Further to the statement from the Secretary of State for Education on Wednesday where Gavin Williamson confirmed that A level and GCSE exams this summer are cancelled, we are writing to reassure you that the teams at Forge have been planning for these eventualities. The situation for BTECs is less clear and we will update when we receive more information.
An evidence based system for replacement grades which could include tests, homework, mock exams and teachers' observations will likely be used to award grades this summer. It is therefore very important that students continue with their studies and work hard and work at pace. For many, curriculum study isn’t finished and will continue for the remainder of the academic year, as planned, with planned assessments to take place.
Attendance is still expected to be 100% which means attending live lessons for now and then face-to-face when we return to school. It is likely that failure to attend lessons or a drop off in effort or quality of work will have a negative impact on grades. Conversely, attending lessons, doing well in tests, completing work and making an effort will have a positive impact.
We are still receiving guidance and more detailed information will be sent out in due course. We wanted to reassure you that we are doing all we can to make sure that students are not disadvantaged in any way and that we'll work with them to ensure they are able to succeed in their GCSEs and A levels.