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Cookstown High School, Cookstown

Guidance for all students who were due to sit examinations this year

1st Apr 2020

Since the announcement that examinations will not take place this summer there has been much uncertainty and anxiety amongst students, parents and staff about how grades will be awarded and what they should do at home in the coming months. We continue to wait for clarification from the government and the examination providers about exactly how grades will be awarded, but the following information has been recently shared with schools and should be followed in the meantime.

for students in Year 11

Year 11 modules will not take place this summer, due to the impact school closure will have on learning and teaching time over your 2 year course it is vital that you continue to engage with the work provided by your teachers in paper form or online so that the impact of lost time is minimised.

for students in Year 12

Final GCSE examinations will not take place this summer, CCEA have advised all students and staff that work on controlled assessment should cease. Advice from CCEA and the school is that students should continue to work on the completion of their courses via resources supplied in paper form or online. This is vital for students who hope to return to school, progress to further education, training or employment. There has been some discussion surrounding the possibility of providing students with the option to sit a real exam at a later stage, although this is yet to be confirmed, this also highlights the importance of students completing their courses as best they can under the circumstances. CCEA have not yet provided details about the means by which grades will be awarded this year. We will pass this information on when it becomes available.

BTEC have indicated that students studying these subjects should continue with assessments, further details on how these are to be assessed are to be provided to schools and again we will pass this information on when it becomes available.

for students in Year 13

AS exams will not take place this summer. It is unclear at the moment whether these will take place at a later stage or assessment will be at the end of the two year course. Due to the impact school closure will have on learning and teaching time over your 2 year course it is vital that you continue to engage with the work provided by your teachers in paper form or online so that the impact of lost time is minimised. How the UCAS process will be impacted by AS grades being unavailable is also unclear at this time.

BTEC have indicated that students studying these subjects should continue with assessments, further details on how these are to be assessed are to be provided to schools and again we will pass this information on when it becomes available.

for students in Year 14

A2 exams will not take place this summer. CCEA have advised all students and staff that work on controlled assessment should cease. Advice from CCEA and the school is that students should continue to work on the completion of their courses via resources supplied in paper form or online. This is vital for students who hope to progress to higher education, further education or employment. There has been some discussion surrounding the possibility of providing students with the option to sit a real exam at a later stage, although this is yet to be confirmed, this also highlights the importance of students completing their courses as best they can under the circumstances. CCEA have not yet provided details about the means by which grades will be awarded this year. We will pass this information on when it becomes available. The impact on University entries remains unclear with further information to follow.

Cookstown High School encourages all parents and students to continue working at home to ensure that the impact of school closure on examination outcomes, learning and future examinations is minimised. The school will continue to support students and parents via the supply of learning materials and support both in paper form and online across a range of platforms. We understand the anxiety and uncertainty caused by the Covid 19 pandemic generally and in relation to education and examinations. The school will continue to share information with parents and students via our website, app and social media channels as the situation continues to develop.

In the meantime, we ask all members of the school community to follow the advice given in relation to staying home, protecting the NHS and therefore saving lives. Students should devote a proportion of this time at home to continue with their school work using existing resources and those provided online. Parents should encourage students to do so and support them in the completion of their work.