Extenuating circumstances of COVID-19 pandemic on our Year 13 cohort:
Our College opened in 2013, our current Year 13 cohort being only our second cohort of A-Level students. Therefore, our students have not had the advantage of seeing previous Year 13 cohorts going through the process of preparing for, and sitting, A-Level examinations.
This year group has been significantly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the second half of the summer term of Year 12 when students were able to return to College, our students had four hours of face-to-face teaching for each of their A-Level subjects. For the rest of that term, as had been the case for the previous half a term, they were taught remotely with varied levels of student engagement.
Since the start of Year 13, this year group have had to undertake various periods of self-isolation as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The whole cohort had to self isolate for two weeks in November. Some students have also had to self-isolate for additional two week periods, due to being in close contact with someone who received a positive test result. This has had an adverse impact on their preparations for their A-Level examinations, as well as their drafting of their Personal Statements for their university applications.