Year 11 latest updates
Articles are not necessarily in date order. All articles are dated and therefore pupils should scroll down the page to ensure they are aware of all updates.
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.
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.
Mr P Faulkner
Head of Year 11
GCSE Results Day
You should have hopefully received a text message asking you to confirm whether you will be coming into school to collect your GCSE results or, alternatively, wish for them to be emailed to you directly. If you have chosen the email option, you must provide us with your personal email address (not your school email or your parents'). You can do this by simply replying to the text mentioned above, which was sent to your parent, or emailing Mr Gee at email@example.com.
If you have chosen to collect your results from school, then school will open at 11.00am. You must enter school on your own and follow the instructions from the staff who are present. All relevant social distancing measures will be in place and parents will be required to stay in their cars at all times, parents will unfortunately not be allowed to enter the school.
A copy of the letter issued by Mr Gee can be accessed and download from the document group below.
GCSE Results Grading & Standardisation Video
Although aimed at teaching staff, this video on how GCSE grades will be calculated this year may provide some reassurance to you and your parents/carers.
Exam board, AQA's Director of Research & Regulation talks through how centre assessment grades are standardised to determine students' grades this summer.
Return of locker keys and collecting belongings
Could all Year 11 pupils now return their locker key and collect any belongings they may have left in their locker. This must be done before Fri, 19 June.
Keys can be returned at Reception any Monday to Friday term time between 9.30am and 2.30pm. If a parent is doing this on your behalf please ensure they know your locker number. When you come into school we ask that you adhere to the social distancing measures in place and use the hand sanitisers provided.
The £5 deposit will be returned with a final Year 11 refund at the end of the summer term.
Please note that locker items which are not collected when returning keys will be disposed of, as will all items that have not been retrieved by the end of the summer term.
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!
Physics – Follow the link to be part of a Physics department's Journal Club, and a weekly discussion of scientific papers.
Chemistry – A useful introduction to starting A-Level chemistry.
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.
Training 2000 - Traineeships & Apprenticeships Vacancies
Q&A with their teams - see image, right.
Training 2000 has been established for over 50 years offering apprenticeship programmes across multiple industry sectors. In 2017, Training 2000 became part of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) meaning that our apprentices have a direct route to a Degree Apprenticeship.
For further information and apprenticeship vacancies in Preston and Chorley, please see documents below (see Year 11 Careers support documents).
NLTG - Apprenticeship Vacancies
Please see below list of active apprenticeship vacancies that NLTG have available. The companies below are keen to recruit and are still actively looking for a new apprentice to join their team. If you are interested, please go to the website http://www.nltg.co.uk/ to complete the online application form.
If you require further details on the vacancies below please search the highlighted reference numbers on their site and it will come up with the full job details.
North Lancs Training Group Ltd | Vocational Centre of Excellence | Old Bakery | Grange Lane | Accrington | Lancashire | BB5 2BU
Preston's College - Careers Coach Platform
Preston's College has also invested in a new Careers Coach platform that is now fully operational for Years 10 and 11 students to access information on Courses, Careers and CV building.
To access Career Coach please visit https://preston.emsicc.com.
You can also view their prospectus and full range of courses at www.preston.ac.uk/14-19-school-leavers
Preston's College - Enrolment & Induction
If you are considering Preston’s College as your next step after Priory, please see below information which we have received from them. This information is accompanied by two documents which you will find at the bottom of this page under the heading 'Preston's College Support Documents'.
We can now fully confirm all enrolment details for Year 11 learners who have been offered a place starting in September 2020.
On Friday 26th June we started the enrolment communication by sending all offered students a text and email with their 3 steps to enrolment, which are as follows:
From Tuesday 30th June everybody will have received an attached copy of their enrolment guide to their home address, explaining the enrolment process and College information.
From Monday 6th July all school leavers will receive a personalized enrolment account with instructions attached, to their email where they can log in and update their personal details and then accept their place on the course.
From Thursday 20th August they will be able to log back in to their account and upload their GCSE results and complete their enrolment. We will then send induction information and start dates out via post.
We realise that on results some students may have queries regarding entry criteria and we will be putting in place telephone hotlines to support these learners and get them on the correct level of course. Over summer we will be open and staff will be on hand every day to support new learners if they have any questions on 01772 225774 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org We are also introducing a new live chat feature on our website in the coming weeks.
If you looking to further your education at Preston’s College please note that enrolment for the majority will be virtual this year.
The college has started communications with prospective learners, and from Mon 29 June they will be sending each learner a link to their registered email where they can log in and update all their personal details and accept their place on the chosen course. On GCSE results day you will then be able to login and upload your GCSE results and complete their enrolment.
The college will be open over the enrolment period for learners with SEND requirements and students who don’t have internet access in order to work with these learners to ensure the enrolment process is a smooth transition.
All prospective learners will receive an enrolment guide on the 29 June with the step by step process and this should allow students to enrol without any issues. You can also contact them by phone on 01772 225774 or by emailing email@example.com.
Within the enrolment guide will be a letter from the principal that explains the induction process to new learners and their approach for students starting in September. It’s looking at the moment like there will be a blended approach of onsite and online learning where students come into college one day a week. They will however be giving all students the induction information, along with their timetable, once you are enrolled.
Preston's College - Sprint Start
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
- 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.
Hutton Grammar Sixth Form
Hutton Sixth Form offers a mix of A levels (see image). Students can take either 3 or 4 A level subjects over 2 years and boast average classes size of twelve.
The school also offers the EPQ to all Year 12 students; this is an independent research project that carries UCAS points equivalent to half an A level.
Hutton has a wide range of extra curricular activities from debating to social events such sports to performing arts to trips and visits. They also run an ASPIRE Group to support and challenge students who achieve at least 4 grade 8s or 9s at GCSE.
View their prospectus at
Apply electronically via the online application form at:
Jobs & Careers eBook
This eBook provides the opportunity to delve deep and find out what your passions are and what would really make you happy in a job. This Education Special will help you find the industry for you. From social care, finance, civil service and housing take a look...
Careers in Finance, Accountancy & Banking
If you are considering a career in Finance, please take a look at this easy to follow guide via the link below which includes an overview, pathways, skills and qualities that you will need.
National Careers Service Virtual Careers Fair
The National Careers service is hosting a virtual careers fair on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #JobsHour. This is a national careers fair broken down into regions over a week from 8-12 June. The North West Jobs Hour is on Mon, 8 June from 1pm-2pm - facebook.com/events/263508164730959/
Employers and local National Careers Service teams will be posting live vacancies and expert advisers will be on hand to answer any questions you have, and they'll be hosting a special Facebook live employment workshop in the middle of the week!
If you're looking for a job, go along in your local hour to see live vacancies in your area from a wide range of employers.
Royal Navy Careers
Contact for enquiries -
CPO M Bowman MSc Office Manager
Preston North End Community & Education Trust
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/
Update from Runshaw College 11.6.20
Runshaw College now has a new Year 11 Offer Holders’ web page which was used this week for their Year 11 Offer Holders’ VIP Event. Go to: www.runshaw.ac.uk/virtual-offer-holders-event/
The college also continues to regularly update their Year 11 bridging resources page which can be viewed at www.runshaw.ac.uk/study-at-runshaw/exciting-links-for-year-11-students/.
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!