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Bramcote College Newsletter

27th March 2020 Local Schools, The Bramcote College Tags: 1 Comment

First of all, I would like to send my very best wishes to the students and families of our White Hills Park community.

I know that we are living in very unusual times and that many of you are having to cope with challenging and difficult situations.


I apologise for the lack of a Newsletter last week. The amount of emergency planning we had to do unfortunately
took precedence, but we will make sure that the Newsletter continues as normal from now on.

We will obviously have fewer school events to talk about, so during the time that we are closed, I would encourage you to share news and events with us so we can communicate with our wider community. That might be examples of
volunteering, news from your local community, appeals for help, tips for surviving the isolation at home – whatever you think would be worth sharing. If you have items for the Newsletter, please could you email them to news@whptrust.org

We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and offers of help from our local community. This crisis
has demonstrated the exceptionally close links between our schools and their communities, and if anything, the
links have been strengthened over the last couple of weeks. We have tried to give as much information as
possible to parents and families, and to make sure that we can support students whose normal school routine has
been abruptly changed.

One issue that has led to considerable anxiety is exams for Year 11 and Year 13. The picture is not entirely clear
yet, but there are some things we do know. Firstly, there will be no exams this summer. Grades will be awarded
based on a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment, alongside other data such as prior attainment. Since the precise format of this is not yet known, nor the evidence that we will have to provide to support our assessment judgements, it is vitally important that Year 11 and Year 13
students continue to engage with the work that they are being set by teachers, and stay in touch during
this period.

Universities and colleges have indicated that they will be flexible and do all they can to support students as they
move forward. We will work with every Year 13 student who needs support, either to secure a university or college
place, or a place on a suitable apprenticeship or training course. We will also make sure that every Year 11
student is either given a place at Bramcote College, or if this is not an appropriate destination, then we will work with you to find one. Rest assured, everyone is in the same boat so everyone will be adapting their procedures to take these extraordinary circumstances into account.

Please see the government statement for more information:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

Finally for this week, I would like to mention the amazing work that has been done to establish a continuing supply for our students who are entitled to a free school meal each day. We know that in these exceptionally challenging times, it is even more important to support our families. We have set up a partnership with Hope Nottingham, a wonderful local charity with whom we have a very strong existing relationship, who will be providing a weekly food delivery to all the families who are entitled to free school meals. Hopefully, this will give support for the whole family as well as providing lunch for our students. I am well aware that there may be families in our community who are suffering hardship but who aren’t currently on our Free school Meal list, perhaps because the family income has abruptly disappeared. If you are in this situation and are not sure where to turn, please get in touch with us and we will do everything we can to support you.
I’d like to end by offering my best wishes for your continuing good health.

Paul Heery
Chief Executive Officer

1 Comment

  1. Ann Parker 2 years Reply

    I have a neighbour whose son should be leaving his junior school this year and ‘going up’ He is anxious as there will not only be no farewell events but no introductory meetings at his next school/ Can you tell me if such days will take place once the schools are reopened

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