As with schools, colleges and universities across the UK, Crompton House Sixth Form has temporarily closed to students as of 3:20 pm on Friday 20th March.
We have been exceptionally proud of how our students have dealt with this news, particularly Year 13 students who have faced uncertainty about awarding of their A Levels and other qualifications. Celebrations from Year 13’s last day will be available on our blog later.
Year 13s should refer to the advice and guidance provided by the Department for Education, UCAS, and Universities UK about the awarding of A Level & BTEC grades, as well as allocation of university places. Please be assured that, although times seem uncertain, the school will do everything it can to help you. In the mean time, please don’t contact your teachers about predicted grades – they will not be able to discuss this with you. Further information about how these grades might be predicted / evidenced will be sent out once it has been provided by the DFE/Ofqual/JCQ. One thing that is clear is that student do not need to be completing ‘extra’ work to act as evidence, they should just be completing the work set on Doddle by their teachers at the time of their lessons.
Students in Year 12 have been issued with a Working From Home guide, and will also be set work for each lesson from their teachers via Doddle. The Working From Home guide is available online here: Working From Home Guide.
We appreciate that this period will be challenging for everyone, so please do e-mail your teacher, academic tutor or one of the Sixth Form Team if there is anything we can do to help you. We will continue to share information, links and advice for coping with the closure via the Sixth Form Twitter account as well as sending out important information via text message & ParentMail.
Other useful sources for making effective use of your time at home:
Consider doing an online course, such as the Massively Open Online Courses offered by FutureLearn.
Take up a new hobby – use online tutorials from YouTube to help.
Maintaining good Mental Health
This pandemic means that we are not certain about what is going to happen over the next weeks and months. This can have an impact on your mental health, whether or not you normally have good mental health.
If you are aware that your mental health is suffering from being at home and you want to talk to someone anonymously, then Kooth is available Monday – Friday 12 pm – 10 pm and at the weekend.
Keeping active and/or maintaining a schedule is suggested as a good way to maintain good mental health while at home for extended periods. Whilst it is important to stay connected to friends and family through social media, consider switching your phone off for some time each day!
This BBC article has some good tips for working at home that apply just as well to Sixth Formers trying to continue their studies as it does adults who are continuing their normal jobs at home.