Parent FAQ Page

Question:

My son/daughter is in Year 14 and is unclear what steps he/she needs to take to ensure a smooth transition to university in light of the cancellation of examinations.

Answer:

A picture is evolving and students should read the Wallace Careers Twitter account https://twitter.com/WHS_CareersDept daily.  Mr Beaton is updating the account as he receives advice from UCAS and individual universities. 

Mr Cleland, Curriculum Vice Principal, will update students once information from CCEA is finalised.  The updates will be on the school twitter account https://twitter.com/WallaceHigh.  For students in U6 following the BTEC course, Mr Cleland will update you when he receives any information.

Question:

I am a Year 12, L6 or U6 student and, whilst finding the first week of being out of school has been time to relax, I know that I may be bored as we are told increasingly to stay indoors or at home by government.  How can I look after my mental health?

Answer:

From Monday, 30 March, Wallace Heads of Year and Mr Atkinson, Pastoral Vice Principal, shall begin to provide regular ‘wellbeing’ ‘pastoral’ and other advice and activities/ideas to ensure that we continue to exercise our duty of care to all our students.  Look out for these updates on twitter from 30 March.  If you are concerned about your general mental wellbeing, please remember to email your Head of Year who will be able to give you individualised support material.

Question:

I have a question about A’Level coursework.  I am in Upper Sixth at Wallace.  Should I finish my coursework?  How should I hand my coursework in?

Answer:

The current advice is that students ‘pause’ where they are in the process of completion of their coursework in Upper Sixth.  In some cases, the final drafts or indeed completed coursework might be with your teacher.  In other cases, you might have the coursework and not have shared the final draft or completed coursework with your teacher.  Please keep coursework, as it is completed to date, safe.  Please do not worry about this.

Question:

I am a Lower Sixth/Year 12 student and do not know what to do about coursework.

Answer:

Please see the answer above.  The same advice applies to all external examination coursework and BTEC coursework.

Question:

I am in Upper Sixth/Lower Sixth/Year 12 and have read that the opinions of teachers, predicted grades, mock examinations may well all form part of my final grade.  I have real concerns here as I honestly did not try my best in my mocks.

Answer:

We know very well at Wallace that mocks are not a realistic reflection of actual grades.  Remember you have followed a unique target setting process with your teachers and Pastoral Staff at Wallace.  We know you really well, we know what we expect of you and we have always had and will have the highest expectations of what you were going to achieve this summer. 

Please do not worry about this.  In school, as I explained to Sixth Form in Assembly last week, we brought forward all our administrative and pastoral procedures for examination students.  You have been each carefully considered individually.  Any personal circumstances or pressures you were facing have all been discussed and accommodations made in our planning and records.  Once we know how grades are to be awarded, we shall let you know.  To prevent misunderstandings, we shall not release information until the full picture of how grades are being decided is clear.

Question:

I am in Year 12 and have chosen 3 or 4 A’Level/BTEC subjects for next year.  Is there anything of use I can do, to prepare for next year?

Answer:

Yes!  At Wallace we always say ‘never waste a moment’!  So from 30 March our Subject Departments will provide reading material for AS/BTEC courses for Lower Sixth 2020-21.  We will not be requiring that you hand in any work, but we think reading around your subjects is a useful support for preparation for next year. 

Enjoy! :0)  Learning is never wasted.  We should all be lifelong learners.

Question:

My child is in Primary 6 at The Wallace High School Preparatory Department.  I am worried about their preparation for AQE.  What can I do/should I be doing?

Answer:

The first piece of advice is that you should stay calm, remain calm and reassure your child if he/she has any concerns.  We are the adults, we must lead the way.

Secondly the, in terms of preparation for AQE, I can assure you that Mrs Natalie Calo is a wonderful teacher; you and your child are in the very best hands.  Please do not have any concerns about the quality of work being sent and assessed.  You can certainly support your child by helping them when they need help, listening to what they have been doing with Mrs Calo digitally.

Thirdly, as a school we are in contact with AQE and if there is anything you need to know, we shall let you know.  Please do not worry, we have this all in hand.

Question:

My child is in the Preparatory Department and I am concerned about his/her (and my own!) wellbeing as we all work from home.  How might I best support my young children/child?

Answer:

From 30 March the Preparatory Department will send out regular tweets which share fun activities that children and/or whole families might do together.  Please visit https://twitter.com/wallaceprep for lots of surprises!

Question:

I am concerned about returning to Sixth Form and how application will work.

Answer:

Wallace will continue to work with the examination boards to ensure awarded grades are as accurate as possible. The school will look at school and subject entry criteria once a full picture is available in August.