Lampton News - Week 11Posted on Nov 15th 2021
Monday 15th November
Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
Welcome to our weekly update for the eleventh week of the Autumn Term 2021.
Please take some time to read through the items below, there’s important information on GCSE & A-Level examinations. It is widely expected that GCSE and A-Level examinations will return to ‘normal’ for Summer 2021, albeit with some adjustments to content or questions in certain subjects - details of which have been shared with students. The safeguarding briefing also contains helpful information for parents and carers to support their child with examination stress. We’re confident that despite the challenges of lockdown, students are really well placed to excel in these examinations, and look forward to working together to support all children to achieve their potential!
Consistency focus: shoes
We will be reminding students in their whole school assembly this week about the importance we place on students dressing professionally. We have reminded students that all students should be wearing smart, formal shoes both on their way to and from school, and around the school site. It is important to note that sometimes shoes are marketed as being ‘school shoes’, when actually they have the appearance of a trainer. If you are in any doubt, please speak to your child’s Head of Year. For further guidance and images of acceptable shoes or any other aspect of the uniform, please see the website page. Should students arrive without the required footwear, we keep a stock of shoes in Student Services for students to change into.
GCSE & A-Level examinations
The exam boards have now released further guidance on key dates and issued their provisional exam timetables. These will give an idea of timings for your exams and any likely pinch points or clashes. The key thing to note is that A level and GCSE exam contingency day is WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE 2022. This date has been set by JCQ as a contingency day, should sustained national or local disruption arise during the Summer 2022 examination series. This means you must not book any trips/ holidays etc before that day- as you could be called in to sit an exam on that day.
The government have also committed to provide what it’s called “Advance information” in February – there’s a short video explaining more about that below
Video about “Advanced Information” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQc9RdRtCsU
Employment opportunity at Lampton
We have 2 great opportunities to join our amazing kitchen team in our superb new dining hall - Please see details here /360/staff-vacancies
To continue our focus on examinations, the Charlie Walker foundation has put together a superb resource on an emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs, although the approach can be applied to any examination series. We know that the examinations can cause stress for students (and by extension parents / carers!), and through our interactions with students we encourage students to see some stress as normal and even helpful to motivate, but we have also alerted students to the signs of when they move beyond ‘optimal stress’ into distress. If you are worried about your child, please contact the safeguarding team firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Into Teaching Event
If you are anyone you know is interested in a career in teaching, then tomorrow’s event at Lampton School may be of interest to you. For more information and to register please visit: https://www.lwascitt.org.uk/1010/get-into-teaching-event