We do seem to be back in the swing of a typical school term now, the school grounds are bursting into colour, the school day is finishing later, and a more normal programme of clubs and activities are running after lessons finish.

The teaching staff in the senior school are currently very focused on collecting sufficient evidence from each student to enable us to make accurate centre assessed grades for all students in exam years. We are specifically forbidden from sharing the grades we submit to the exam boards by Ofqual and the JCQ, but we will be letting you and your child know which pieces of evidence will be used. Please watch out for this information coming out in the next few weeks. If you feel there is a reason why a piece of work we intend to use is not representative of your child’s ability, then we need to know. There obviously needs to be a good reason why a piece of work should not be included, e.g., your child was ill or had experienced a close bereavement when the work was done.

I am aware that some of our students are finding this process very stressful. Please let us know if you think your child is unusually stressed by this situation, and we will do our best to support them. Please also assure your child that they will not be experiencing the stress of public exams this year.

I am sure that you are looking forward to a long bank holiday weekend, and I hope you find time to rest and relax and enjoy the day. I’m very much looking forward to taking a group of our boarders to explore Exeter over the weekend. This again feels like normality is starting to return to us.


Mrs Gill Jackson