Students, parents and carers
You will be aware from the Government announcement that all examinations for the summer of 2020 have been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
We all know how hard you have all been working towards your assessments and/or exams. We are all very proud of the progress you have made this year.
It is very important for all learners to maintain their learning and progress until further guidance is available. It is important that you continue to believe in yourselves and continue to focus on your studies.
Remote learning is being set by teachers across the Chichester College Group. All students should continue to undertake the work set by their teachers.
Students in year 2 will be able to re-sit exams early next academic year if they wish or in summer 2021. Otherwise, they will be awarded a grade based on teacher judgements (which teachers will make based on mocks and non-exam assessment, guided by Department for Education (DfE)/Ofqual advice) combined with prior attainment and other data. The precise process will be decided soon by the Government and communicated as soon as possible.
For vocational courses where work has already been completed and assessed, these grades are likely to form part of the judgement. The arrangements for qualifications with practical units or work placement requirements will be decided soon by the Government and communicated as soon as possible.
Grades will be available hopefully by the end of July, and have a similar distribution as in previous years. There will be an appeal process put in place.
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Thank you for your patience in this difficult time. All staff within Chichester College Group are fully committed to supporting you through these tough times. We will still be here for you (wherever and however that is possible).
The Leadership Team,
Chichester College Group
How will the college closing affect my qualifications?
We understand that many students will be worrying about the impact of the college closure on their qualifications. We will provide you with updates as soon as exam boards and the government publish more detailed guidance for how qualifications will be awarded. It is very important that you continue to work hard on all assignments which may contribute to your final outcome until further notice.
How do I report myself absent?
As students are currently completing learning remotely and still receiving support from teachers and tutors, it is important that we still know when you are ill so that we can take this into account with work deadlines. Please report illness by emailing the college on every day of your illness before the start of your first lesson at email@example.com.
How will the college interview students who are applying for courses starting in September?
As the college is currently closed, all interviews are postponed until further notice. We realise this is disappointing, but we are looking at alternative ways to provide you with an effective initial advice and guidance interview. The college will be in touch as soon as possible to inform you of the new arrangements.
Should I come into college?
Attendance at college is for students who meet Government criteria and have no other options.
If you did not attend college today (Monday 23 March) and you think you need to come to college during this closure period, you must follow the steps outlined below:
Consider if do you actually need to attend college, as per Government advice this should be a last resort and your teaching teams are busy setting things up for you to have work packs or study online;
If you do need to attend college and meet the criteria set out by the Government, you must email StudentCOV19Enquiries@chigroup.ac.uk to inform us that you would like to attend. A member of the college team will call you back to confirm your place and the arrangement for you to attend;
Do not attend college unless you have had a place confirmed.
Thank you for helping us to keep you, our students and our staff safe.