Good News for Year 10 and 12 Btec Students – Sport, Business and Media
I am pleased to inform parents that the examination boards will be issuing results for assessments due to be taken between 20 March and 31 July 2020 for all students taking these qualifications, where appropriate evidence is available. The boards will use a calculated results approach similar to that used for other examinations using all the evidence available. Students do not need to submit any further work or evidence to support this process.
I am sure parents and students were all interested to hear Boris Johnson’s road map for the future last Sunday.
His plans suggest it is unlikely that Years 7, 8 and 9 will return to school during the summer term.
His announcement did contain the ambition for Year 10 and 12 to return for some kind of face to face contact with their teachers this summer.
The details and timings for this plan are not clear. I will update parents as soon as more concrete proposals emerge.
Miles for Mills
I would like to thank Mr Tansley for setting up the “Miles for Mills” challenge which replaces this year’s Mills Match which is played to celebrate the life of former Verulam Student Oli Mills who sadly died of cancer in 2005 and to raise money for charity.
We are asking students, staff, parents, governors and Verulam alumni to raise money through sponsorship or donations over the next 2 weeks.
You can find the Just Giving page with the link here:
Year 10 will not sit an end of year assessment and instead will have their Trial 1 exams moved to the two weeks im- mediately preceding October half term.
This decision has been made to ensure that all students have maximum teaching time should they return to school after the May half term or be working remotely.
For Year 12, the BSV consortium have agreed that an ex- amination week will be held in the week beginning 22nd June, undertaken remotely. This will be held either in school or at home depending on the government’s advice regarding re-opening. Further details of the nature of these exams will be sent shortly.
This week’s HM commendations go to:
Victor Artemi 7C for his hard work and dedication to his online learning.
8JPY1 have HM commendations for continued outstanding work in Maths during lockdown: Alfie Fowler; Adam Gardner; Fadi Hanania; Austin Kennedy; Ryan Kennedy; Mohammad Miah; Dylan Norman; Jamie Perrin.
Corey Percival Year 9 English Literature – for the consist- ently high quality of his independent work on ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry.
Bayley Hoggarth in 7C – his work this week was brilliant and clearly showed the awesome and amazing effort he has put in.
Jake Larkin 10B – Excellent work from home in a number of subjects highlighted by number of house points given.
Sean Tidd 10J – Fantastic commitment to self study shown in number of house points given.
I will be walking 19.38 kilometres this Saturday in support of the event. I would encourage pupils to see what they can do! We hope to hold the next formal Mills Match next May.
Further detail can be found overleaf about this initiative.
Changes to Virtual Learning
After half-term the diet of learning for Year 7, 8 and 9 will see some changes which Mr Emsley will be communicating in full next week. We aim to vary the diet experienced by boys in Key Stage Three by introducing some longer project based learning which will be divided into segments, to revise some key learning and to assess progress in the core subjects. This will allow us to issue reports to parents in Years 7, 8 and 9 at the end of term.