End of Term Letter from The Principal

10th April

To all parents and pupils

I hope that everyone is keeping safe and well.

As our Easter break would have been due to commence today, we will take a break from study for the next week and resume on-line learning from Monday 20th April. The school will be closed over the Easter period but contact can be made using the school e-mail account [email protected]

The facility for supervision of KS3 children of Key Workers remains in place and can be activated in the usual way. The school will, therefore, be opened as required.

We have learned many new things about distance learning over the past few weeks and, perhaps, one of the most significant is the need for patience. At the same time, it has, in the round, been working remarkably well. The circumstances in which pupils are trying to engage with on-line learning vary from family to family and over the next week there is an opportunity to take a break from it for a few days, or to catch up on some of the work that you haven’t managed to complete.

For those, particularly in Year 11 and 13 who may be a little concerned about the pace of learning, please be patient with this as we would ordinarily have been finishing in early May and then going on study leave but since there won’t be examinations, we can continue with distance learning throughout May and June. By its nature, distance learning is slower and it’s not easy to replicate the classroom experience but there will be time to cover the course content, seek explanations, complete work and receive feedback.

I understand that those who were due to sit GCSE and ‘A’ Level examinations will be anxious about their grades. We are still awaiting guidance on this from CCEA and cannot, therefore, provide any update until such times as we have received this information and have had an opportunity to consider it. As I have said before, we will work to ensure that the grades assigned are fair and accurate, insofar as possible and it is, of course, in everyone’s interest that this is the case.

I hope that everyone has a happy and holy Easter, that you find time for rest and that those families which have key workers among them, stay safe and are well supported in their good work.

 

Mr F Donnelly

Principal