6th January 2021


Dear Parent/Carer,




I can only apologise for the distress this may have caused.


Yesterday I wrote to parents of students due to sit BTEC exams to say that the exams were still on. I did not confirm this until 5pm deliberately as we were working as a school to cancel as many as possible in the interests of fairness where we were assured that the students would be accredited with the grades reflective of all their hard work if I cancelled the exams.


For exams where there was another sitting opportunity in Summer I was confident that cancelling was correct because no student would be penalised. Yesterday I was able to postpone 6 exams to Summer and so was able to cancel these 6 exams for the January sitting as published in yesterday’s letter.


At this point however, we still had 6 exams running because there was no option to postpone them to Summer and I could not guarantee the student would grade.


Further guidance was published last night which then informed me that a parent could choose whether it was in the best interest for their child to sit the exam but no clarity on the impact on the student’s result.


We have been chasing confirmation this morning and at noon had it confirmed that if I cancelled the remaining exams students grade would not be affected. Therefore, all exams have now been cancelled.


We do have some questions now around, what happens to the students who sat the Year 12 Law exam at 9am this morning? …and how will students’ grades be calculated this year? As of yet I do not have the answers to these questions but will of course update relevant parties as I do. I am aware that this afternoon the Education Secretary is discussing this in the Commons.


Whilst the Covid crisis is a rapidly changing situation and requires us to respond accordingly I do have to say that a loss of angst and heartache for students, parents and staff could have been avoided here with clearer instruction being given at the outset.


I can only apologise for this. A member of staff will be calling each student affected.


If you have any questions about any of this, please don’t hesitate to contact me on



Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Parker-Randall



A full copy of the letter can be seen here

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