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FAO Year 11/13 Parents, Carers and Students

Dear Parent/Guardian/Carer,

We are writing to inform you of the resources we have made available to support Y11 students.  The post 16 portal is available to use as a springboard between GCSE and Alevel/BTEC in the subjects they are hoping to take next year.  This will support the transition between GCSE and A Level. The portal can be accessed via. this link:


All year 11 work, except vocational subject work like BTECs, moving forward will be focused on their next steps and we will be only setting work through the post 16 portal.

Resources included in this portal include:

  • suggested reading lists
  • relevant websites
  • high quality resources that will bridge the gap between GCSE and ALevel
  • A mini project
  • BTEC Y11 and Y12 sample Assignment Briefs

The portal and resources will be live from Wednesday 29th April.

Can I take this opportunity to remind you of the support we are still providing for students, the is there to support home learning, containing all guides on how to use Show My Homework and Google Classroom. 

IT support while working at home is available via, ,  If students or parents have failed to find the relevant information on, then please use email for specific IT support.

If students feel they cannot complete work without further help and support, they can message teachers via Show My Homework and wait for a response. Remind students communication must always be polite and appropriate.  Support on how to use MCAS is also available on .  If parents require any additional support they can email .

As you may be aware, Ofqual published details of how GCSE and A-level grades will be calculated and awarded for this academic year.  It is important to note that this guidance is for GCSE and A-level subjects only and does not include vocational qualifications such as BTEC, WJEC (i.e. Hospitality) or VTCT (i.e. Hair and Beauty). As we receive any further guidance on these qualifications, we will update you.

Ofqual has stressed that their over-riding aim is to be fair to students and to make sure they are not disadvantaged in their progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented circumstances.  Schools are being asked to provide the exam boards with two pieces of information for every subject that a student is studying. This will be based on what teachers know about students’ work and achievements.  We are therefore not allowed to share this information with you.

Results are expected to be issued around the same time as any normal year, which is Thursday 20th August 2020. Ofqual are also offering reassurance that grades will look exactly the same as they would in any other year, and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, to help students move forward in their lives as planned.  If students are unhappy with the grades they receive in the summer, there will be the option to take exams in the autumn term, and Ofqual will be providing us with more information on this in the coming weeks, which we will share with you.

Lastly just a reminder about the change in date for the Year 11 Prom, Friday 11th September, it will be £25 per student and we will keep you informed with updates, such as how to pay.   We look forward to celebrating with all year 11’s at the prom.


Kind regards,                                                                        

H Brady

Head of Year 11