Year 10 English Literature GCSE

31st March 2021

Dear Parent,

I am writing to let you know that after much consideration the college has decided not to enter Year 10 students for their English Literature GCSE this academic year.  The students will instead take their English Literature examinations along with their other GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. English teachers will be sharing this information with students today.

Our Year 10 students have worked with maturity and determination during two lockdown situations.  It has become clear to us however that the processes and evidence required by exam boards to support the awarding of grades this summer disadvantages our Year 10 students and could lead to them being given a lower grade than they are capable of.  As a school I believe we have a moral imperative to ensure that our students achieve their potential hence the decision to defer entry in English Literature until the end of Year 11.

Please be assured that the work you child has completed so far, both in college and online, remains valid and of value and will be revisited during the preparation for the summer 2022 examinations.  The upcoming Year 10 English Literature internal assessment on Monday 26th April should still be taken seriously by students as it will give an indication of current attainment.  This could also then be used to support teacher assessed grades if we find ourselves in a similar situation in the run up to next summer’s GCSE examinations or if our students encounter further disruption to their studies.

Thank you in advance for your support and understanding and please be assured that this decision has been taken to ensure that every student achieves their potential in English Literature.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at college.

Yours sincerely,

Greg McClarey