Coronavirus Information

Information updated: 23-03-2020

Letter from the Headteacher (below) regarding our school provision and and additional information from Monday 23rd March- in response to the latest government guidance. The EPS Merton has obtained a helpful pack entitled Looking After Yourself and Each Other, which is filled with lots of helpful suggestions, resources and sources of support during this difficult time.

Dear Parents/ Carers, 

Thank you for your support and feedback. The school is now closed to the large majority of students. We have made arrangements for students of key workers and other targeted parents to be at school  while working on line through Microsoft Teams. 

All of Years 7-13 will work on line from Monday 23rd March with registration at 8.35am. If your daughter is ill please email bernadette.young@ursulinehigh.merton.sch.uk Mrs Young will inform all teachers of any student who is unable to log on. If a student fails to log on we will do our best to inform you. Please can you monitor your daughter is working on line. The camera and microphone must be switched off.  Students have been given the protocols for working on line; this includes, but is not limited to, the use of appropriate language. Students will be blocked from using MS Teams should they not respect the protocols agreed. 

Here is the present overview for learning for Years 7,8,9,10,11,12. Year 11 and Year 13 will be finishing work until Easter. We are planning transition courses for Year 11 to prepare for A Level and Btecs as well as courses for Year 13 in preparation for their next steps whether this be University or Apprenticeships of Further Education.

We marked an end of formal lesson with Year 13 and Year 11. We wholeheartedly look forward to celebrating with them in September when qualifications are released and destinations are known.

 

Year 11/13 Public Examinations

The Government has announced the next steps for assessing candidates. These are the main points below. Further details are still needed for schools. We will contact you again once we know. 

‘This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS Level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.

To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalizing an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.’

 

Support for students

During the assemblies over the last two days it has become clear that some students need further support from Parents to understand what is happening and why. Further guidance on how you can support your daughter/s is attached. If you have any serious concerns worries that you need to share with us please email enquiries@ursulinehigh.merton.sch.uk and I will get back to you.

Please keep yourself and your families safe and follow government guidelines. Help you daughter stay strong by keeping connected on line with her peers and teachers!

 

Yours sincerely

Julia Waters

Headteacher