I hope this letter finds you and your family well and adjusting well to the easing of restrictions. This has been a very busy term across the school but we are beginning to see the light of the holidays coming soon! There are a few things I wish to update you on at this point.
The final senior assessment block will complete next week and marking and moderation is underway across the school. We know how challenging this period has been for young people and families as they navigated their way through the last month and we are very proud of the way our young people have coped with such a difficult set of circumstances. Teachers will now be looking at evidence and determining Provisional Awards for each young person. We hope to issue Provisional Award information week beginning June 21st, these are likely to be sent to young people’s GLOW email accounts at the end of the school day. Provisional Awards will then be sent to SQA who will issue certificates in August. We are awaiting information on the SQA Appeal process for this year and information will be issued to young people and Parents in due course. A reminder that all the information relating to the Alternative Certification Model is available under the ACM2021 tab on the school website.
We intend to change the school timetable on Monday June 7th 2021. Young people will attend Registration on the morning of June 7th to collect their new timetable. Senior Leaders and Pupil Support staff will be on hand to address any changes or issues during the morning. For young people that have chosen to attend College for a Foundation Apprenticeship or GradU8 course, these will not start until August. Pupil Support Teachers will be contact with details of arrangements until June 24th 2021.
Whilst it is wonderful to see some of the Covid mitigations being lifted across the country, it is important that within school, the current health and safety measures are still adhered too. Young people must wear a face covering at all times within the building and hand-sanitise on entry and exit to the building and classes. All school mitigations must be followed until Scottish Government guidance changes. Please ensure your child attends school with a face covering.
Information on the start of the new term in August, uniform expectations and any changes to Covid guidance will be issued in June.
I don’t think anyone working in a school will remember a time as challenging as the past few months. Our young people have been exceptional, have risen to each challenge and still continue to drive on with hope for a more normal August return. As a Parent, I also understand the extreme difficulties in maintaining family life over the past few months and keeping young people calm and focused during this time. Please accept our thanks for all you have done and continue to do to support your young people and in turn helping to support the school – there are brighter days coming!