Year 12 Update

Dear Year 12 Parent / Carer

I hope you and your families are safe and well. I am writing to let you know that following recent government announcements based on scientific advice, we will be inviting year 12 back into college on a rolling programme as from Friday 26th June. This will be very much a partial re-integration of 6th form students back into the building, as we have to work within government guidance and can only have a quarter of a cohort in the building on any one day. All year 12 students will shortly be given a date when their tutor group will be invited to come in, in this session they will cover wellbeing issues, the measures we have put in place in the building to keep them safe and personal statement support. These sessions will be delivered by form tutors, experienced 6th form staff and members of the 6th form leadership team. Further details will be sent out to all year 12 students directly in the coming weeks and will be covered in the fortnightly 6th form newsletter.

In addition to this, as from 29th June, a selected group of year 12 students, chosen by the 6thform team, will be invited to come into school for some face to face sessions, supervised study and support. These will be morning sessions only and will run for the last three weeks of term. Again selected students will be contacted directly in the coming weeks with further details on these sessions.

For the overwhelming majority of year 12 students they will have a very limited time in college before the end of term, the vast majority of their learning will be completed remotely as now. I know that so many of our 6th form students have engaged brilliantly with this. The number of ‘live lessons’ will be gradually increasing and can I ask you to do all you can, to ensure your son / daughter attends those sessions that are specified as ‘live lessons’. I know many parents / carers would like more face to face lessons and teacher contact in school and I understand your views on this. However, we are limited by regulations and how many people can be in the building at any one time.

Please be reassured that for all these sessions when students are in the building, we will be following all government advice when it comes to health and safety, including social distancing. The wellbeing of our students is our number one priority.

We are really looking forward to welcoming back our 6th form students and restoring some form of ‘normality’ for us all. We understand that some of them (and you) might be feeling a little anxious about returning, that is to be expected and we will cover these feelings in their session with their tutor groups. However, I think we all agree that the longer our young people are out of school the harder it will for them to return and they will benefit hugely from being in college again. 

Many thanks

Richard Middlebrook

Executive Headteacher

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