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Year 11 Updates

Last updated: Tuesday 7th July 2020

Hello all, I hope that you are all safe and healthy and coping as well as you can with the current situation. I wanted to share some updates with you:

2020 Leavers Results FAQs

Looking back at these unprecedented times it has become clearer why the Government chose to replace the examinations with centre assessed grades, a fair set of examinations would have been impossible.  We have submitted all of our grades which remain under a strict embargo.  We will not know until the examination results are released if the centre assessed grades that we have submitted have been approved or changed.

How do exam boards and Ofqual decide if centre assessed grades are fair and if they should move up or down?

These two guides are really useful and explain how your grades will be worked out:

Ofqual Video explanation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRTyGmUJIrw

AQA Video explanation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-8qW2MOCSE

How can I get my results?

There are two ways to access your results:

1. Come in and collect them from school on the 20th August:

  • Staff will be around and we will be able to offer advice about your next steps.
  • We will confirm times and arrangements week commencing 17th August, once we have assessed the up to date conditions in our area.

2. Request your results to be emailed to you:

  • Students need to request this before 15th August by sending an email from your school account to the school enquiry line.
  • If you cannot remember your email password please click here for help accessing it: Request Support

Is there an appeals process if I am unhappy with my results?

There is an appeals process, however, the DfE have made it clear that they expect those that are unhappy with their grade will have the opportunity to re-sit the exam in November.  There is more information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-publishes-more-details-on-appeals-and-confirms-autumn-exam-arrangements

Am I allowed to know my centre assessed grade?

There is an embargo on these results and we are not permitted to share them.  Please do not ask your teacher to share these, they will have to say no and it will put you both in a difficult and awkward position.

We can say that we feel we have made suitable predictions that have reflected how well students have worked towards their Year 11 and a degree of generosity to take into account the remaining time students had before their final exams and the significant improvement that students often show in that lead in time.

Are there any other goodbyes planned?

We are keen to start putting the Year book together.  So please get your contributions into school via the website.

These are strange times and it is hard to plan anything; however, it is our aim to invite our 2020 leavers back in for an informal social afternoon, maybe to share some food with staff and catch up with them about what they are up to. Hopefully we will be able to do this sooner rather than later.


 

Dear Year 11,

These messages of support come to you at the end of what would have been your first week of GCSE exams. I am sure that the uncertainty of the situation is causing you anxiety however, preparing for and trying to sit your exams in these current circumstances would have been ultimately much worse.

Many of your teachers wanted to share some messages with you, check them out below.

My message is simple –

  • We miss you; it is all too strange not seeing you in school.
  • Do some work! Prepare for Year 12 – wherever it may lead you!
  • Send in your year book entries so we can make it a year book to remember.
  • See you soon – when this is over we will plan an event of some sort to mark your “graduation” and say a proper goodbye.

Mr Clayton

 

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POST 16 Preparation

1. Pearson Active Learn

Pearson has made a large number of its electronic textbooks available free of charge during the current pandemic. They produce a large number of textbooks for both A-Level and Vocational post 16 courses.  This package only contains books published by Pearson and you may well find that you use a different textbook produced by a different publisher next year. Even so, the Pearson books will be a good introduction to any post 16 course of the same name.

We have set up accounts for each student in Y11 so that you can access the Active Learn package which contains all of these books, so that you can read ahead and even attempt some of the activities in these books to prepare you for next year.

The web address is www.pearsonactivelearn.com and you will need to find your username and password in the .pdf document hosted on SMH.  If you have any problems, please feel free to send Mr Hodgetts a message through SMH.

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2. KNGS - Prep work

We have worked collaboratively with the Girl’s school to share materials that will help you prepare for your year 12 studies.  You will find these resources and activities available in the GCSE HUB, Post 16 section.

Thank you to KNGS staff.

3. Halesowen College - Prep work

Please find below some useful links for any boys who have applied or are considering applying to Halesowen College. Keep checking their website on a regular basis as they will soon be adding some targeted, subject-specific activities to help our students prepare for post-16 education.

www.halesowen.ac.uk/about/school-leavers

www.halesowen.ac.uk/learners/halesowen-college-live-chats

There is further information on the Halesowen College channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWkZZXZ0C8AhsZsde9GsZ6g

 


Examination Grades and Results Day...

Results day has now been set for 20th August.  We have also had significant information from the Department for Education about what they require from us regarding exam results.  Although we have been instructed that all of the information has to remain confidential, we can assure you that the predictions that we have made have taken into account a wide range of factors.  Rest assured that we have not just based them on a set of mock exams that you sat some time before the final exams, and we are fully aware that students can often make big improvements during the final preparation towards exams.  Remember that your teachers know you well, they have a good handle on your capabilities, and they have attempted to reflect you at your best when providing the necessary information.

It is almost impossible to not be anxious; you would have been anxious preparing for your examinations too.  Of course, this is a different type of anxiety, as you probably have more questions than answers.  We have more information on dealing with any anxiety you may be feeling.  Click here to read more about Kooth a dedicated website with real people to talk to (this link will take you to the ‘Looking After Yourself’ webpage).

What shall I do with my time?

Look now to your future; this is a great time to get ahead.  KNGS has promised to provide us with the A-Level prep work that they are going to release this term to their students.  As soon as it is available, we will get it to you.  In the meantime, seek out the information on A-Level work that Mr Hodgetts has kindly posted on SMH.  There is a huge number of resources and work there for you to get your teeth into.

You could, of course, be writing up your stories and experiences to provide articles for the Yearbook…

2020 Leavers Yearbook proposal...

We are aware that the ending of your secondary school career has occurred under very strange circumstances.  Nevertheless, we are keen to celebrate the end of your school education as much as possible, and to ensure that you leave us with a tangible reminder of the memories of your school years.  Therefore, I am happy to announce the production of a 2020 Leavers Yearbook.  We hope that this will be a wonderful celebration of your time at KNBS and a piece of social history.

As part of the preparation for the Yearbook, we would like all students to send us:

  • your best memory
  • your funniest story
  • your top three members of staff
  • your aspirations for the future
  • your advice to our younger students
  • a quote from you to feature in the Yearbook
  • your best trip (including the reasons why).

Please also:

  • send any pictures you have from your time at KNBS
  • let us know if you are happy to contribute articles for the Yearbook, reporting on trips and events that you have been involved with.

You can send this information to 2020Yearbook@knbs.co.uk

We know how important leaving secondary school is – it is a rite of passage and it marks one of the key milestones in your life. We don’t want this moment to pass unmarked, and it would be great for as many students as possible to be able to contribute to the Yearbook. We hope you will be able to share your memories with everyone and we look forward to your contributions.