14th May 2021

Dear Students, Parents & Carers,

You may be aware that the Government have released some updated advice to schools for implementation from Monday, 17 May as we take Step three on the roadmap out of lockdown. One of the changes refers to face coverings. The guidance states that ‘based on the current state of the pandemic and the positive progress being made, it is no longer necessary to recommend the additional precautionary face covering measures put in place from 8 March’. This means that ‘face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils in classrooms or communal areas in all schools’. Staff and visitors are recommended to continue to wear face coverings ‘in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).’ However, we add to this that should students wish to carry on wearing their face coverings then they are welcome to do so. It is important to note that any student travelling on a bus, whether that be a public bus or a dedicated school transport bus, face coverings must still be worn. Therefore, please ensure that all students who travel on a bus to or from school continue to have a face covering with them. Additionally, face coverings for students may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern.

The Asymptomatic LFD testing is continuing, so if your child is doing this, then please ensure that this carries on and results are reported to both the Government and the school. Anyone with a positive test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance and book a further PCR test to confirm the result.

Step four on the roadmap is due to be reviewed by the Government for 21 June (this date is subject to change), so we will be reviewing any guidance released at that time and acting accordingly.

With regard to any upcoming events in school, risk assessments will be completed in the planning stage to ensure that they are run in line with our systems of controls and align with the advice contained within Government guidance.

A few important dates:          

  • Year 13            Friday 21st May – Celebration assembly 9.50am to 10.50am in the Main Hall and last day of term.
  • Year 12            From Monday 24th May, the lesson times for Year 12 will line up with the current Year 13 times, this is as the majority of Year 13 students will have finished and staggered movement around the building is no longer a necessity.

Lesson 1

8.50 – 10.00

Lesson 2 / 3

10.35 – 12.40

Lesson 4 / 5

13.10 – 15.15

  • Year 12            Thursday 1st July – End of year Trial exams start      

We have set up a Summer 2021 Exams page within the VI Form website, where you can access our policy on TAGS (teacher assessed grades),  guidance on how teacher assessed grades are being produced for each subject and links to the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications). https://www.iwef.org.uk/theislandviform/assessment-2021/

I hope that this information is helpful, but should you require any further assistance or guidance, please don’t hesitate in contacting us.

Enjoy your weekend,

Dave Mumford

Head of School – The Island VI Form