Contextual information for Higher Education providers:
Melksham Oak is comprehensive school serving the market town of Melksham with a population of approx. 28,000. Some pupils come from areas of the town which are categorised as being the most disadvantaged areas in Wiltshire. The school has approximately 1250 pupils and a 6th form of 130 students. The curriculum offers academic and vocational courses and a range of extra-curricular opportunities in order to cater for the wide range of pupils. Most 6th form students gain places at university with 14% going to Russell group universities, other students go onto apprenticeships or directly into employment.
COVID 19 implications for current Year 13 cohort.
On Monday 23rd March 2019 Melksham Oak Community School closed due to Government guidelines. By the end of that week Year 11 students without access to IT resources were identified and plans were put in place to loan them school laptops to support their continued studies.From 29th March students were being set remote learning work by their KS4 teachers and a limited number of live lessons were delivered. After the Easter break students were being set online, video-ed/narrated and live lessons using Teams. Regular work was being set for students during this period which followed the subject specifications and for preparing students for possible examinations. The uptake in accessing this work varied from student to student depending on their circumstances but overall the work was well received. Centre Assessed Grades were generated in the months following and were used to determine GCSE grades.
When we returned in September we worked with students entering the 6th form on their mental health, team building activities and study skills in readying students for Year 12. Students were in bubble groups from September to December before another national lockdown. Students were given online and Teams lessons to support their learning and progress with their Level 3 courses. In July we run end of year exams for Year 12 but these had to be done in classrooms and not in an examination hall so our students have not sat formal examinations since June 2018 when they were in Year 10.
On our return to school on 3rd September 2021, 6th form students had a phased return due to Covid testing requirements. Our school is almost back to running normally with all lessons being delivered face to face with teachers and students not having to be in "bubbles". The current Year 13s are preparing for mock exams in November 2021 and March 2022 to prepare them for the formal examinations in 2022…we hope.