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Letter to Parents 22/01/2021

Dear Parent / Carer

From the news today it appears that cases have either plateaued or are beginning to decline. This is positive news although there has been no announcement yet as to when schools will re-open for pupils to return to face-to-face learning. Welsh Government initially made the decision to close until January 29, although it appears likely this will be extended to February half term. As ever, I will update as we receive information.

GCSE Announcement

On Wednesday it was confirmed that pupils will not be required to sit exams this year. Rather, GCSE grades will be awarded by schools based on the evidence they have available. They will be known as Centre Determined Grades (CDGs). We are still awaiting guidance on which parts of the GCSE course must be assessed and what evidence we need to gather but staff will be communicating with students directly as things become clearer. Below is a copy of the Minister’s announcement for you to read. I also wrote directly to Year 11 pupils yesterday and shared with them a letter from Qualifications Wales.

https://www.argoedhs.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Written-Statement_-Update-on-General-Qualifications-in-2021-20-January-2021–GOV.WALES.pdf

My advice to students is to complete all work set to their best of their ability. Any grade that staff submit must be backed up by evidence of the students’ achievement and progress. If they are unsure of the process or have questions then encourage them to contact us with their concerns. Some students in Year 10 may also be affected by this announcement if they were due to complete an entire GCSE this year. Curriculum Leaders will be reviewing this and contacting where appropriate.

Provision for Key Worker and Vulnerable Children

We continue to offer this provision for those children who qualify. Please confirm with school by Thursday every week if you wish to apply or continue to receive a place.

Remember, this offer should only be taken up where there is no alternative.

Finally, I would like to finish with some positive information. One of our students, Rowan Bellis is attempting to raise money and awareness this weekend for teenage mental health. I have enclosed a brief description from Rowan below and hope you will support him. It is great to see one of our pupils tackling something we can all relate to and making a positive contribution.

Hi my name’s Rowan I’m in year 9 and I’m raising money to help towards teenage mental health because this past year has been a tough one, and I’m holding an interactive gaming marathon on the 23rd of January from 12noon. Anyone’s welcome to join and get involved.

I’ve set up a JustGiving page and donations are very

welcome. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rowanbaker2 Hope to see some faces from school during the marathon to support the charity YoungMinds.

Best wishes and stay safe everyone. Paul Smith

Headteacher

Parent and pupil “practical hints and tips” on the safe use of ICT
equipment at home. –

https://www.argoedhs.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Parent-and-pupil-hints-and-tips-live-learning-Jan-2021-FINAL-FCC-Issued-1.pdf