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Dear Students,

The government has shared some dates and details with us re the grading of examinations today. Here are some extracts of the key information.  The full information is here.
Through the consultation, you had your opportunity to have your say about the exams and it is reassuring to see that 52% of the 100 000 responses were from pupils.


Students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught, the Education Secretary announced today (Thursday, 25 February).

Fairness and flexibility are at the heart of the Government’s plans to ensure young people get to their next stage of education or training.

Teachers will be able to draw on a range of evidence when determining grades, including the optional use of questions provided by exam boards, as well as mock exams, coursework, or other work completed as part of a pupil’s course, such as essays or in-class tests. No algorithm will be used.

Teachers will submit grades to exam boards by 18 June, allowing as much teaching time as possible before teachers make their assessments.

Results days for GCSE, A level and some vocational qualifications will take place in the week of 9 August – moved forward from the week of the 23 August. These earlier dates provide additional time for appeals to be completed, so students reliant on those outcomes to achieve their university offer have the best chance of accessing a place.

To support teachers in making their judgements, exam boards will provide detailed guidance before the end of the spring term.

Schools, colleges and other educational settings will conduct multiple checks – such as checking consistency of judgements across teachers and that the correct processes were followed – to ensure as much fairness as possible.

At the same time, exam boards will conduct their own checks, through a combination of random sampling and more targeted scrutiny where they identify cause for concern.

Every student will have the right to appeal their grade.

The proposals being taken forward were supported in responses to the department and Ofqual’s largest ever consultation, with over 100,000 responses of which just over half (52%) came from pupils.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:Young people have shown incredible resilience over the last year, continuing with their learning amidst unprecedented challenges while the country battles with this pandemic. Those efforts deserve to be fairly rewarded.

That’s why we are providing the fairest possible system for those pupils, asking those who know them best – their teachers – to determine their grades, with our sole aim to make sure all young people can progress to the next stage of their education or career.

I also recognise many students need their vocational and technical qualifications to enter into work. Exams and practical assessments in these courses are essential for the students to progress to the next stage, and so it’s right that these continue.

Ofqual’s Interim Chief Regulator Simon Lebus said:

We know how difficult this past year has been for many students, parents, schools and colleges. In normal years, we rely on exams to support students’ progression.

This year it is teachers’ judgement that will be used to assess what has been learned and determine student grades. Assessment cannot itself serve as an instrument to recover lost learning and compensate for the different experiences students will have had in different parts of the country, and the arrangements being put in place will therefore only take into account what students have been taught, not what they have missed. The aim is to make it no harder overall for this year’s students to receive a particular grade than students in other years.

I am confident that these arrangements will allow all parts of the education and training sector to work together collectively to make sure students’ grades reflect what they have achieved and provide a sound basis to enable them to make good decisions about their future.

Best wishes and keep aiming high,

Mrs. J. Stubbs
Deputy Headteacher – Outcomes and Teacher Standards


Dear Students,

As you will have heard from the news, we will be returning to school on 8th March. Further details about your return will follow from Ms. Service and Mr. McLoughlin next week.
Today, I am writing to you about the Mock Examinations which will begin on 15th March.  You can find the schedule on the Exams Timetable page for you to plan your revision for the next 20 days.
Please do not panic. We have been continually preparing you for the forthcoming exams and we have every confidence in your abilities to show us what you know and what needs further work. Remember, your original mock examinations were scheduled for January 4th onwards and you have learned so much more since then so will be in an even stronger position than you would have been.
Remember, the mock examination results will not necessarily be your final grades, they will be an indicator for us in terms of what to enter. We will be using the mock examination results as one of several measures to validate the grades that we will enter to the examination boards. There will be further assessments in your lessons up until the point of data entry to the exam boards, but know that along this route, we will support you every step of the way.
We know that exams are stressful and will do everything that we can to ease your nerves and help you to be prepared for the next stage of your education.
When we get further information from Ofqual, we will let you know.
If you have any questions, please let me know.

Mrs. J. Stubbs
Deputy Headteacher – Outcomes and Teacher Standards


All pupils in Islington are warmly invited to take part in contributing artwork to our new Inter Faith calendar this year. Please see the slideshow for the competition instructions.

The theme is “One Planet, Many Faiths” and the deadline is 15th February 2021.

IFF Calendar KS3

We look forward to seeing your work

AMSI Art Department


Dear Parents and Carers,

The government has now issued guidance to all schools to prepare for the full opening in September for all year groups. We are currently building the ‘new normal’ for AMSI’s provision of a broad and balanced curriculum for all students. As we are able to, we will update you on the changes that will have to be put in place to ensure that AMSI is a safe environment for all.  It is unfortunate that COVID-19 will still play a part in our everyday lives and as such we have to make significant changes to the way we operate.  I hope you will be supportive of the school and will continue to check the website on a weekly basis for updates.

Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021

I will also like to draw to your attention the consultation from Ofqual on the changes to assessments in  Summer 2021. We would encourage you to give feedback through this link to Ofqual by 16th July; this is particularly pertinent for the parents and carers of Year 10 students.

Keep safe,

Susan Service


AMSI Education Mental Health Practitioner Assembly

Please watch this video introducing you to the Islington Mental Health Services Team who will be based at AMSI from September 2020. 

If you feel that you have any concerns which you would like to talk about, please fill in the attached application form and email it to Ms Begum, Ms Harris or Ms Morgan.

Islington’s Schools Well-being Service


This week’s champions for the Friday School Quiz are:

Y7: Arthur
Y8: Tied between Amber and Harrison
Y9: Matilde
Y10: Tristan

Well done to all that entered.  


Positive moments in lockdown by Islington Mental Health Support team (Whittington Health NHS Trust)


Dear Students,

We hope you have had a restful half term and hope that everyone is safe and well.

Further to the letter sent to your parents on 22/5/20 by Ms Service, the government guidance now states that secondary schools will not reopen for Year 10 until the 15th June at the earliest. This is the current government guidance and is subject to change.

When we reopen it will not be the same structure as pre closure. There will be some two-hour’ face to face’ sessions with your teachers to supplement your remote learning. In accordance with DfE advice, sessions will have no more than 15 students. During the sessions, you will undertake a range of activities, aimed at supporting both your learning and your wellbeing.

You must continue with all remote learning activities as directed by your teachers on Google classroom. You must also sign in via the Attendance Register every morning by 10 am.

You will also be expected to wear full school uniform and will be turned away if they are not wearing the correct attire.  

We will inform you via phone call and text message the day before you are due to come in confirming the time we expect them. We ask you not to arrive overly early or late for their session. 

Finally, please prompt your parents/carers to complete survey on the website from the following link.

If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact me or Mr Thompson.

Best wishesMrs. J. Stubbs


Dear Students,
As we approach the end of this half term, I am sure many of you have established some good routines;  if you have not, it is not too late to start focussing on your learning and you. We have sent through a new planner for the next half term; if you have not yet received this it should be with you in a few days.  Please use your planner every day and keep it safe; when you return to school, we would like to see both of your planners from Summer 1 and Summer 2.

Mr Castillo has made a video that highlights some important features on Google Classroom, of which you may not be aware; it is attached to this email. Please remember that we use the due date as the day set so that work appears on your calendar.  You may need to spend longer on the tasks and that is perfectly fine.  During this remote learning phase, do not be concerned with any late submission comments which are automatically generated. Please just continue to do your best as every piece of work that you do and every book that you read makes a difference towards your future achievement. A useful question to ask yourself is, “How will this help my future self?”. 

We are displaying examples of excellent work via the website. Please feel free to share any work that you are proud of and would like to be considered for our website

Please remember that if you need any support, your teachers are here to help you. If you are unable to make contact with a teacher, please let me know.

Best wishes to you all, and stay alert!
Mrs. J. Stubbs
Deputy Headteacher – Outcomes and Teacher Standards


May 20th – National Thank a Teacher Day

How are you going to thank YOUR teacher?

Do you have a STAR teacher? Do you miss seeing them every day? This Thank A Teacher Day let’s take the opportunity to say thank you to all our amazing teachers and support staff, who are doing a star job each and every day.

Share your message of thanks with us before the 20th May, ideally in a video clip, or in an expression of your choosing. Our theme this year is a star. How creative can you be? Maybe you and your school will feature as our #StarOfTheDay on social media

The aim is to get as many messages of thanks and some great stories about the teachers and support staff who are being thanked so we can share them with the whole country on National Thank a Teacher Day on May 20th.

  • This will take place this year on Wednesday 20th May 2020 – and we will be celebrating and thanking teachers on social media all that week
  • You can find more detail here National Thank a Teacher Day


Dear Students,

We hope all is well with you and your families.

Just a reminder that it is a Bank Holiday tomorrow so school and virtual school will not be open; this means that your teachers will not be posting work tomorrow.

If you want to do something a little different, why not visit The Great British Intelligence Test from BBC 2 Horizon. Although there will be no work set tomorrow, there will be a quiz posted at 3pm so watch out for that too.

Wishing you a restful weekend and we all look forward to hearing news from the government on Sunday about next steps for the country. 

When it is safe to do so, we are looking forward to having you all back at school. In the meantime, keep up with your learning to make your return to school as smooth as possible and remember if you need help, ask.

Best wishes,

Mrs. J. Stubbs
Deputy Headteacher – Outcomes and Teacher Standards


Dear Students,

We hope you are safe and well.  Welcome back to a new term with a very different feel.  You should have received your weekly planner and additional materials in the post over the last couple of days, if you have not received these or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Mrs. Stubbs
Deputy Headteacher

Physical Exercise

As a result of our current closure, you will be missing the opportunity for some vital physical exercise. Therefore, for your PE, lessons we would like you to complete a 20 minute HIIT session twice a week.

Please see the videos below and enjoy the workouts.

Mr Errington