Year 11 Support Programme and Updates

Year 11 Support Sessions during Easter - Message sent home 30th March 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

With the significant changes to examinations and how grades are awarded this year, one thing that has remained is the quality assurance process of coursework. As a result, we are still required to submit samples of work that students have done in school so that grades can be awarded, and therefore, we still have some work to complete in particular subjects.

To support your child in this we will require them to attend one or more of the sessions listed below.

  • The sessions begin at 10am and finish at 2pm or earlier if their work is completed before.
  • Students will access the building through the Newby Road entrance of school.

We have limited these days to the first week of the school holidays. If your child is required for any of the sessions below you will be notified by their subject teaching.


Monday 5th April

No session

Tuesday 6th April

Business studies with Mr Hough

Wednesday 7th April

Sport studies with Mrs Radford

Thursday 8th April

Travel and Tourism

Friday 9th April

Engineering with Mr Golding


We value you the support you provide us with ensuring your child attends to make sure we can award them the correct grade.


Yours faithfully,

Mr D Williams

Assistant Headteacher



Latest news - How grades are to be awarded this year for Year 11 - updated 8th March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer of Year 11 student,

As you will be aware from the media, the government have published the results of the consultation into how grades will be awarded this year. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there too, so as well as giving an assembly to Year 11 on their return, I wanted to write to you too.

First thing to say, is that also the consultation outcome has been published, and we are waiting on further detail from exam boards, which will arrive before Easter. As such, this is likely to be the first of a number of updates – I will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

The key principles of how grades will be awarded is as follows:

  • Each subject will grade students’ current performance in that subject.
  • They will be assessed on the amount of the subject they have been taught.
  • The grades will be decided based on an evidence base which is specific to the subject and published in advance (more on that below).
  • The school’s processes will be thoroughly quality assured by the exam boards.
  • There is an opportunity to appeal to the school to check for an administrative error, and then to the exam board if the evidence is not sufficient (although on the rare occasion they change, grades can go down as well as up!)

There is an infographic at the end of this letter that gives you more detail.

I mentioned above that the specific evidence for each subject will be clearly published to your child and to you; we aim to be entirely transparent so students know exactly what they need to do to achieve the grades they want. We are not yet in a position to publish the details of that evidence, as we wait for more guidance from exam boards, but I can give you an overview:

Group 1 – Fixed evidence

Group 2 – New evidence

Group 2 – Moderating evidence

This is evidence we already have

This is the crucial block, and will be completed over the next eight weeks

Used to support decisions and add extra evidence where the other two are affected by contextual factors

  • Pre-public mock examination papers
  • Completed & verified units/ coursework
  • Completed Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)
  •  Exam board provided assessments
  • New units, or not yet completed units
  • New NEA/ coursework


Further supporting evidence, which will be subject specific but might include:

  • In class assessments
  • Practice tasks
  • Portfolios of practical work


I have mentioned that for lots of subjects there will be exam board published assessments, these will be completed during next half term (final dates will be published in the coming weeks) and will be a key piece of evidence for your child.

The main message to Year 11 is that they will not be any worse off in this situation than they would have been, in fact, it avoided the cliff-edge that normal high stakes exams provide. They need to ensure they have 100% attendance, are working hard and engaging in lessons and taking on the advice and feedback from their teachers.

Throughout the process, if you feel the evidence base or approach will disadvantage your child please get in touch with me as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please use School Gateway and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.



Ben Ward

Deputy Head

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Latest news about exams and grades for 2021

Year 11 and 13 - Department of Education Announcement for 2021 Grades - 7th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

Following on from the announcement from the Department for Education that the summer of 2021 will see schools award grades to students, we would like to give clear guidance of how the rest of the academic year will run for students. This will vary dependent on the type of qualification that students are studying and how much of the course content has been completed.

In GCSE and A-level subjects that are yet to complete the course content, the expectations will be that for students to merit a full awarded grade from the school, you will be expected to have engaged in online learning and when we return to school you will participate in the remainder of the course to the best of your ability. This will allow the school to be confident that they have provided a valid awarded grade.

In subjects that have a final exam and the course has been completed there will be an expectation that in these subjects students continue to learn that subject. This is because students have selected this subject through options or may be taking it at further education and therefore knowledge enhancement in that subject is key. Students may continue to learn topics in that subject that will give them a broad knowledge base that they can use in further education or in later life.

For vocational qualifications that have coursework units that are yet to be completed or started will continue. As a school we feel that to be confident in awarding a final grade in this subject students need a strong evidence base of coursework that supports the schools judgement of the grade to be awarded by the school.

Last year schools were expected to grade all students in all subjects. The school had a rigorous process to ensure that all students were provided with a fair grade reflective of their progress. There were a number of factors that as a school we undertook:

  • Mock exams were taken as a potential benchmark for student progress
  • Attitude to learning and attendance to school
  • Evidence in books or files and amounts of coursework completed.

Please can I remind you that although teachers play a crucial part in the awarding of grades the grades are decided by the school. Even after input from staff a process of moderation takes place and the grade may not be reflective of just the member of staffs input.

As a school we will support students who may have to isolate with online resources. No student will be disadvantaged by Bolton St Catherine’s Academy if they are unable to attend school due to valid Covid absence. However, if a student is well and there is failure to participate in online learning currently and learning in school when they return from the current closure, this will have an impact on how we as a school are able to justifiably award a grade based on the full course having been completed.

If you are not able to access online learning due to a lack of devices, please contact school and we will endeavour to support you to find a solution.


Yours faithfully,

Mrs R Lucas



Year 11 Information Evening

We have been unable to hold our Year 11 Information Evening this year, so we have put together a video to talk you through all you need to know, please see below. You will hear from:

  • Miss Spencer - Year 11 Leader - Welcome
  • Mr Williams - Assistant Head - Study Support Sessions
  • Mr Ward - Deputy Head - Remote Learning
  • Mr Thomas - Assistant Raising Standards Leader - GCSE Pod
  • Mrs Murphy - Assistant Head - Maths
  • Mr Chester - Practitioner Lead - English

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need any more information at

Kind Regards,

Ben Ward

Deputy Head



Year 11 Support Sessions

As you are aware your child missed a significant amount of their schooling in the last academic year. This was obviously due to unforeseen circumstances. However, the Government have said this year they want external exams to take place in schools. We as a school have provided your child with the opportunity to have the best chance possible to succeed in the summer 2021.

To support your child we are running compulsory additional sessions in school from 3-4pm
on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week. Your child will need to bring with them any
additional work such as homework, catch up work they may have missed in school or
revision. This will be supervised and supported by staff in the main school hall. This will
begin on Monday 14th September 2020.

Letter sent home: Year 11 - Additional Support Sessions - from September 2020