18 June 2021

This update includes:  COVID Update and Reminders; Year 10 Internal Examinations; Cricketing Success; Family Support opening up conversations around drugs and alcohol

 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday about the extension of the current restrictions, I expected a flurry of updates from the government for schools but all has been fairly quiet.  We have had to make some minor tweaks to our arrangements, but generally we are getting on with managing education as best as we can under the circumstances.  We are reviewing our arrangements every week, and I remain hopeful that we can continue to gradually ease out of face coverings over the coming weeks.  We intend to go ahead with our celebration events and sports day in the final week of term at this stage, though we are having to amend plans to fit the COVID expectations.  We are also preparing a thorough risk assessment - in line with the government’s COVID guidance - for the Year 8 educational visit organised by the Geography department.  We hope this can still happen.  Thankfully, we haven’t had to send any groups home this week and I hope this continues to be the case.

 

COVID REMINDERS -   It is crucial PLEASE that you continue to test using the lateral flow tests twice weekly at home for every pupil and also the rest of your family.  If you run out of tests, your child can speak to Medical Needs Officer Mrs Rothwell in our main office for more tests.  Should you receive a positive test from this process, you should keep your child at home and inform school as soon as possible via positivecase@wernethschool.com and by contacting megan.rothwell@wernethschool.com via telephone or email.  She will advise you of next steps. 

 

 

 

Year 10 Internal Examinations: The Year 10 exams will still take place at the scheduled times.  We are very conscious that we need to be able to assess Year 10’s current position in terms of their GCSE course, and we also need evidence of this in the event that exams are disrupted for the third year next summer.  So getting those examinations done in a formal setting for our young people is essential as the first step of gaining evidence for Year 11. However we have changed the venue of some exams after taking into consideration the impact of the continuing Covid restrictions.  The exams for Option Block Subjects will take place in classrooms, so that we can minimise large groups in the Main Hall. 

The exams for Maths, English and Science will take place in the Main Hall, with reduced numbers … the core exams are delivered in half year blocks which means we have fewer students in the hall for these exams and can space students out.  The timetable is here ….

 

YEAR 10 MOCK EXAMINATION TIMETABLE

 

Periods 1 / 2

Periods 3 / 4

 

 

Periods 1 / 2

Periods 3 / 4

Mon 28/6

10Y Science

Exam Hall

10X English

Exam Hall

 

Mon 5/7

 

10C Options

Classrooms

Tue 29/6

10A Options

Classrooms

10Y English

Exam Hall

 

Tue 6/7

10Y Maths

Exam Hall

10X Science

Exam Hall

Wed 30/6

10X Maths

Exam Hall

 

 

Wed 7/7

10B Option

Classrooms

 

Thu 1/7

10Y English

Exam Hall

 

 

Thu 8/7

10Y Maths

Exam Hall

 

Fri 2/7

10X English

Exam Hall

 

 

Fri 9/7

10X Maths

Exam Hall

 

 

Exams are serious and important.  Part of the purpose of sitting mock examinations is of course to prepare for the “real thing” - getting it wrong at that stage has disastrous consequences for young people.  So here’s a reminder of our simple expectations and rules for examinations, all of which are repeated in the “real” GCSE exams …

 

Expectations for conduct during all examinations - Werneth School

  • There can be no communication at all in the examination room.  This includes talking, miming or gesturing to other students.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off and out of sight.  In GCSE exams, they must be handed in.
  • All staff instructions are given for a purpose, and must be followed immediately.

 

Any student who does not co-operate in the examination hall / room will receive a sanction and parents will be informed.  If this happens in a real GCSE examination, they will lose at least the subject they are sitting -  schools are required to report this to the examination board.