Following the UCAS guidance, please find below an overview of our school context and how we have attempted to mitigate against the impact of school closures on student progress.
Selective secondary school and Sixth Form in Poole, Dorset
Oversubscribed, selective single-sex girls school with students from a wide area
Adjustments to school provision due to the pandemic:
Following the national closure of schools on March 20th 2020, students at Parkstone Grammar School experienced the following:
- A variety of online provision including live lessons, audio presentations, recordings, assignments and feedback was provided.
- In June 2020, students were invited into school to have face-to-face sessions as per the Government directive. Year 12 students attended 2 sessions in each subject on a fortnightly rota alongside remote provision. Most students were able to attend.
- We usually have an ‘Internal Exam Week’ in the May of Year 12. Due to school closures and the need to preserve validity of the assessments, the exam week was moved to w/c 21st September 2020.
- UCAS Predicted Grades have been based on this exam result plus the internal assessments throughout year 12 – pre-lockdown content only.
- In support of UCAS applications, all year 12 students attended an online ‘Future’s Day’ in which the process was launched and supporting resources were described and shared. Each student also had a one-to-one ‘Post-Parkstone Planning’ meeting in which options were discussed and various support was signposted. There has been ongoing advice and guidance from tutors and Heads of Sixth Form since their return to school in September.