Communication

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School Trips and Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

Parmiter's School Ski Trip - February 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to inform you that due to the ongoing restrictions on educational visits, particularly those that are overseas, we have unfortunately had to make the decision to cancel the school ski trip that was due to take place during February half term 2021.

As we don’t want any of the students who have a place on the current ski trip to miss out, I would like to offer them the option to keep their current place for the next ski trip, which we hope will take place over February half term 2022 – this includes those students currently in Year 10 who would not normally be offered the chance to go in Year 11.

The exact details of the next ski trip are still to be confirmed (so the destination resort and exact cost are yet to be determined), but I will provide further information about the trip in March 2021 once it has been finalised.  No further payments will need to be made until then and you will also have the opportunity to withdraw from the trip and get a full refund at that point if you wish.

Alternatively, if your circumstances have changed or your son/daughter no longer wants to go on the ski trip, then you can request a full refund of any payments you have made so far for the February 2021 trip.

To indicate your preferred choice, please click the following link and complete the Google Form as instructed (your son/daughter will need to sign in with their school account to complete the form):

https://forms.gle/j92V1chpcEKxv8aL6

Please complete the form by Friday 9th October, to indicate how you would like to proceed.

If you request a refund, this will be made via WisePay.

If you have any questions about the ski trip, please do not hesitate to contact me (b.cummings@parmiters.herts.sch.uk).

Kind regards

Mr B Cummings
Head of KS3

   

A Level History and Politics Trip to Washington DC

Dear Parent/Carer

In light of the current situation in the United States, we have taken the decision to reschedule the October 2020 A Level History and Politics trip to Washington DC.

If the DfE guidance on educational visits allows school trips to resume overnight and overseas, the trip will take place from Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February 2021 (during February half term).  The itinerary and cost for the trip will remain the same.

We do hope that all students will still be able to join us on this fantastic trip.  Please re-confirm your child’s place on the trip by e-mailing a.carter@parmiters.herts.sch.uk before Friday 17th July.

Please also feel free to contact me directly, should you have any queries.

Yours sincerely

Alex Carter
Head of History and Politics

 

Year 10 Art Trip to Cornwall

Dear Parent/Carer

Following the current government advice based on residential school trips, we have decided that the Year 10 trip to Cornwall scheduled to take place in September will not go ahead.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but the need to safeguard staff and student welfare is of paramount importance.  We have spent considerable time liaising with our accommodation provider and other venues.  Many are currently shut and none of them can actually guarantee that they will be open for September.

All payments will be refunded in full.  In light of this, the Information Evening scheduled for this coming Tuesday 7th July will no longer go ahead.

I would like to emphasise that the cancellation of the trip will have no impact on the students ability to enjoy and achieve in GCSE Art.  We are currently planning different ways we can provide students with the initial inspiration for their first project.  We hope that once this crisis has passed, we will be able to consider re-organising a trip at some point during the next academic year.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mrs Miah
Head of Art

 

Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Award

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

Following the postponement of the Bronze Expeditions, we have re-scheduled accordingly.  Subject to Government Regulations, the Bronze Final Expedition will take place on 25 - 26 September.  This will minimise time out of school and will currently NOT involve camping overnight.  Parents/carers will need to drop off and pick up students each day.  In all other respects, the expedition will be run as usual with students carrying their full equipment and cooking their meals together before leaving for the night.

In order to be allowed to attend the Expedition and in line with previous requirements in place from the start of the Award, all students MUST have completed all of their sections and had them signed off by their Assessor - please NOW check that this is the situation.  Students should go on to eDofE and check that it records them as having completed each section and that there are no messages from their Leader.  In case of doubt, they should contact their Leader.

For those students intending to undertake their Silver Award, this expedition can also count as their Silver Practice Expedition, a compulsory requirement for Silver. This would require students to complete one extra day of journeying and so the expedition would finish on 27 September rather than 26 September. The Silver Final Expedition will take place in June/July after the GCSE examinations.  A letter will be sent out shortly inviting students to enrol for their Silver Award. If students are intending to progress to Silver, I would urge a speedy application so that they can undertake their sections immediately - there is a facility for backdating 3 months from the date of enrolment. The subsequent letter will have more details.

Obviously this is a fluid situation and further details for the Expedition will follow, but please keep the dates free.

At this stage it would be helpful to know how many students intend to undertake all 3 days of the expedition, so please could students email me to let me know if they will be doing so.

We will need some adult assistance on the Friday and if you are in a position to help out, please email me (m.holloway@parmiters.herts.sch.uk).

Yours sincerely

M Holloway
Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator

 

Duke of Edinburgh - Silver Award

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

Following the postponement of the Silver Practice Expedition, we have re-scheduled both the Practice and Final Expeditions.  Subject to Government Regulations, the Practice will take place on 25 - 27 September and the Final will be from 23 - 25 October.  Both expeditions will be local to Hertfordshire and currently will NOT involve camping overnight.  Parents/carers will need to drop off and pick up students each day.  In all other respects, the expeditions will be run as usual with students carrying their full equipment and cooking their meals together before leaving for the night.

Obviously this is a fluid situation and further details will follow, but please keep the dates free.

The Practice Expedition will run concurrently with the Bronze Expedition, for which we will need some adult assistance on the Friday.  If you are in a position to help out, please email me m.holloway@parmiters.herts.sch.uk.

Yours sincerely

M Holloway
Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator

 

Duke of Edinburgh - Gold Award

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

Following the postponement of the Gold Practice Expedition in June, I am pleased to advise you that Peak Pursuits are in a position to convert the previously booked Final Expedition into the Practice to be run on 22 September - 25 September in the Peak District.  The re-arranged Final Expedition will take place on 24 - 28 October in the Yorkshire Dales. This will off course be subject to any Government Regulations in place at the time.

Further details will follow as the situation becomes clearer, but please ensure that you keep the dates free.

Yours sincerely

M Holloway
Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator

Ofqual announcement

Dear Parents and Carers

Parents & carers of Year 11 & 13 students may recall that the arrangements for the grading of this summer’s A Level and GCSE exams included provision for an Autumn exam series.  Today, Ofqual (the body that oversees qualifications in England) confirmed this exam series.  The full press release can be read here.

Key points that may be of interest to students and their parents/carers are:

·                     All GCSE and A Level subjects should be offered in the Autumn, with the same number and format of exam papers as in any normal exam series.

·                     However, grades will be based on exam performance alone, with no non-exam assessment (NEA).   The only exception to this is Art & Design.

·                     Exact timing of the exams have not yet been confirmed, but the current plan is for A Levels to be held in October and GCSEs in November.  

·                     This exam series is intended for students who were unable to receive a centre assessment grade (e.g. private candidates) and students who want to improve on the grade they receive this summer.

As we have further information regarding results days, the appeals process and this Autumn exam series we will be in touch.

Kind regards

M Jones
Headmaster