Contextual Information for Higher Education Providers (2021 Applicants)
Due to government guidelines, Rainham Mark Grammar School was closed to all students from 23rd March 2020, with the exception of key workers’ children.
Teachers continued to follow the subject specifications, setting work intended to equate to the number of hours taught in the usual cycle. Assignments were supplemented by narrated PowerPoint presentations in some cases, however we were unable to offer any online lessons until June 22nd. Year 12 students then had the option to attend two half-hour lessons per subject each week as well as a one-off four-hour session per subject in school. This was limited by the capacity of the digital infrastructure of the school. We did not have as comprehensive digital infrastructure as other schools (for example, Google Classrooms). Our primary platform for digital content was the RMGS Community Youtube Channel and Moodle.
No formal assessments in controlled conditions were able to take place during this time. The predicted grades provided to UCAS have therefore been determined using a holistic approach, considering progress and attitude to learning prior to, and following, the school’s closure. Students completed a suite of assessments on week five and week six of term one upon their return to school, as well as voluntary summer work, which was also considered when reviewing and finalising predicted grades.
From 3rd September students have returned to school following their usual timetable, however our enrichment programme and all extra-curricular activities have been suspended.
Further information regarding our sixth form can be found here: https://www.rainhammark.com/6thformmainpage