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‘2021 exam proposals are a disgrace!’ – Crawley student speaks out

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Shannon Goding is a year 11 student at St Wilfrid’s school in Crawley. In her opinion piece below she writes about the support she is looking for to overturn the Secretary of State For Education, Gavin Williamson’s proposal for the exams to be held in 2021.

Gavin Williamson has declared that exams will be going on in 2021.
The government has given schools a £1 billion catch-up programme in order to give students the “best chance”.

This, in my opinion is outrageous! I do not understand how they think giving schools money will win back the time we lost.

In addition to this, exams have been postponed by three weeks to help with the disruption caused by the pandemic. Now i understand the additional three weeks will help but we missed six months of school (so far) so will this time actually make a difference?

Because of this additional three weeks of learning we are getting, exams have gone from a six week period to a four week period.

This means when students usually have one, maximum two exams everyday – some days having none – we do not. Instead we have a minimum of two exams everyday.

This is going to result in immense amounts of pressure in not only students, but teachers and family house holds.

During covid people’s mental health became a priority, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

If some schools shut and others remain open, will this be fair for everyone? The grades are given out to only a certain percentage of students in the UK. So if somewhere has had a high rise in covid cases and been forced to shut, and another place has little to none, and remains open, it is not fair as these students will be at such a great disadvantage.

Gavin williamson, this is a disgrace.
Shannon Goding

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‘We need to do what we can to help others in our community’ – Crawley pupils put others first during Children in Need day

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The words are few but powerful and spoken by a pupil at a Crawley School as they joined other pupils to take part in Children in Need Day 2020.

On Friday 13th November 2020, Children at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School in Crawley spent Children in Need Day 2020 putting others first. 

As well as donating £1 to come to school in their own clothes, raising over £355, the children and Teachers spent time looking at the work of Children in Need and other charities, such as Cafod. 

As one pupil noted ‘now more than ever, we need to do what we can to help others in our local and global community’. 

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, commented:

“As ever the OLQOH community have stepped up to help this hugely important cause.  Well done everyone & thank you!”

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