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Centre-specific impact of COVID-19 in 2020 on students applying through UCAS

This information is provided to explain the centre-specific impact on current Year 13 students of the Lockdown and school closures in March-August 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended to complement individual student UCAS references as per the guidance issued by UCAS.

Loss of teaching time and alternative provision

  • Remote, non-live, teaching began immediately following the school closure on 20th March for all students – this was delivered via our online homework platform.
  • Remote teaching continued to follow the ‘normal’ curriculum, with students being set an equivalent amount of work as they would usually cover in lessons and homework.
  • Live online teaching began immediately for some subjects, with others introducing this at a later stage – all students received some online teaching in their A Level subjects by the end of the summer term, with the amount varying significantly from subject to subject.
  • Students deemed to be most in need of face-to-face teaching returned to school in June/July for one or two 2-hour lessons in some of their A Level subjects. Provision varied between subjects and students.
  • Many students were able to continue their work in all of their subjects and keep up to date with their A Level curricula – but some were unable to do so for a variety of reasons. Circumstances specific to students are noted in their UCAS references.

Disruption to university application process

  • There has been no disruption to the university application process for current Year 13 students; Higher Education information sessions were provided prior to the school closure and students remained in touch with their personal tutorials throughout the closure period.

Impact on the information used to determine predicted grades

  • Formal internal assessments did not take place at the end of Year 12 as they would usually.
  • Predicted grades have been calculated taking into account internal assessments throughout last academic year, including work completed online and in person where applicable during the school closure period.

Further information can be provided if required by Ms Katie Hasler, Head of Sixth Form:



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