Important Information

Year 11 Important Dates

April 23, 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

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

What’s happening?

  • Exams are cancelled this summer for GCSEs, AS-levels and A-levels, as well as some VTQs
  • Instead of exams, pupils will receive grades based on assessments by their teachers
  • Teacher-assessed grades will be sent to the exam board to be processed

How will teachers make judgements on grades?

  • They’ll use a range of evidence of pupils’ work, like coursework, practice papers and classwork, to inform their decisions
  • Teachers will let pupils know what evidence they’ll use before submitting grades to the exam board. This is so pupils can confirm it’s their own work, and let teachers know of any mitigating circumstances that might have affected it
  • Teachers will only assess pupils based on what they’ve been taught

How will we know grades are awarded fairly?

  • Our school will have an internal quality assurance process in place that will take into consideration our results in previous years. This is to make sure teachers’ judgements aren’t too harsh or lenient.

Can we still appeal?

  • Yes, all pupils will have the right to appeal their grade. For example, if you wish to appeal, you should talk to Rob Giles, Head of School, in the first instance
  • If you appeal, we’ll carry out a review to make sure we’ve followed all processes correctly and that we haven’t made an error in your grade.
  • If we do find an error, we’ll submit your revised grade to the exam board. If the board is satisfied, it will issue a revised grade.
  • If we don’t believe an error has been made, you can ask us to appeal to the board on your behalf. We’ll share the evidence your teacher used to set your grade, and the board will review it to see if we made the right judgement. If they find the grade we set isn’t reasonable, they’ll provide an alternative grade.
  • If you disagree with the school’s or the exam board’s decision, you can refer the issue to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS). The exam board will have the final say unless the EPRS finds that it has made an error.

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.

Assessment Weeks

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.



Head Teacher

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