Y11 Update

Dear students, parents and carers

These are unprecedented times for our young people. In every household across the country with children who were expecting to take examinations this summer families will be trying to come to terms with the implications of the shock announcement by the government cancelling the GCSE exams this summer.

The welfare of our students is our utmost priority and we will continue to work in an evolving context to support our year 11 and secure the best possible outcomes for our students.

As the Department of Education releases more information over the next few days we will be sure to update you.

These are very challenging times and it is with much regret that we will not be able to celebrate as intended the many wonderful achievements and experiences that our year 11 have shared during their time at Downlands. However, we are busy making contingency plans to ensure that we can acknowledge the significant contribution that the year group has made to the Downlands community before they leave us on Friday. It is our intention that many of the planned events can go ahead albeit on a different timescale. We will update you as soon as we have confirmation of these alternative arrangements.

I appreciate that many of you will have concerns about the awarding of grades and what happens in September. Although the details are yet to emerge, the government is clear that young people will not be disadvantaged by the decision to cancel the exam season. We will be doing everything within our means to ensure that pupils get to their chosen destinations whether it be college or other pathways.

yours sincerely

Matt Ashdown
Deputy Headteacher
Downlands Community School