Update: 20th April
Posted 20th April 2020
Mr Wilding has sent out another update to parents.
To all parents and carers,
Hello again. I hope this message finds you well and that you have all had a break, of some sort, over Easter. We will be setting work for students again from today, using the same methods as previously. We will also be returning to updating students, parents and carers regularly via email and social media; I have recorded a brief message to students on Instagram this afternoon and would be grateful if you could ask your child(ren) to look at it, or show it to them.
I am aware that some students will have found the work being set before Easter extremely challenging and that some will be concerned about not completing tasks. Please assure your child(ren) that we are only asking them to complete tasks to the best of their ability and, as long as they are doing so, there will be no sanctions issued to students when school re-opens. We obviously want students to complete as much work as possible, but we understand that timescales need to be flexible under the circumstances.
We have today started work on awarding of GCSE and A level 'Centre Assessment Grades' for students due to sit exams this summer. Mr McElhone will be sending a separate, more detailed, email to parents and carers of students this applies to. Mr McElhone's email will also include a link to the OFQUAL Consultation for Exam Grading and Assessment 2020, which can be responded to by parents and carers up to Wednesday 29th April. Schools have until 29th May at the earliest to finalise these grades and cannot share any of the information with students, parents or carers at any time. As Mr McElhone's more detailed email says, we appreciate you allowing us the time to complete this process in the fairest way possible and we respectfully ask that you do not contact school to ask about individual cases; we would not be able to respond.
I apologise to parents and carers of students eligible for Free School Meals, as there have been significant problems with issuing of e-vouchers over the last 2 weeks. This is a national issue with the website and is not related to us as a school. We believe the issue has now been rectified and parents and carers should be receiving their back-dated e-vouchers soon.
Please note that the Safeguarding and Wellbeing sections of the LCS website are being regularly updated with useful links to support information and services which provide help during these uncertain times.
Thank you again for your support and cooperation during this time. I will issue a further update in a few days.