COVID-19 – For those in Years 11 and 13

For those in Years 11 and 13

Dear Parents, Carers and Students

I hope you are keeping well during this challenging time in our lives. Please do take the time to read this detailed communication, as we are keen to keep in touch with you. Many thanks to those who have contacted the school, requesting updates.

GCSE and A Level Results:

You will have heard that schools are being asked to present teacher assessments in lieu of the usual public exams, and more details about this process are due to be published by the Government later this week. In the meantime, this is what we are doing at Harton, with the possibility that we may amend our actions once we know details of new Government guidelines. We will keep you posted.

  • During the course of Year 11 and 13, we always collect examination performance data on each student, which assists us in predicting their performance in the GCSE and A Level exams. These collections were in October, December and March of this academic year.
  • Sir Ken analyses this data at each collection point as a matter of course. This is exactly what he is doing now, in preparation for the Government’s request to submit teacher assessments for each student in each subject.
  • We will ensure our teacher assessments are fair and professional, reflecting our students’ ability and work effort over the past two years. Sir Ken will be going through each student’s performance in each of their subjects, liaising with their respective teachers along the way.
  • We are keen that Harton demonstrates our ability to moderate this entire process with integrity, fairness and care.
  • If a student queries the grade awarded in the summer, they will have the right to appeal, and we are awaiting information from the Government on this process.

What our Year 11 and 13 students ought to be doing now:

We understand and sympathise that the Year 11 and 13 students’ rites of passage have been taken away from them, but, here, we pragmatically present what you ought to be doing now in order to ensure you are best prepared for the next stage of your progression, once this terrible situation is behind us.

  • Those wishing to join Harton 6th Form
    Mr Burroughs is in the throes of ensuring the 6th Form section of our website is populated with the summer tasks required of all prospective Year 12 students. We feel that your main focus ought to be these tasks, as they will complement your summer grades and give us a fuller picture of the sort of 6th form student we can expect in you. Mr Burroughs will also be emailing you all separately about this. Please also take time to read further, as we have additional advice for you.
  • Those continuing their education, either at Harton or with another provider
    You should be consolidating your learning in the subject(s) you intend to study at the next level. You could be investigating the specifications used by the providers, reviewing the course structure and determining the order of delivery of specific topics, and doing some background work on the topics delivered in the first term of the course.
  • Those Year 11 or 13 students going to training providers
    It would be wise to make contact with the providers to determine whether there are any recommended pre-course materials or background reading recommendations. Again, you could also review the structure of the course and determine which areas of the curriculum should be reviewed in preparation for your course.
  • Those who have yet to finalise their progression routes
    You will need to continue researching opportunities and making contact with providers, where possible. Connexions in South Tyneside are still able to offer advice, and can be found at: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/35408/Connexions
  • Those who have secured employment
    You should make contact with your employers to see whether they are continuing to trade and to check their plans moving forward. It could be that the students in this category need to change their plans depending on the circumstances of the employer and their business.

In the fullness of time, we plan to meet with our Year 11 and 13 students and to celebrate their superb efforts during their time with us. Although their experiences have been punctuated by this unprecedented and extreme event, they are still Harton students, of whom we are all immensely proud. We will all look back on this experience as having defined us, both as individuals, but also as Society. We are looking forward to meeting you all again, once it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, our very best wishes go to you and your loved ones. Take care.

David Amos
Head of School

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