This page offers parents and guardians of pupils, the latest information on the School's response to Coronavirus. The information below will be updated as and when the School's response and policy change.
I hope that you are all safe and well despite the challenges and uncertainties of the current lockdown.
The Government and Ofqual have today published the guidelines on how A Level, AS Level, EPQ and GCSE grades will be awarded. The link https://www.gov.uk/government/news/how-gcses-as-a-levels-will-be-awarded-in-summer-2020 has documentation for schools, teachers, parents and students, as well as a separate letter to students. The hyperlink be accessed here.
Below is a comprehensive and important Update Q&A document from Dan Cupit, Deputy Head Academic, and Will Daws, Deputy Head 6th Form, explaining how these latest guidelines will affect our 5th Form and Upper 6th Form pupils next term. If you have a son/daughter in the 5th and/or Upper 6th Form, please ensure that your son/daughter reads the Update Q&A document carefully.
I appreciate that some parents and pupils have been concerned that this summer’s external examination grades would be awarded on the basis of trial examinations alone. Please be reassured that this is not the case, and the ‘centre assessed grade’ will be holistic, fair and balanced, based on all available evidence that the school possesses to ensure that your son or daughter receives the grades that he/she would most likely achieve if they had sat the exams.The School will be announcing on Tuesday 7th April the adjustment to school fees, now that we have been informed of how external examination grades will be awarded. This fee adjustment will reflect the inevitable change in the education that we at King’s can provide under the current circumstances.
With very best wishes
Ian Wilmshurst, Headmaster.
I hope that you are coping with the new challenges we are all facing, both at home and with your work. I am working with Dan Cupit to produce the most effective remote learning programme for your son/daughter, and you can view and download the King’s Remote Learning Guidelines booklet above. Please be aware of the following important points:
I am still in discussions with the Bursar on the complex fee adjustments that will be necessary, and parents will be informed of these adjustments in due course.
I am very grateful to Dan Cupit for all his hard work producing the Remote Learning Guidelines booklet, and to Alison Grant for her initiative in setting up the King’s Spirit forum. I am delighted that King’s staff have started today driving school minibuses around Bruton and the surrounding area delivering food to local vulnerable people, and we plan to continue to work supporting the local community over the weeks ahead.
With my very best wishes for as an enjoyable Easter as possible,
Ian Wilmshurst, Headmaster.
In an effort to keep the morale of pupils and staff high during this time of separation, we are launching The King’s Spirit an email newsletter designed to make you smile, to lift morale and to keep you well mentally and physically. It will come out regularly and will feature whatever pupils and staff send in.
The purpose of this bulletin continues to be to make you smile, to lift morale and to keep you well mentally and physically.