Thank you to all parents and carers who have given consent for their children to be tested. We have unfortunately had a positive case in year 11 over the weekend, which has caused us to track and trace the year group on Thursday and Friday of last week. This will lead to a 10 day self-isolation period for a number of students who are close contacts, and will have been contacted today.
As a consequence of this, there are changes to the assessment plans which were due to commence tomorrow. As 30% of the year group are required to isolate until Tuesday 23rd March the assessment window will move as outlined on the attached document. The timetable rolls forward with the exception of a Maths assessment and the Hospitality assessments which have moved slightly (all in red text).
We appreciate that this is not ideal but in line with OFQUAL guidance we must use robust evidence to determine the grade that your son / daughter is working at – with one third of the year group at home we cannot see a fair system for all students other than moving the assessments to have students complete these in school. It is of course possible that this situation arises again in which case we may well have to forge ahead with in school assessments for those who are present.
We would like to make an appeal to all year groups, in order to ensure that we test as many asymptomatic cases as possible. Could we please request for those who miss their test day through absence, that they arrange a test at the school testing centre on return. This is particularly important for students who have had a family member test positive, and are returning after a period of self-isolation. Thank you all for helping us to keep the school community as safe as we can.