30th May 2020
Congratulations to our IGCSE students for weathering the last few months. These are certainly 'interesting times', but you have all risen to the challenge magnificently and we hope that your results will reflect the wonderful work you have done.
For those of you who did not manage to get graded this season, please don't lose heart. Despite the beautiful weather, October really is not that far away and the skills and knowledge you have worked so hard for will still be there when the new exam season comes around.
Many of our students are now using email to send in assignments. If this is easier or safer for you during this time of restricted movement, please feel free to join them! Assignments can be sent to [email protected]
Postal assignments are taking a very long time to get through - this week has seen perhaps 20% of the normal assignment numbers arriving, while the previous Monday saw a full week's worth in a single day. If you have sent in an assignment and not heard back, you are welcome to email me to check its progress; we keep a record of all assignments received and marks given, so I should be able to update you.
8th April 2020
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR EXAM CANDIDATES
You should now have heard from your exam centre, who will have provided you with various means by which to get a grade. Each exam centre seems to have taken a different approach to this, so read the details from the centre carefully.
A lot of centres are asking for a sample of your assignments and mock exams to be sent to them from Little Arthur Independent, along with a letter from us giving a predicted grade and verifying that all the work completed is your own.
If you need this information, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. Collating assignments, mocks and predicted grades is proving very time consuming, especially as every exam school is asking for different information. We will do what we can to help but please don't leave it to the last minute!
As a school, we can only provide this information if you have already completed the course (or, at the very least, all the assignments).
Without the assignments and mocks we do not have enough information to give an accurate grade. If you have not yet sent in your mocks, please do so as soon as possible or we may not have time to mark them.
We are also unable to accommodate students who have not previously completed the course sending in their assignments now en masse in order to get a predicted grade.
There are several reasons for this.
- We have to verify that the work you have submitted is your own. Where we receive the assignments one by one, over a period of time, this is easy - we see the development in your work based on the feedback you have received, and we develop a relationship with you through your work.
Where assignments are received in bulk we cannot know that this is all your own work. We don't believe that any of our students would behave in this way, but there will be people who try to take advantage of the current situation and we have to be sure that when we verify a student's work we can justify doing so.
- We have a lot of students and not a lot of time. If students send in their work in bulk we won't have time to mark it all.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch. We know how anxious many of you will be feeling, and will do all that we can to help.
31st March 2020
Cambridge are still developing their marking strategy for this summer's IGCSEs, but have asked schools to put together a folder of students' work to present to the exam centres - some or all of which will then be sent to Cambridge moderators so that a fair grade can be given.
No deadline has been set yet for sending in this information, but we advise that you collate your assignments and mocks into a folder in preparation for further instructions - we will update you as soon as we know more.
If you feel that your work is not a fair representation of what you would achieve in an exam, it is possible to register for the October/November exam series instead if your course is covered. Cambridge have indicated that they will try to make more courses available in the November series. We advise that you speak to your exam centre about this.
Although the school is now closed for the Easter holidays, we will still be responding to emails and updating with any further information.
23rd March 2020
The latest exam update from Cambridge confirms that all exams have been cancelled internationally.
We expect an announcement on 26th March to give details of how students will be assessed so that they can get their well-deserved qualifications.
Wishing everyone the best of health,
19th March 2020
I have now heard back from Cambridge. They have stated that they ARE going ahead with IGCSEs, but that individual exam centres may choose to cancel.
I strongly advise all entrants to call their exam centres for guidance on what is happening.
18th March 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that all GCSEs are cancelled for the May/June session. I have contacted Cambridge to confirm whether this also applies to IGCSEs, but I anticipate that this is likely.
For any students registered to take their exams, please contact the individual exam centre to confirm their status. Cambridge have extended their deadline for withdrawing from exams and your centre should be able to advise on the process for obtaining refunds. If I can be of any assistance with this, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
I am aware that the PM said that estimated grades will be used to ensure students get their qualifications. Having reviewed the Cambridge website this is not currently something they are supporting, but again I am awaiting formal confirmation of this. As we have seen in the last few days, things are changing rapidly and, as ever, I will keep you updated.
14th March 2020
The Coronavirus Update
We can confirm that the school will be staying open - the big advantage of being a distance learning centre. If, however, you are having difficulties getting to the post due to self-isolation or quarantine, please feel free to email assignments to:
As yet, exams in the UK have not been cancelled. However, any students planning on taking IGCSEs in the coming months should keep an eye on this page as we'll be posting any news here.
Wishing you all the best of health,
19th February 2020
In the aftermath of Storm Dennis most of our local villages have been flooded, which includes our local Royal Mail sorting office. We have been told that letters are being sorted elsewhere but it is possible that assignments will be delayed in reaching us. There is also a risk that any assignments which were in the sorting office at the time of the flood may have been delayed or damaged.
We aim to post all assignments (except mock exams) within one to two working days of receipt. If you are concerned that an assignment has been mislaid, please feel free to get in touch to check its status.