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Headteacher Video Update - 28.03.24

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year group updates 

year 7

No specific updates this week.

year 8

Year 8 into 9 Pathways Choices
This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting your child's Year 8 into 9 Pathway choices is fast approaching, on Monday 22nd April. If you haven’t already done so, please ensure you have checked your MCAS account for the necessary information. You will find the original letter there, which includes your child’s unique code required for submission.

Please follow the link below to submit your choices. Ensure not to confuse this with the Year 9 into 10 Pathways option link, which is intended for Year 9 students making GCSE choices. We have also shared the relevant information with students on their epraise accounts, following a presentation before the break and a further assembly this week.

If you experience any issues logging into your MCAS account or if you are unsure of your login details, please contact mcas@ka.vale-academy.org for assistance. 

Important links:

Year 9 Pathways Booklet: King Alfred's Academy - Year 8 - 9 Pathways Booklet (kaacademy.org)

Online submission form link: https://forms.office.com/e/439wVXgTQP

year 9

No specific updates this week

year 10

No specific updates this week

year 11

As we approach the GCSE and BTEC exam season, we would like to confirm that lessons will be continuing as normal in the lead up to and start of exams. This is a crucial time for students to take advantage of the revision lessons that will be put on by our subject-specialist teachers. As such, students must attend all lessons up until and including Thursday 6th June, where they will have a celebration leavers assembly at the end of the day. Study leave will then commence from Friday 7th June where students will only be expected to come in for their examinations (in full school uniform) although we will still be providing a quiet space for independent revision for any students who wish to be in school each day (again, in full school uniform). 

year 12

Week commencing Monday 22nd April is Work Experience Week for Year 12 and therefore there will not be any formal lessons taking place. 

The majority of students will be out of school all week in their placements. If your child is ill next week, please can you inform both their placement employer and the school on the morning of their absence. 

Any student who has not arranged a placement will be expected to attend school every day at 8.45am, and will be completing a virtual online work experience course. 

Any student who has arranged their placement for an alternative date will be expected in school for their normal lesson times, and will be provided with independent study materials by their teaching staff.

year 13

The last day for official A Level lessons is Friday 10th May. The majority of A Level students will then be on Study Leave and only need to attend their exams. There will be a small number of A Level students who will be asked to continue to attend lessons during Study Leave, and further communication will be provided shortly. All BTEC lessons will continue as normal and all BTEC students should attend all lessons until all coursework deadlines have been completed. 

All students should now be fully focused on revision in study periods, in the afternoons and evenings, and at weekends. We recommend that students reduce their paid employment hours until after the exams. 

We will be having a Leavers Celebration in Period 5 on Wednesday 8th May to celebrate the end of the student's time in Sixth Form, and we will be holding the Year 13 Prom on Wednesday 26th June. More details to follow shortly. 

UCAS University Offers: Please be aware that students need to have made their final selection of their Firm and Insurance offers by Wednesday 6th June.