Monday 8th March 2021

Dear Parent, Carers and Students,

This morning, it was announced that the Cambridge Assessment International examinations have been cancelled on the Isle of Man.

This means that all examinations have now been cancelled – GCSE, IGCSE, A Level and BTEC Level 1, 2 and 3 and your teachers will determine the grades that you will receive, based on work that you submit between now and early June. Over the coming weeks, the various exam boards will be providing further details about the arrangements for awarding qualifications. However, what we know with absolute certainty is that schools will be required to have examples of your work that supports the grade you have been given in each subject.

A lockdown was the last thing that anyone wanted to happen, especially so close to the start of what would have been the examination season. I can imagine that many of you are feeling anxious about the requirement to provide evidence towards the centre-determined grades. Please be assured that we will do all we can to support you through these next few months.

There are, however, some things you can do to help yourselves. It is vitally important that you continue to complete the work your teachers will be setting. This will allow you to continue to learn important information you may need in the future. The work you submit will be used as part of the evidence for your final grades. If your teachers set you past paper questions, please make sure you complete them to the best of your ability. Keep them somewhere safe, as your teachers will want to mark them on your return to school. If they request that you send them back electronically, please make sure they are returned promptly. Any work you complete must be your own.

If you have any questions, please speak up. Your teachers will be only too happy to help. Most importantly, stay safe and look after each other.

I hope to see you all very soon.

P. A. Burnett,

Head Teacher