Dear Parents/Carers of Year 11 Students

We hope you and your family are well in these unprecedented times. The following is to provide information on how your child’s qualifications will be awarded this summer and to make sure your son or daughter is secure with the route they are now taking with post 16 qualifications or training.

The Office of Qualifications & Examination Regulation (Ofqual) has asked that all schools provide a ‘Centre Assessed Grade’’ of what each pupil would have achieved. This will form the basis for what pupils will be awarded. As a school, we have very strong systems that track each student’s progress in every subject. As such, we are in a very good position to be able to accurately inform Ofqual what they would have achieved.

We understand and appreciate that this is a worrying time and that students will be very concerned about their future. As you will appreciate, to protect the integrity of this process, we must ask that students do not contact their teachers asking for any information about their grades.

As a school we are working very hard to ensure that every student obtains the qualifications that they deserve, to move on to the next stage of their lives. Until there is more certainty it is advised that you to refer to the national press releases from Ofqual. Please see the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual

As a school we are still in communication with relevant colleges and training organisations. The colleges themselves have also been in direct contact with your son or daughter related to the qualifications or course they applied for. We will therefore share on the school website as much information available to ensure that appropriate steps are being taken.

Best wishes, 

Mr P Faulkner
Head of Year 11


GCSE Results Day

It has been confirmed that Year 11 pupils will receive their GCSE grades on the original date of Thurs, 20 August 2020. 

More details will follow closer to the date.

Preparation For Continued Study

These booklets have been produced by Lancashire County Council's Secondary Consultant Team and give some advice on how students in Year 11 can prepare for the next phase in their education or employment during the school closures as a result of the Coronavirus.  There are sections on A-level and Functional Skills.

Year 11 Preparation to continued study documents

Continued study of Science

If any Year 11 pupils are thinking of studying A-Level science, there are some interesting links for you to have a look at. 

Biology – This is an interesting watch.  Lots of information on cells and particularly viruses!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nln7d

Physics – Follow the link to be part of a Physics department's Journal Club, and a weekly discussion of scientific papers.
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/outreach/journalclub

Chemistry – A useful introduction to starting A-Level chemistry.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi6oabjl6coxUlfu8syK3K0iFXQIjwDUM

Year 11 Careers support documents

Apprenticeships

For pupils wishing to progress to an apprenticeship, please be aware of the potential impact on the availability of apprenticeships due to the Covid-19 situation: it is possible that the number of apprenticeship opportunities may be reduced in the new academic year as some businesses and sectors have been badly affected. Please maintain contact with your local post-16 provider as they will be aware of the support and additional measures being put in place to support young people at this time.  This may include bridging activities for September applicants, virtual open days and campus tours.

Preston North End Community & Education Trust

Added 1.6.20:

Study a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Sport with PNE Community & Education Trust

Students leaving high school this summer can study for a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Sport at PNE from September 2020, with the chance to represent the Trust by playing football alongside your studies. 

The education programme at Preston North End CET is an exciting opportunity for both males and females aged 16 and over to continue their education and career development through playing football and Futsal representing Preston North End Football Club.

This unique experience combines engaging, small group educational lessons and sports modules with tutors, with the opportunity to train and develop with UEFA/FA qualified coaches, gain exclusive work experience and represent Preston North End in regional and national competitions.

Preston North End offer both a Level Two and a Level Three Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise.  Watch their full presentation of the courses here >> www.pnefc.net/pnecet/education/education2/    

For further information or to express an interest go to >> www.pnefc.net/pnecet/education/register-your-interest-in-the-education-programme-at-pne/  

Runshaw College

Update from Runshaw College 13.5.20:

Virtual Offer Holders’ VIP Event - Mon, 8 - Weds, 10 June

This event will give Year 11 pupils who have applied to Runshaw College the chance to explore their next steps in more detail, and on their own time, whilst also allowing them the chance to interact live with key people from their courses.

Please note that this is a registration-only event so you must sign up beforehand.  There is a slim chance that the college might have to limit the live event numbers, and if so, they will work on a first come, first served basis so pupils are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Further information and to register, visit>>> www.runshaw.ac.uk/year-11-virtual-offer-holders-virtual-vip-event-invitation/

Update from Runshaw College 30.4.20:

This past week we have received quite a few questions from schools regarding our offer of places to Year 11 students.

Please rest assured that as a 'Partner High School' of Runshaw College, we guarantee your students a place with us when they apply before our deadline, and the only conditions attached to this are what they have applied for, and then in August what grades they achieve. 

It's a bit like the students having a chair with their name on it at Runshaw, which class that goes in, and to which level of study, depends on what they choose and what grades they achieve…I’ll admit it’s a bit of an odd image but it’s always my go to when explaining the Partner School Promise!

If for any reason a student doesn’t quite achieve the grades for the course/s they were hoping for we will always discuss each student’s individual circumstances with them and will always offer them an alternative programme/course of study, no matter what, that chair remains!

Preston's College 

Update from Preston's College 6.5.20:

Preston's College has launched its Sprint Start* platform where all new students who have been interviewed and offered a place can access pre-course information and activities relating to their specific course.  Student’s should have received a link via text and email.  Applicants will also receive a personalised newsletter sent their home address to keep up the positive engagement.

The college is still continuing to conduct telephone interviews for any new applicants and this will continue going forward. Any students with queries can ring them between 9am-5pm on 01772 225774 or email guidance@preston.ac.uk

They are working hard to ensure all applicants continue to get the best possible experience despite the current restrictions in place and are there if you need help and advice.

*Sprint Start programme aims to provide programme information and learning activity across the range of the curriculum. This is ideal for those pupils who aspire to progress into technical or apprenticeship learning, but it will also support others in developing an understanding of technical programmes, and how they link to future employment.

Preston's College support documents

  • Preston's College is offering a drop-in service where parents, guardians and students can telephone between 3-5pm with any concerns about college courses, careers or just general questions about college life. They are there to help and want students to feel they have the best possible service even in these unprecedented times. The number is 01772 225774 and this will be emailed and text to all applicants.
  • Their Level 6 Careers Guidance Advisers will also be available for any applicant unsure of their next steps. An appointment can be booked by emailing guidance@preston.ac.uk
  • The college is working hard with their curriculum tutors to put things in place for prospective students where they can access work and materials to prepare for college life. These will be uploaded to their College Canvas platform and all students again will be emailed with how to access this.
  • The college's Careers Coach website is now fully operational for Year 11 students to access information on Courses, Careers and CV building. This can support pupils in researching longer term careers and opportunities and also in developing a CV and Personal Statements.To access Career Coach please visit https://preston.emsicc.com/.
  • All Year 11 Preston's College applicants yet to be interviewed will be contacted via telephone for their interview. They are conducting these daily and working through these to still offer an exceptional service. At the request of parents these can also be done via Skype or Microsoft teams.