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Calculation of exam grades 2020

Message to parents of Years 11, 13 and 14 students

Here is a link to a letter published today (3rd April 2020) by the Chief Regulator of Ofqual regarding how exam grades will be calculated and the process which Ofqual are outlining.

I want to re-assure you that we will work hard to do every young person justice but please read this letter carefully and please note that we cannot share any grades with you as we have been instructed to treat these as confidential.

Kind regards

Matt Robertson
Arnold Hill Academy

COVID-19 and changes to sexual health services

Nottingham University Hospitals have temporarily changed their services in response to the coronavirus outbreak, to protect their staff, patients and local community.

Access to clinics during this time is via a telephone appointment in the first instance only – it is not possible to ‘walk in’.

For further information about how to access their services, please follow the link below

COVID-19 and changes to sexual health services

Coronavirus - updated advice 1st April 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) is continuing to update on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online

We have updated our information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.
Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:

Updated guidance for schools about temporarily closing

We have updated our guidance on the temporary closure of schools to include more information on areas including social distancing, vulnerable children and working with other schools.
You can read the guidance at:

Update and correction: Guidance for public bodies on paying commercial suppliers

Further to the publication of Cabinet Office guidance for public bodies on paying their suppliers, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have now been published alongside the procurement policy note.
Correction: The previously advertised mailbox for queries from educational settings was incorrect, please forward any previously submitted questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Full details of the procurement policy note can be found here:

The information below has not changed since yesterday.

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.UK at:
Our main guidance for schools, the ‘school closures guidance’, will be regularly kept up-to-date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from it:

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and whenever you return home.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Free Kindle resources

Amazon are offering a free kindle download of their New Headstart to A level CGP Kindle books for Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

These are a great resource for anyone thinking of studying these next year to help with keeping it fresh and ensuring that you are ready to start in September.

You can also download the Kindle app onto your PC, laptop or iPad if you do not have a kindle.