Information for University and College Admissions Teams
During the lock down period between the 20th March and the return to school in September, our current Year 13 students, like many across the rest of the country lost out on valuable learning time. In the early stages of lock down students learnt through pre-recorded lessons, voice over power points and set work through Microsoft teams. At this time students had to also learn in detail how to use Microsoft teams, which for some was more difficult. In addition, for some students this learning was completed on their phone, as this was their only device to be able to access this.
The school did progress onto online live lessons, although this did not happen in all subjects and this was on average one live lesson a fortnight, compared to the 9 hours lessons they would normally receive. Alongside this students were set independent work, which was submitted and feedback given through teams. Again the main device students had to access these live lessons was through their phones. For many of our students this was also the device they used to complete the work.
Once students were allowed to return to school in June, the students had lessons for each of their subjects, however in total this was about 8 hours of learning in total for each subject.
Students were guided through the university application process through online pre-recorded assemblies, they missed out the face to face support from their tutors with personal statements, as well as the personal statement workshops that are normally run by our local universities.
The two weeks after half term students normally complete end of Year 12 exams, which are used to examine the content of the year and these grades are used for their predicted grades on UCAS. These exams were cancelled this year and students sat adapted exams in the week beginning 24th September, without the normal preparation time and support they would have been given.