Important Letter from Sarah Hawtin, Visions Academy, Crawley

By Tricia

September 2017

September 2017

By Tricia

I thought I would share a recent experience with you, about new learners joining our academy. The following seems to be a growing trend, it has happened to four of our new starts this year. 

By now, your potential new starts will have their GCSE results, but what you might not know is if their grades were a 4 or lower in maths/English, their school may have been in touch with them and their parents saying they need to remain at school to retake the exams to gain a pass. 

As we know, this is incorrect, the learner can leave school, but the school are not making this option known to the learner or parents. This has led to a lot of confusion and upset with lots of phone calls from worried parents saying that the school says their son or daughter has to return to school to study and retake these exams.

I have since spoken with all of our new starts to give them the correct information and explained the options open to them. If the parents or learners had not told us this, we would have lost four of our apprentices – which are hard to come by anyway. Even more worrying, the learners would have been pushed into carrying on in an education plan that wasn’t suited to them.