April 23, 2021
I understand that the last 12 months have been a very difficult time to navigate and as a school we have found this incredibly challenging too. I would firstly like to take this opportunity to express how proud I am of all of our Y11 learners, especially how they have adapted to life in a pandemic, and how they have returned to school during this time. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch them grow and develop into the young adults they are becoming. It has been a pleasure to get to know every one of them.
Centre Assessed Grades
How will teachers make judgements on grades?
How will we know grades are awarded fairly?
Can we still appeal?
I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of some important updates, specific to Year 11 in the upcoming weeks, and to offer your child our continued support. The information and dates we are providing are based on the current government guidance available to us as of 15.04.2021.
The final formal assessments for all Year 11 learners will take place from the Monday 3rd May 2021 until Friday 21st May 2021.
Year 11 last day of on-site education
The last day of on-site education for Year 11 learners will be Thursday 27th May 2021 as the school is closed for a training day on Friday 28th May 2021. There will be no requirement for Year 11 learners to continue attending school in the week commencing 7th June 2021 unless they are requested to complete any further assessments.
Post 16 Destination Support
I know many of you have been working with our Careerwave Careers advisor, Alexandra Potter, to support your Post 16 plans. I am really proud of hearing what your children are applying for and what courses they have been offered. These sessions will continue to support our learners throughout the summer term, ensuring that all learners have had the opportunity to discuss their futures. Opportunities for further support will be available on a needs basis.
From Wednesday 9th June 2021, we are going to be offering ‘drop-in sessions’ every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon with our careers lead. These will run until the end of the Summer Term to support any of our Year 11 pupils in applying for college, apprenticeships, job applications etc. These sessions will be available from 1.30pm but you must ring the school to arrange an appointment first – this allows us to ensure that we can keep people safe.
Moving forward, our one-to-one tutor team will be in touch to discuss these sessions too and how we will continue to support your child throughout the Summer and Autumn Terms.
Year 11 Celebration Assembly
On Friday 25th June I would like to invite you and your child to attend our Year 11 celebration event. These will take place at The Pallion Conference Centre, 1.30-2.30pm. You will have the opportunity to say farewell to some of the school staff, and your son/daughter will be given their file of achievement which includes a record of their time at The Link School.
GCSE Results Day
This year, in England and Wales, GCSE results are out on Thursday 12th August 2021. Learners will be able to come into The Link School, Pallion from 9am to collect their exam results. They will also have the opportunity to speak to key staff around Post 16 destinations.
As a school, we will continue to support you and your families moving forward, don’t be afraid to ask – we continue to be all in this together.
Please continue to stay safe and well.
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Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR3 4EE
Tel: 0191 561 5777
Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA
Tel: 0191 561 4777