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Assessments Timetable - April 2021

(Students in Years 10 to 13)

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13/04/2021

Dear parent/ guardian

I am writing to let you know that we have now received confirmation that a pupil in Year 8 has had a positive test for COVID-19. The pupil was in school on Monday 12th April.

In line with the guidance and advice from the track and trace team and the school’s risk assessment, pupils in 8CAM, 8JW and 8HV will need to self-isolate at home from today and should return to school on Friday 23rd April. Teachers will set work for these students in accordance with their usual in-school timetable. Therefore, students in those Year 8 forms 8CAM, 8JW and 8HV should not turn up to school tomorrow and we will ask any who do to return home to self-isolate.

Due to the risk control measures that Cathays High staff have successfully implemented, pupils in years 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 as well as those in 8LK3, 8AJ2 & 8CT can and should attend school on Wednesday 14th April onwards as normal unless they or a member of their household has COVID symptoms. This includes the siblings of children in 8CAM, 8JW & 8HV who are well but have been asked to self-isolate.

All other members of the household (e.g. parents and siblings in other schools) can continue to attend work or school unless someone starts to show symptoms.

If pupils show COVID symptoms they should remain at home in self-isolation for 10 days and parents should try to arrange a test. If you are unable to arrange a test then please let the Inclusion and Wellbeing Team know and we will refer you to a testing centre. Should a member of a pupil’s household show symptoms then the pupils must self-isolate for 10 days. Please let school know if your child is away with COVID symptoms on the first day of absence.

I appreciate this news will cause some anxiety amongst pupils and parents. However, we should take strength from knowing that the school’s systems and those of Cardiff Council have worked and the measures have been implemented robustly to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible for all pupils, families and staff at the school.

Yours sincerely

Stuart Davies

(Headteacher)

 

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12th March 2021

Dear pupils, parents and families of Cathays High School,

I am writing to update you on our arrangements for home testing of pupils in years 10, 11, 12 and 13. This process will begin when students to return to school on 15th March. The Minister for Education and the Minister for Health and Social Services announced on 22 February that the offer of regular, twice weekly, Lateral Flow Tests will be extended to all those of upper secondary age.

The purpose of the self-testing is to quickly detect asymptomatic adults, ask them to self-isolate as soon as possible, reduce the likelihood of clusters and outbreaks in settings and the disruption that brings to education. You should not take a Lateral Flow Test if you are displaying symptoms. If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, please book a PCR test.

Test at home kits have been delivered to all schools and settings in order for staff and students (in years 10,11,12 and 13) to take twice weekly tests. Testing is voluntary, but those who are eligible for tests are strongly encouraged to participate to further reduce the risk of asymptomatic transmission within the workplace. We will provide each pupil with 6 tests which should last until Friday April 16th.

For those taking part, the test will need to be carried out at home and the result will need to be logged on the reporting form.  If your test result is positive, you are required to have a confirmatory PCR test. You will be required to immediately self-isolate if your test result is positive, and you will receive a phone call to book a confirmatory PCR test appointment within 24 hours of submission of the result form. Please notify the school if your test result is positive so we can begin the track and trace process.

To view a video on how to take the test, please click here.

For information on the self-isolation process in the result of a positive test, please click here.

For guidance on asymptomatic testing in education, please click here.

Yours faithfully

Stuart Davies

(Headteacher)

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3rd March 2021

Dear pupils, parents and families of Cathays High School,

I am writing to update you with the most recent information and guidance we have on gathering assessment evidence and awarding GCSE and A-Level grades for students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. On Friday 26th February the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) shared further details of the processes schools are required to follow to award students their qualifications in Summer 2021. Following this we have updated our timeline of activities and systems to gather the evidence required to arrive at the Centre Determined Grades in the Spring and Summer term.

In my previous letters, I have shared that schools will need to identify clear plans and quality assurance processes by which they will gather evidence of a students’ knowledge and ability in each subject for all qualifications. These plans will be submitted to the WJEC for approval and will require us to have a moderation process in school to ensure that the grades awarded are fair and reasonable and based on the available evidence. There will also be a checking process at the WJEC to identify any potential anomalies at a school level which would then be followed up by the examination board.

It is important to remember that all teachers and the school want to award fair and evidence-based grades that give students the best chance of success in every subject. Each subject will undergo a rigorous internal moderation process so that grades are based upon the evidence, experience and judgement of a number of teachers.

Students from Years 11 and 13 are due to return to school on March 15th in some capacity although we are still awaiting specific guidance on how this will work before we share plans with everyone. Students in Years 10 and 12 may be brought in to school to carry out face-to-face work with teachers as required, to gather evidence for specific qualifications they are undertaking. The period for gathering assessment evidence for all pupils undertaking GCSE and A-Level qualifications will be May 28th 2021, which is the last day of the fifth half-term.

During their time in school, we will coordinate the assessment activities over a period of time so that students are not over-loaded with deadlines and revision in too short a time-period. We will also be encouraging subjects to undertake the vast majority of assessment activities in classroom settings with their usual classroom teacher. There may be occasions when it is more suitable for a particular subject to use a larger space and bigger class sizes but this will need to be agreed with a member of the senior leadership team.

The kinds of activities that will be used to gather assessment information for the purposes of deciding upon the Centre-Determined Grades could include:

  • Past papers in test conditions after March 15th
  • New assessment material from WJEC in test conditions after March 15th
  • Identified pieces of classwork from before lockdown
  • Identified pieces of classwork during remote learning
  • Identified pieces of classwork from March 15th onwards
  • Previous PPEs carried out
  • Completed NEAs (coursework) or other activities like oracy exams that would have formed part of the qualification that have been completed

This is intended as illustration rather than a checklist of activities.  Subject teams have already discussed the kinds of activities that would enable them to gather sufficient evidence to support the Centre-Determined Grades and are awaiting some further guidance and supporting materials from the WJEC before deciding on their assessment plans. We intend to share the planned activities in each subject with students, and publish to families, as soon as possible.

Timeline for pupils in Year 10 (English Lit and Numeracy) Year 11, 12 and 13

Monday 1st – Friday 12th March  Online lessons and in school interventions 
Monday 15th March – Friday 7th May  Face to face learning – planning and preparing pupils for assessment opportunities and past papers. 
10th May-28th May

3-week window – completion assessment tasks

This will be a non-threatening process for mopupils so all assessment tasks will take place in classrooms during lesson time.  

28th May 

All work and assessment activities completed.

Last day of term

Monday 7th to Friday 18th June Moderation of evidence
Friday 18th June Submission of Grades internally
21st-25th June  Quality assurance of grades
Friday 25th June   Submission of grades to WJEC
10th & 12th August 

Results days 

A level – Tuesday 10th

GCSE – Thursday 12th

I will update you as soon as possible if there are any further developments. Please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mrs. Harrington (Assistant Headteacher i/c of examinations) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mr. Cotter (Head of Year 11) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mrs. Picken (Head of 6th Form) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mrs. Taylor (Area Leader  6th Form) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or require any further information.

Yours faithfully

Stuart Davies

(Headteacher)

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