We are now preparing for the re-opening of both the Prep and Senior schools on Monday 8th March 2021.
Senior School Testing
This will take place on Sunday 7th March. Whilst we appreciate this is a Sunday, it means that not only can our pupils begin lessons with immediate effect on Monday morning and begin to acclimatise themselves to school as soon as possible, but that we can run a full bus service in both directions, including our Prep Shuttle Bus, on Monday 8 March and cause far less disruption to our working parents. Please refer to Mrs Hayward's letter of 1st March 2021 for details of how to book a time slot for testing as well as completion of the consent form.
Return of Boarders
We are looking forward to welcoming back as many boarders as we are able to. The continuing disruptions to global travel for our overseas students means that many won't be back in person with us on March 8th; we are very conscious of the need to support our young people as and when they do return to our community. Please take a look at the video message sent to you from Mr Byrne on 24th February.
If you are currently resident in the UK and are able to estimate an arrival time for return on 7th March then please book a time slot for testing as above. Alternatively please contact Mr Byrne or Mr Wesley from your vehicle for further instructions.
Procedures at the Prep school will be the same as last term, with just a few adjustments.
Please refer to the following letters:
From Mrs Hayward - 24th February 2021, 1st March
From Mr Byrne - 24th February
From Miss Newnham - 1st March
If you have any queries then, as ever, please contact us using firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our Admissions team is very much operating on a business as usual basis and will maintain the current level of work.
If you are interested in a place at Plymouth College for your child(ren) then please do contact the Admissions team and they will advise you on the next steps.
We are delighted to share with you our new virtual tour of Plymouth College. Here you can have an insight into our impeccable facilities from the comfort of your own home.
We are also offering Virtual Visits which offer video calls with the Headmaster and other keep staff.
Further to Ofqual’s guidance issued today (detailed here), we continue to work with exam boards in order to comply with the guidance regarding the award of GCSE, ALevel and BTEC grades. Our Heads of Department, Mr Grey, Mr Carr and Miss Venon are working on collating all the necessary information required to send to the examination boards. We will continue to offer pupils the chance to take part in the optional assessments after the Easter holidays and Mr Grey will be in touch about the arrangements for this soon. Whilst we are not encouraged to seek additional pieces of evidence from Ofqual, we feel we would like to offer our pupils the chance to take part in these assessments, should they wish. Rest assured they will not be disadvantaged, if they either chose to take this opportunity, or not. One important point to note from Ofqual’s guidance today is that the information provided to the exam boards must remain confidential and so we as a school will not be able to discuss the information we provide to the examining bodies. I ask both parents and pupils to respect this. Many thanks for your ongoing support in this matter.
Should you have any immediate questions regarding this, please contact email@example.com.
Please find our letter regarding the new Home Learning Hub for Year 11 and Upper Sixth pupils
Information video from Ofqual 17 April 2020
In a statement from Ofqual -
Our response to Gavin Williamson's statement on summer exams
Published 18 March 2020
We have written to parents regarding our plans for the summer term and the examinations of our year 11 and year 13 pupils.
Please check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information, including advice on quarantine while you're abroad, insurance and entry restrictions.
Please also be aware that some countries are likely to put the UK as high risk area and flights may well stop to the UK from these countries. These are unprecedented times so we advise you seek clarification before travelling.
Supporting our boarding pupils during this uncertain time is paramount and we are doing all we can to ensure we keep in regular communication with our boarding pupils, families and agents.
We are closely monitoring the latest BSA and government guidance to continue developing our plans for a safe return to school once we are told we can do so.
For more information about our boarding community, including our new boarding tour - visit our Boarding for September 2020 page.
Please find below the latest letter from the Department for International Trade regarding the country's preparations for welcoming back all international students -
Please see below the latest message from our Head of Boarding, Mr Byrne -
World Health Organisation - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Public Health England - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
National Health Service - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Independent Schools' Council - https://www.isc.co.uk/sector-info/coronavirus-information-for-schools/
Travel Advice - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Boarding Schools' Association - http://boarding.org.uk/media/news/article/13464/Coronavirus-disease-COVlD-19guidance-update-as-of-2-3-20
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual
Other sites -