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Sixth Form Hurdle examinations

21 September 2016

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to remind you that your son / daughter will be taking their Year 12 Hurdle examinations during the week beginning Monday September 26 and to explain a little more about how we use the examinations to support our students.

These examinations are taken in formal conditions, to enable students to understand the difficulty and high expectations required of A Level assessment. They are timetabled to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the students’ regular lessons and there is no study leave during this time. When students do not have an examination they should attend their normal lessons, XM sessions and family time.

Following the results of the Hurdle examinations, we will be looking closely at each students’ performance and then, in conjunction with their subject teachers and curriculum leaders, making decisions as to whether or not they are on the best possible study programme. For example a student who did badly across 4 subjects would be better off reducing their programme to 3 subjects. Another example might be a student who performed badly in one of their subjects and no longer wished to continue with it; in this case, we would help the student to choose a more suitable subject from within the timetable.

If there are any instances where students are required to change their study programme, we will keep you informed and ensure that the reasons behind the change are clearly explained. We want all of our students to be successful and the Hurdle examinations help us to provide very useful information about their best options.

Please remember that our courses are two year programmes and therefore students should not be taking additional courses with the intention of dropping one at the end of year 13. They will not be able to take a qualification in it and therefore could have spent that time more usefully on their other subjects. Universities base their offers around students’ performance in 3 subjects and we will be providing the EPQ qualification for students who wish to complete more project based work in an additional area that interests them. The EPQ is worth 50% of an A level and is a well-respected qualification amongst universities.

If you have any questions about the Hurdle examinations or the EPQ, please contact me on 020 7507 4717 or by email.

Yours faithfully

Steven Sumner
Director of Sixth Form