Dear Parents of Pre-Sixth Form students for Oaklands,
It is with regret I must tell you that our Pre-Sixth Form Days 16-18 June 2021 are now cancelled.
We have taken into account the growing risk of the new Delta Variant as well as the risk to present Y12 students with whom lesson space would have been shared, had events gone ahead. Even though our Sixth Formers at Oaklands are self-testing twice a week we have little control over in-coming applicants, so a risk of virus-spread is greater if the planned days go ahead. Y12 have an important set of end of year exams so we wish to reduce risk for them needing to self-isolate and miss the tests, given the growing resurgence of the latest variant and its prevalence in younger people.
We apologise for this late change of plans but clear guidance for schools changed after yesterday’s Cabinet Office announcement (Monday 14 June) and we have had to make a number of changes to our activities for the rest of this term.
If you wish to discuss subject choices I am happy to accommodate this with video calls if an email is not enough. If you would like a face to face meeting and a short tour of the college this will need to take place after hours at 4pm. Please contact sixth form reception to arrange this.
We look forward more than ever to welcoming students to Sixth Form at Oaklands in September and will facilitate some lengthier induction days so that we can ease you all in to Sixth Form life! In the meantime, materials are available from every Level 3 subject on our school website. Find the Taster Days June 2021 tab within the Sixth Form menu and browse the activities that teachers have set up for your time with us this week. After such an abrupt change of plans some teachers may need at least until tomorrow to upload materials but it will be on there as soon as possible!
Best wishes for a safe and healthy summer,
Director of Sixth Form Learning, Assistant Headteacher