Lockdown - 5th January 2021

We are really sorry about the news yesterday that we have been directed to close and all lessons will be online until half term. We totally understand that you have been really impacted by this and how worried you might feel.

Firstly, January BTEC exams are no longer going ahead.

There are lots of other questions. The main one I imagine for you about what will happen with exams this Summer. As you may have heard there might be a different form of assessment this Summer but we don’t know yet what form this will take.

What I can promise you is that as we know we will tell you. The information from the Department for Education yesterday evening was "we do not think it is possible for all exams in the summer to go ahead as planned. We will accordingly be working with Ofqual to consult rapidly to put in place alternative arrangements that will allow students to progress fairly". There will be lots of media speculation which isn’t always helpful and can make it even more stressful if you are going through it but it is our job is to work with the Department for Education to make sure that we our informing their decisions but also giving you the accurate information.

What we do know:

  • We are fully online (no face to face lessons in any subjects) and your lessons will follow your current timetable. It’s really important that you keep attending these lessons
  • We are open to students who need to come into college (email us on: office@varndean.ac.uk)
  • All of our services and support will run still. This means you can still access library and study support, the learning coaches and well being and counselling services.
  • You will be prioritised in terms of returning to college for face to face lessons
  • Practice exams will not take place as planned this half term
  • If you sat GCSEs in English and Maths in November those results will be available on MyVarndean on Thursday 14 th from 8:40am
  • The staff and the college are still here for you, we will do everything we can to make you still feel part of our community

Still to find out:

  • The plan for Summer assessments. We do not know what form this will take yet but will keep you up to date and fully prepare you for these
  • Our exact full return date

We will send you a further update later this week.

All the very best,

Donna-Marie, Pete and Lisa.