exams, controlled assessments and other non-examined assessments, they will be setting subject specific tasks your daughter can do at home to deepen and broaden her understanding of the subjects that she has been studying. These tasks will hopefully foster a sense of enjoyment and promote the love of learning in the given subject. 
In order that our Year 11 students are as prepared as possible for next year and beginning their A Level courses, teachers will also be working hard to ensure that students have rigorous preparation work sent to them from the Heads of the relevant departments. Your daughter should receive separate emails for each of those subjects this week from a member of the Sixth Form team. Our aim is that she will receive all of this work by the end of this week. If she has any queries about this she should contact:
Ms H Kennedy – Director of Learning Sixth Form hkennedy@ssso.southwark.sch.uk 
Mrs J Morrison – Sixth Form Administrator jmorrison@ssso.southwark.sch.uk

Take care and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Ms Michelle Ferguson
Deputy Headteacher (Data and Examinations)