School Update – December 2020

As we exit the lockdown, Buckinghamshire enters into national Tier 2 restrictions called High Alert. The Department for Education have updated their guidance for this current alert level. As a result, we will continue with the current restrictions with staff and students not experiencing any changes.

As a reminder, face coverings remain mandatory in transit around the School and in communal areas (when not eating). They remain mandatory on Home School transport and in the local area when moving in large footfall areas (Turnfurlong, Walton Road).

At the end of each lesson, it is essential that all students:

  • wipe down their desks
  • put their face coverings on
  • put wipes in the bin on the way out
  • sanitise their hands on the way out
  • ensure they go the correct way (one-way system)

This week the government announced new plans to support examination students. The announcement still requires greater detail but the main points were:

  • more generous grading than usual, in line with national outcomes from 2020, so students this year are not disadvantaged
  • students receiving advance notice of some topic areas covered in GCSE, AS and A levels to focus revision
  • exam aids —like formula sheets—provided in some exams, giving students more confidence and reducing the amount of information they need to memorise
  • additional exams to give students a second chance to sit a paper if the main exams or assessments are missed due to illness or self-isolation
  • a new expert group to look at differential learning and monitor the variation in the impact of the pandemic on students across the country

When further details are updated we will communicate these to you.