Headmaster's Message 18th May

Dear parents and students,

This is my final message of the half-term before the holiday next week. You have persevered remarkably well during this unprecedented period and the vast majority of students have done very well to keep their studies on track. There is time to catch up on Friday and during the holiday next week if required.

This week is Year 9 Assessment Week, online through Microsoft Teams, and I wish the boys good luck! This is a new venture for us and might lead for similar assessments for other Year groups this term. Please ensure that your sons keep to their timetables.

Staff are continuing to set assignments and challenges throughout the week for Years 7, 8, 10 & 12.

We are also continuing to deliberate and work hard to ensure accurate and fair Centre Assessed Grades for Years 11 and 13  in line with Ofqual guidance.

The DfE has updated its guidance about the return of some age groups to education after half-term and after the 1st June. It appears that Years 7,8 and 9 will not return to the College before September so we will maintain and develop our online tuition and assessment for them. The DfE advocates some “face to face” contact with teachers before the end of the term and Academic Year for students in Years 10 and 12, but this has not been defined so we are exploring the possibilities, within the context of safety and scientific advice, in conjunction with Wirral Local Authority and other Wirral secondary schools. The Prime Minister will be making an education-specific announcement on 28th May which will clarify the national picture in the context of the medical and scientific advice about school re-opening.

 I hope that you and your families are in good health and able to cope with the family, health, educational, social, work and economic consequences of the Coronavirus crisis and school closure. Please remain confident that we are here to support you.

The College remains open for the sons of essential workers this week and during half-term, thanks to the commitment of staff volunteers.

I hope that you and your sons will have the opportunity for some relaxation over the Bank Holiday weekend and at Half Term.

Yours in Christ,
Simon Duggan