Our Year 11 and 13 students have been amazing and have shown such resilience and maturity in response to the cancellation of their GCSEs and A levels this summer. We are very proud of all of them.
I cannot really fully describe the real sense of loss they have experienced for all that work they have put in and for the experience itself, of sitting the exams and really feeling that they have achieved something. Their response has been typical of the strength of character our students display; they are resilient, pragmatic and looking forward to what comes next.
Over the last few months, we have talked to Year 11 and 13 and reassured them that:
Things will be ok, to focus on things you can control, keep learning (especially in areas in your future plans!), we are really proud of you, we care deeply about you and we don’t know all the answers yet but as soon as we do we will tell you.
Finally, Plymstock School is committed to educating the whole person; it is not just about the exams and grades. Central to our curriculum is the fact we build valuable life skills: resilience, tenacity, teamwork, aspiration, self-care and kindness to others.
The decision made in March to cancel summer public examinations was unprecedented but it has NOT stopped them from learning the above in their time with us.
Good luck, we will not forget you, there will still be a last day of virtual celebrations and we will make sure that you can enjoy a leavers’ assembly; just at the right time!
Keep in contact.