Dear Students (and Parents/Carers of Year 13)
Throughout this year, it has been your year group that has concerned me most about the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic. In any “normal” year, this is a significant time in your lives and so the added complications of these unprecedented times has meant that you have had a considerable amount of uncertainty regarding the next steps, not only in education but in life. You have managed this superbly, showing all the resilience, optimism and courage that I have come to expect from you.
In April this year, as an Academy we worked hard to pull together Centre Assessed Grades to send to the Department for Education. We formulated these grades on the basis of mock exams, teacher assessments and classwork. As Principal, I am confident that these grades reflected you as individuals. The Department of Education then used a formula to identify your grade.
In recent days, it has become apparent that nationwide there has been a large downgrading of these teacher assessment grades. As a whole, Longfield Academy was not affected enormously, but for the small number of students this will have affected, it is a disappointment and could affect their next steps.
Over the next few days, we will be working to support those students for whom this has had an impact on. We await further guidance from the Department for Education and once this is clear, the Academy will contact you again if you have been negatively affected by this downgrading.
In the meantime, I want you to be proud of the hard work you have put in, the strength of character you have shown, and understand that these results are not the sole indicator of you as a young adult – just steps to the next exciting new part of your life.
Alex O’Donnell, Principal