"Around the school, pupils conduct themselves well; .............there is good order and a harmonious atmosphere"

OFSTED May 2016

Year 11 Information Page

Dear Year 11,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well. I am greatly encouraged that we as a community are hopefully beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and that we can start to plan for the future again.

I wanted to write to you to update you on a few things.

1. Year 11 Coursework
I am aware that some students have been finishing pieces of coursework and other work. 

"Ofqual’s guidance on awarding GCSE, AS and A levels makes clear that there is no requirement for schools and colleges to set additional mock exams or homework tasks for the purposes of determining a centre assessment grade, and no student should be disadvantaged if they are unable to complete any work set after schools and colleges were closed."

If you have been completing work, and there was no expectation that you had to, please can you now send your work into school either via the post or drop it off at school. Please ensure that the work is clearly labelled. If you are unable to get your work to us safely please do not worry as we have enough information and data to make a sound grade decision. Now work submitted after Friday 15th May can be considered.

2. Exam Grades
Exam grades will be published on August 20th as planned, I will update you closer to the time about how these will be given to you.

Any questions about awarding of grades can be answered from the Government advice found here - 


3. Leavers Assembly and Prom
We are as keen as you to be arranging the special events which form a part of the end of Year 11, including the Leavers Assembly and Prom. Mrs Gibson is working hard behind the scenes on this so that as soon as we are able to move forward we can let you know the plans!

4. Year 12 Plans
If you are currently unsure what to do for Year 12 or you are uncertain of any of your college offers, please contact Mr Peebles or Mrs Gibson on their emails below and we can continue to support you with these next steps.

5. What should you be doing now?
English and maths teachers continue to set you work in google classroom and we recommend that you complete this work. This is especially true if you intend to go on to study either of these subjects or science at A Level. If you want to start to prepare for your college course, have a look on the course website and see what units or topics you will study in your first year. Do some research on those topics via BBC Bitesize. If you are going on to study a vocational course such as Veterinary Nursing or Tree Surgery have a look for any professional associations for that career as they often have educational sections on their website which can give you links to relevant research or newsletters. You could also contact the college to ask them if there is something they would suggest that you do at the moment, some colleges have a section on their website for new Year 12s in September.

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Recent weeks have been very unsettling following the announcement that year 11 exams have been cancelled this summer.

The Government have now decided what has to be done so that students can receive grades.

They have released 2 documents to provide guidance as to how qualifications will be awarded this summer. Both documents can be found in the link on the Y11 Information Page.

In summary, the guidance supports teachers in ensuring that they are fair to students this summer and to make sure you are not disadvantaged in your progress to post 16 Education.

We will send exam boards information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements. This will include the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned. The school will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

This information will then give the Government information to standardised grades across all schools to try to make sure grades are as fair as possible.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to continue to email myself or Mrs Gibson at any time.
Mr Peebles
Assistant Headteacher | HOY11

FREE Online Careers Information Service

Hampshire Futures has developed a webpage dedicated to careers information which can be accessed through https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshirefutures/yourfuture
Hampshire have made this site accessible for all, including young people, and will be updated regularly with useful and up to date information and careers resources. 
They will be posting bite sized careers related videos very soon. Please contact us at careers.service@  

Latest update from QMC

Financial Support for Vyne School Students

What is the aim?
The purpose of the charity is to support students Basingstoke in pursuit of education based activities and have now opened applications to grants.

Do you have to be a QMC student?
No. The grant can be used towards studies, broader educational experiences, equipment and consumables.
Over the years they have supported the purchase of equipment, paid for course fees, travel, or any other item - in short anything that supports the student to achieve their goal.

Who has to apply?
You, the student. It is for individuals not establishments

Can I apply in Year 11?
Yes, under 16s can apply

Where do I go?
This is the link  https://qmcfoundation.org.uk/
Do I need to contact the school?
Yes, before you send off the application form email Mr Peebles or Mrs Gibson who will provide a required reference to include details of your attendance

Release 3/4/20:
‘We appreciate your concerns at this unprecedented time. While the details are not yet clear we would seek to reassure all year 11s that they will not be penalised in this situation and that guidance will be given as soon as it is available. At this time your health and safety are paramount, and we will have this at the forefront of all actions moving forward.’
For any further information about applications email  admissions@qmc.ac.uk

NOW: Virtual Open Event. 

From questions about the best subject combinations to take to pursue your goals, to presentations from QMC students to give you the lowdown on College life, all aspects of QMC will be open to you on these evenings. 

You will be able to have one-to-one chats with teaching staff to seek information about subjects and do some more general fact-finding in order to plan your next move. Make sure you get to one of these evenings so that you can start planning in plenty of time.  

here is the link: QMC Virtual Open Evening Link

Latest updates from BCOT

Year 11’s preparation for college 

BCOT have created a central page on their website to help Year 11’s prepare for college in September. They will be able to access lots of different subject specific resources on there including information about the college, the courses they have applied for, contact information for curriculum leaders and tasks/work to do. 

Here is the link to BCOT's Year 11’s Preparation for College webpage: https://bcot.ac.uk/preparing-for-college

BCOT are running online subject sessions with Year 11’s starting on Monday 11th May. 

BCOT will be contacting all applicants via email to inform them of how to access these sessions. 

New Year 11 applicants, undecided Year 11 applicants

As a result cancelled events due to Covid-19, BCOT will be holding an Online Open Event to replace these on the 9th June. 

There will be a variety of talks, including one from the Principal, Anthony Bravo, a talk about the support we offer at BCoT, and an apprenticeship talk. In addition there will be a variety of subject talks that applicants can sign up to. Timings will be confirmed nearer the time.


It is not too late to apply to BCOT. Students are still more than welcome to apply via their website https://www.bcot.ac.uk/ where there is an option to ‘apply now’. 

When you have applied, BCOT will be in touch with you to advise you on the next steps of their application. 

Upcoming online events are coming soon: BCOT will be posting more information on our social pages. 

Do you require any career advice?

If anyone in Yr11 requires any advice BCOT Careers Advisor Anna Thorpe is kindly offering online careers advice sessions for applicants, so if you would like one, 

Email her at nextyear@bcot.ac.uk and they will arrange one for you.

NOW: Virtual Open Event. 

BCOT teachers, students and staff have adapted to the current situation to bring you an online version of the Open Evening that had to be postponed in April. Of course, it's not quite the same as attending in person, and it's harder for us to show off our vibrant and welcoming atmosphere this way. However, you'll find lots of videos and information about courses, facilities, support and extra opportunities to help build your excitement and inform your choices. We hope you enjoy it.

Latest update from Sparsholt

Sparsholt College Update (1st May)

Our expert lecturers have created a range of activities, resources and tools within the different subject areas available at Sparsholt College. We hope these will help prepare applicants for joining us in September. All applicants have already been provided with this information and are now accessing the welcome activities which will be regularly updated by our academic colleagues.

The link for the welcome activities is -


Also, just a reminder that it is business as usual for applying to Sparsholt College as all our teams are working remotely.  Applications can be submitted through the link below:


If you have specific enquiries about joining college

Website: coursesandover@sparsholt.ac.uk

More Careers Guidance and Advice


  • Aspiral Learning at BCOT have prepared a general presentation (Apprenticeships at BCoT) which is the one they would show at an assembly. This presentation gives a general overview on what an apprenticeship is and the difference between Day Release and Work Based Learning.

  • The second presentation is the one they would show on applicant evening (Starting your Apprenticeship) which is what a student would hear/see when they come in to college and it talks them through the “what happens next” stages before they enrol.

Further Helpful Advice



We are in contact with the Hotel, who will advise us as soon as possible as to the possibility of our prom continuing on our planned date (18th June) or as to a new date when we can definitely have our celebrations with them. We will keep you updated regularly here, but please be assured we will have a Prom we just need to clarify when!

Friday 3rd July: Hoodie Ordering is now closed.

Thank you for the huge response. We are processing the orders and hopefully they will be ready in August.

We will keep you updated and give you plenty of notice when they arrive.

Need advice from school

IT Help Email:

Mr Peebles, your Head of Year:

Mr Gibson, your KS4 Co-coordinator: