Dear Parent/Carer 

I hope you and your family are well as I know the last few months have been particularly difficult.  I would like to address a few items in this letter: 

  •  Nationally standardised Grades Day – 20th August 2020; 
  • Kingswood trip cancellation; 
  • Leavers’ assembly;  
  • Prom cancellation and subsequent arrangements. 

 

Nationally Standardised Grades  

In light of the issues caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Tameside schools have come together to agree a common approach to supporting our students with receiving their GCSE outcomes on 20th August 2020 and support mechanisms for progressing onto sixth form, college, apprenticeships, training or work. 

 For year 11 students, the situation has perhaps been the more challenging than for any other cohort. The national examinations that they have been working towards for their whole secondary school career have, as you know, not been taken which has brought mixed emotions for all the students affected. 

 GCSE ‘results’ day will therefore be different this year. Students will not be receiving results for examinations taken. They will be receiving nationally standardised grades awarded by the exam boards. These are the grades that will be recognised by colleges and higher education institutions and employers in the future. 

 In order to arrive at these nationally standardised grades, schools were asked to provide a centre assessed grade for each student in each GCSE subject taken. The school was required to send the exam board two pieces of information for each of a student’s subjects, based on what we know about their work and achievements:  

  • the grade we believe a student was most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned; and 
  • within each subject, the order of students in school by performance, for each grade to enable the exam board to standardise judgements. 

 In making these judgements we considered a range of things like classwork and homework; results in assignments and any PPE exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework; and a student’s general progress during their course. 

The exam board standardisation model will draw on a range of evidence including historical outcomes for each school and the prior attainment of students. This means that the centre assessment grades submitted by schools and colleges and the final grade that students receive could be different. 

A video explaining this process can be found on the ‘class of 2020’ page of the school website

The grades awarded to students will carry the same value as grades awarded in other years and on the results slips and certificates, grades will be reported in the same way. 

Thursday, 20th August - Arrangements for collecting Nationally Standardised Grades 

In order to manage the process during the pandemic, please note that we can only accept students into school to collect their grades.  If you wish to accompany your child we kindly ask that you please wait outside.  Students should arrive at the following times to collect their grades.  It is important that we stagger arrival times to ensure social distancing can take place. 

 

8:45-9:30 

9:30-9:45 

9:45-10:30 

10:30-10:45 

10:45-11:30 

11:30- 11:45 

11:45-12:30 

GROUP 1 

 (A - C) 

Cleaning time 

GROUP 2 

(D - H) 

Cleaning time 

GROUP 3 

(I - P) 

Cleaning time 

GROUP 4 

(R – W) 

 

Group 1 – surnames beginning with letters A-C 

Group 2 – surnames beginning with letters D-H 

Group 3 – surnames beginning with letters I - P 

Group 4 – surnames beginning with letters R - W 

Students should not come at a different time; if they do they will be asked to come back later. 

If for any reason your child is unable to collect their grades due to self-isolation, please email admin@alderchs.uk

Various staff will be on hand on the day to offer support to students and give advice and guidance with regards to next steps.    

Careers support will be available by phone on the day from our partner Changing Education (phone number available on the day).    Positive Steps Careers Service will be available to provide independent career advice by calling 0800 484 0407 / 0161 621 9292 or emailing tamesidecareers@positive-steps.org.uk. 

 

College Enrolment

Enrolment at Tameside College, Clarendon College and Ashton 6th Form College is taking place over 5 days between 20th August – 25th August

The most important thing is to support our students and ensure they get on to the right post-16 pathways including the right college course or training option. Tameside schools, colleges, providers, teaching unions and the Council have come together to ensure this support is in place and we fully anticipate that for the vast majority of students the process will be straightforward. 

Our local colleges have been working closely with the local authority and schools to discuss transition arrangements.  ​The colleges will be using the nationally standardised grades awarded by exam boards on 20th August to discuss first year/year 12 study programme options and will use these when taking decisions on programme type and level.  This will ensure all students are placed on the right course.  It is important that students have all of their grades with them when enrolling, including any taken in years 9 and 10. Tameside schools and colleges have agreed arrangements to communicate with each other during the main enrolment period in order to discuss any issues that might arise with the standardised grades awarded.  This will be done on a case by case basis.  

The colleges will be contacting students with enrolment invites over the summer period. ​It is important that students arrive on time for these appointments and adhere to social distancing rules; if there are any issues with the time and date of appointments, please contact the admissions team at the appropriate college as soon as possible so alternative arrangements can be made. 

Once college places, apprenticeship and training options are secured, if for any reason your child would like to know their centre assessed grades, they can ask for a request form from Mr Muddiman. 

Students who are unhappy with their grades will have the opportunity to take their exams in the autumn or in summer 2021. If they choose to do this, students will be able to use the higher of the two grades for future progression.   

 

Kingswood trip 

We have at last managed to secure a refund for the Kingswood trip.  This has come about following a great deal of hard work by the finance team and a successful claim made on our insurance policy.   Refunds will be paid directly through ParentPay. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 

 

Leavers’ assembly 

The videos featured in the leavers’ assembly can be found on the ‘class of 2020’ page on the website

  

Leavers’ Prom 

Unfortunately owing to the Coronavirus pandemic the Prom could not go ahead as planned.  However, I have provisionally booked an evening reunion event for our year 11 leavers at the original venue, Smokies, on Friday, 16th October.   Obviously, this is a provisional booking and will only go ahead if the government allow mass gatherings.  I will keep you informed.  Tickets will be on sale in September.   

  

Finally, I wish to thank you for supporting school during your child’s time here. I hope you have a happy and relaxing summer and look forward to welcoming your child on Thursday, 20th August.  

 

Yours sincerely 

R O’Regan 

Head teacher