Over the last two years there have been no formal GCSE Summer exam series and students’ education has been disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In response to this the exam boards have put together a package of support that has been put in place for students taking their GCSE qualifications in Summer 2022. This is intended to make sure the exam boards and regulatory bodies are being as fair as possible to students given the disruption they have experienced, and many continue to face, due to the pandemic.

To help students revise, we have summarised the advanced information for the relevant qualifications here and provided you with useful resources which will support your child’s revision programme. It is important to read this carefully so your child is not revising a topic that isn’t coming up. Further guidance has also been provided by your child’s teacher in their lessons.

Advance information is one part of the package of changes for 2022. For some qualifications there have been other changes, such as optionality, changes to non-exam assessment (NEA) and fieldwork requirements, and providing equation sheets in exams, the exact approach will vary subject by subject.

Should you have any questions regarding this, please do email the relevant head of subject, however I hope you will find our summary self explanatory.

Furthermore, a reminder that GCSE results day will be Thursday 25 August.

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Academy Summer Showcase

The Summer showcase performance will take place on Wednesday 22 June at the Academy. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and refreshments will be available. Tickets are £3 for adults, £2 for students/concessions and will be on general release from 16 June. Tickets must be purchased in advance via ParentPay as they will not be on sale on the door.

Laptops for Students

All Year 11 students at New Rickstones Academy, in Witham, are being given a Chromebook laptop for their GCSE year.

During the annual Year 11 welcome evening, students and their parents were surprised with the gift from the school. Head of school Simon Gibbs said: “We are here, as an academy, to support our students and their parents. The evening is all about getting them ready for their final year of secondary school. “To recognise the difficult year this cohort have had with the pandemic and to make sure no student has a barrier to achieving their very best, we gifted them a Chromebook laptop each. Every student has been allocated a Chromebook, which can be used at school and at home to complete their work. “It has become apparent over the last year, with remote learning, how many students do not have laptops for themselves and are having to share with the rest of their families. The gift means students no longer have to worry about sharing laptops with other students or classes at school and means those without their own devices at home can work whenever they need to, rather than waiting until the family laptop is available. Everyone should be able to access what they need to. “As a Google school, all coursework is on Google Classroom and so the Chromebook helps them to access this system, as well as revision sites. It really sets them off on the right foot for Year 11 by removing what can be a massive barrier to some. “The laptops were really well received. There was a real buzz during the evening.”

During the welcome evening, students were given an insight into the year ahead, with revision tips and resources shared, as well as in-depth conversations with their subject teachers. Student Leah said: “These will really help us to achieve the best grades we can in coursework and exams.” Rianna said: “Homework and online revision is going to be way more effective now we have our own device.” Joe said: “Everything just becomes more accessible with your own Chromebook, in school and at home.”

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