SQA Coursework Letter

Dear Parent, Carer and Young Person,

Firstly, can I apologise for yet another letter giving more information? I am sure you will appreciate that many decisions are being made daily at present and in this ever-changing situation we are reviewing our practice continually.

Yesterday, we issued a letter stating that every young person in S4, S5 and S6 with outstanding coursework should attend school on Monday. In light of the latest guidance around social distancing and the address by the First Minister last night, I have made the decision that we will no longer continue with this plan. I cannot risk the health and safety of our young people and staff and go against the Scottish Government guidance by having young people in school for this reason. Whilst I know this may cause anxiety in young people who have outstanding coursework to complete, I am confident our staff can make sound judgements on progress using the evidence they currently have. For some departments such as Art and DET it may be possible to complete work at home and departments will be in contact if this is appropriate. No young person will be disadvantaged by this.

The position across the country in relation to this is not consistent and when we hopefully find ourselves in calmer times, we will work with the SQA on this. The SQA are also expected to make a further statement next week which I will share with you.

I hope you will understand how difficult this decision this has been to make as Head Teacher, but the health and safety of our school community is my absolute priority. We will continue to share information and updates regularly and staff will continue to link with young people through online learning over the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued support,
Lyndsay McRoberts