Coronavirus

(COVID-19) Update 6th April

Monday April 6, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)  The welfare of all our pupils and staff remains our number one priority throughout this period. This page contains information for parents and information for visitors. The Prime Minister has instructed the British public to stay at home, other than to buy food and essential items, for one period of exercise each day and for essential travel for essential work and to actively maintain social distancing in order to protect our health service to enable it to cope with the coronavirus  by slowing down the rate at which the coronavirus is spreading. The majority of our staff will need to stay at home to comply with this new government instruction. We are pleased that all of our boarding students have now returned safely home. Please see below the updated information about public examinations and how grades will be awarded for GCSE and A levels this summer. A message from The Principal I am sure that most of us would agree that the challenge of Covid-19 is unlike anything we have experienced before or indeed ever thought we would encounter except in a dystopian novel or film.  I have spoken to many people over the last few weeks and so many are sharing a sense of anxiety, loss of control and fear of the unknown.  This is quite natural.  At such times, we realise that what matters most in our lives is our family, our friends and having our basic human needs met.  I hope that amongst the medical, societal and economic uncertainty we are facing that you are able to be with those who are important to you.  For Concord students, and indeed for this whole generation of young people, there is the potential for significant disruption to their education.  It is our job as educators and parents to ensure that this is not the case.  In this context, I would like to thank you for your support and belief in Concord and what we are trying to do.  It means a great deal to the teachers, tutors and staff who are continuing to work so hard to provide remote education and care until we are all able to meet once again in Acton Burnell.  The Summer Term will commence on Monday 20th April.  We look forward to seeing our current students re-joining our online programmeFurther communication will follow regarding this.    Finally, as Principal I am perhaps overly fond of giving adviceA former student reminded me of this when quoting a Concord assembly that had given him strength in dealing with the challenges of life at university and beyond.   It was a simple and ancient aphorism can help us all traverse these troubled times: ‘This too will pass’.  Mr N G Hawkins MA Cantab Information for Parents If you have any questions, please contact the following members of staff: Educational Continuity
  • Concord will maintain the highest possible level of educational provision in the coming months.  We believe we have managed the transition to on-line teaching relatively smoothly, and we will do everything in our power to continue our teaching to the highest possible standard.
  • Concord will do everything we can to ensure that we follow the government’s proposals for exam grades which we expect to become clearer in the next 48 hours.  We note the Prime Minister’s assurance that ‘pupils will get the qualifications they need and deserve for their academic career.’ We also note the Education Minister’s comment this morning that the intention of the Government is to issue grades in August as normal, but with a “different process and a different system” to determine what they might be. This might involve using a variety of data to assess candidate performance, possibly including internal assessments and predicted grades from teachers.  At this stage we have no further information on this, but we will communicate this to you in more detail as soon as we are able to.
  • We will support our students in every way possible to ensure that Concord students get the examination grades they deserve.
  • Concord will do everything we can to maintain the pastoral care of our students at this stressful time through our personal tutors. With students spread out all around the world, it will be easy for them to feel isolated, so we will do the best we can to maintain contact and answer any questions students and their parents might have.
Public Examinations The UK government has announced that there will be no formal examinations at GCSE, AS and A level this May and June. The government and the exam boards have now issued the guidance for schools about how the grades for GCSEs and A levels will be determined this summer. Please see the following links and read the letter for parents from Mr Tom Lawrence (Academic Vice Principal). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcses-as-and-a-level-awarding-summer-2020 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877830/Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading.pdf Public examinations in 2020 for Concord students Information for Visitors Concord would ask for the support and cooperation of all of those who visit our campus in minimising the risk of COVID-19 to our community. We are unable to welcome visitors to the college unless they have been within the UK and symptom free for 14 days. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience, however the safety of all members of the college community is paramount. Please contact the college first if you intend to visit at: enquiries@concordcollege.org.uk Read our full guidance here Guidance for visitors to the campus as at 17 Mar 2020 re covid 19 v3