Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you have had a lovely short week. We have really enjoyed seeing pupils taking part in the whole range of activities including activities on Hoy, powerboating, beach walks and tabletop gaming.
To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, all schools across Orkney are closed tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday. Monday is also an in-service day for all schools so pupils will not be back in school until Tuesday 7th June.
On Tuesday we’ll start our new timetable, and we look forward to welcoming our senior pupils back to school on that day. If any pupils or parents have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Today’s update has 3 notices from Mr Ewing:
We hope you all have a relaxing long weekend,
Miss Claire Meakin
Our new timetable will begin on Tuesday 7 June. We will be running a series of assemblies to update pupils on college and other arrangements. We are hoping to keep any subject changes to a minimum as the timetable settles, but we recognised that after pupils receive their results, changes may be required and further details on how this will work will follow shortly
S5/6 Learner Agreement
All S5 and S6 pupils will be required to sign a learner's agreement at the start of the new session, and I will be asking parents to sign this as well. The learner's agreement will be given to S5/6 pupils as a hard copy on the first day of the new term. The agreement will be a two-way document with clear expectations of the attitude and work ethic we expect from S5 and S6 learners but also what pupils in S5/6 should expect from the Kirkwall Grammar School.
Our SQA exams ended on Wednesday and we are delighted with the effort and hard work our pupils have out into their exams. We would also like to thank our invigilator team and KGS office staff and technicians who did so much work behind the scenes to make sure the exams went as smoothly as possible.
If on results day a pupil feels their result is lower than expected, they may be able to appeal that result. Appeals can be prioritised if pupils have a conditional place at university or college. There is no charge for appeals. Eligibility criteria for Appeals 2022 are in place to support fairness and to ensure that learners are accessing the service on an equitable basis. Therefore, the following criteria must be met:
· Learner’s estimate is greater than their certificated grade. For example, if the learner’s exam result is a grade C but their estimate was a grade B.
· All centres must submit an estimate to SQA for each learner per subject/level. Estimated bands of zero or blank will not be eligible.
· Learners must have taken and/or submitted all coursework and formal assessments including exams.
· At least one component of the course assessment must be marked by SQA. Fully internally assessed courses are not eligible for appeals
The deadlines for submitting a priority appeal are:
· Learner direct - Tuesday 16 August at 11.59 pm
· Centres - Friday 19 August at 5 pm
Results of all priority appeals will be released to centres on Monday 5 September and sent to UCAS on Tuesday 6 September.
The deadlines for submitting all other appeals are:
· Learner direct - Tuesday 30 August at 11.59 pm
· Centres – Friday 2 September at 5 pm
SQA Results day
This year's results day is Tuesday 9th August. Pupils can sign up to get their results by text and details are in the Your Exams link below Your Exams 2022 (sqa.org.uk)