From Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO, 22 May 2020.
Dear students and families
I do hope you’re well and managing the impacts of the lockdown successfully. Please continue to act on government guidance, staying safe and protecting yourselves and your loved ones at every step. We want everyone to come through this successfully. Please let us know if there is more we can do to support and guide you.
We have a number of important measures to share with you now:
Right now, teachers across the Group are working hard to arrive at gradings for students and have them ready to submit to the different Awarding Bodies in the next few days. The deadlines are very tight and the scale of this piece of work is very great, so please bear with us while this work is completed. This may mean that the flow of things for you to do at home has slowed down, but we will pick this up again shortly.
Different courses have different methods for calculating grades., but your course team are working on the right approach for you and your particular course. They will be in touch if they need anything further from you, but are now focused on getting the grades right and sent to the Awarding Bodies on time.
We cannot discuss grades with anyone and the controls that have been placed on this process are there to protect everyone from any incorrect results entering the system.
But you are studying at one of the best colleges in the country, where students pass at rates far above the national average. It is on our excellent track record that a great deal of our grading decisions will be based and this provides some level of guarantee to you.
Return to study
We are going to reopen our Colleges for a limited number of students on 15th June.
The only students we will ask to return to College are:
- Vulnerable students who need direct contact with College staff
- Students who still have to complete practical assessments on-site to secure their qualification
We will make sure you know well in advance if you fall into one of these categories and give you a date and a time for you to attend College.
We are sorry that we will not see many of you again this summer, but we will not be able to bring all of our students and staff back to College safely and meaningfully in the few weeks we have left. We believe that your safety and that of our staff are our first priority here.
However, we will be keeping you busy.
Every full-time student will have a personal tutorial either or on-line or by telephone to help make sure your plans for September are in place and can be delivered successfully.
We will also make sure that you have opportunities to continue learning if you are able to. We will provide activities and assignments during June for you.
We know very well that this is a terribly uncertain time for you and we want to take some of that uncertainty away by confirming that we will be using calculated grades and other evidence to award places at our Colleges for next year. We will be in touch shortly to confirm the next steps and will have a safe and secure enrolment system ready very soon to minimise direct contact between people wherever possible.
We wish you well through all of these challenging times and look forward to working with you on your next steps.
With best wishes,
Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO