Dear CtK community,
It certainly has been an interesting couple of weeks! As we approach the end of term for a well-deserved two-week break, I would like to give some thank you messages to members of our school community.
Mrs Ashton and Mrs Sumner for keeping in daily contact with some of our pupils
Mr Cragg for organising all the work packs that were posted out to some of our pupils
The senior leadership team for all their hard work coordinating and organising different elements of our virtual school
Mrs Bernard/Mr Young and Mrs Church for organising our FSM vouchers
Mr Booth, Mr Jones and Mr Welsh for keeping our website and social media up to date
Mrs Greenall and the admin team for managing the communication between home and school
Mrs Lee for baking amazing cakes and delivering them to the staff in Southport Hospital (we have also donated our science goggles and other equipment to the hospital to help in the fight against COVID-19)
All parents and carers for ensuring that our pupils are continuing to learn at home, exercise daily and keep in touch with us
Finally, thank you and well done to all our fantastic pupils, who in the face of adversity stayed resilient and engaged with this new way of learning.
It is now time for our school community to have a rest. Our staff have put some project-based resources onto Google Classroom that pupils can access if they wish to continue with their learning over the Easter holidays. However, we are not expecting our pupils to continue to work over the Easter holidays as it is important that everyone now has an opportunity for a break.
Listening to the feedback we have had from some of our families, we decided to produce a schedule that pupils can follow at home if they wish to do so. This can be used when Home Learning resumes on Monday 20th April. We feel that this will provide pupils with a structure that they can use to organise their learning whilst at home. If some of you already have a schedule in place and want to continue with what you are already doing, then that is fine too. I have attached a schedule for Key Stage 3 and one for Key Stage 4 (Y10). There are hyperlinks on the schedule that pupils can use for other activities outside of Google Classroom.
If you are in Year 11 – a letter was sent to you this morning from Ofqual. This outlines their decision for how GCSE qualifications are going to be awarded. It states:
Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:
- the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
- within each subject, the order of pupils at your school or college, by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges.
Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course. This information will allow us, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that pupils are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your school or college sends to the exam board.
All our Y11 pupils have received this letter via email this morning from Mr McCourt. This means that pupils are no longer required to work their GCSE subjects at home. All our Y11 pupils will receive an invite to a Google Classroom that has been populated with transition resources for Y11 into Y12. Pupils are required to access this classroom and work on the subjects that you are considering for study for Post 16. Every subject we offer has been populated and there is wealth of resources for pupils to access – it is vital you continue learning at this key time.
If you are in Year 13 – you have also received this letter from Ofqual and we will work with you in ensuring you have access to your chosen destination for Post 18.
Our blogs will continue from Monday 20th April and we are inviting pupilso get in touch if they would like to contribute to writing them! For now, I will leave you with this poem by John Greenleaf Whittier:
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Thank you all for your continued support, hard work and dedication to our CtK community. Have a great Easter break.
Stay safe, be kind
Mrs E Wheeler