Arrangements for Collecting GCSE Grades on Thursday 20th August

In order to manage the process during the pandemic, please note that we can only accept students into school to collect their grades.  If parents wish to accompany their son or daughter we kindly ask that you please wait outside.  Students should arrive at the following times to collect their grades.  It is important that we stagger arrival times to ensure social distancing can take place. 






11:30- 11:45 




A - C

Cleaning time 



D - H 

Cleaning time 



I - P

Cleaning time 



R – W


Students should not come at a different time; if they do they will be asked to come back later. 

If for any reason your child is unable to collect their grades due to self-isolation, please email

Various staff will be on hand on the day to offer support to students and give advice and guidance with regards to next steps.    

Careers support will be available by phone on the day from our partner Changing Education (phone number available on the day).    Positive Steps Careers Service will be available to provide independent career advice by calling 0800 484 0407 / 0161 621 9292 or emailing 


College Enrolment

Enrolment at Tameside College, Clarendon College and Ashton 6th Form College is taking place over 5 days between 20th August – 25th August

The most important thing is to support our students and ensure they get on to the right post-16 pathways including the right college course or training option. Tameside schools, colleges, providers, teaching unions and the Council have come together to ensure this support is in place and we fully anticipate that for the vast majority of students the process will be straightforward. 

Our local colleges have been working closely with the local authority and schools to discuss transition arrangements.  ​The colleges will be using the nationally standardised grades awarded by exam boards on 20th August to discuss first year/year 12 study programme options and will use these when taking decisions on programme type and level.  This will ensure all students are placed on the right course.  It is important that students have all of their grades with them when enrolling, including any taken in years 9 and 10. Tameside schools and colleges have agreed arrangements to communicate with each other during the main enrolment period in order to discuss any issues that might arise with the standardised grades awarded.  This will be done on a case by case basis.  

The colleges will be contacting students with enrolment invites over the summer period. ​It is important that students arrive on time for these appointments and adhere to social distancing rules; if there are any issues with the time and date of appointments, please contact the admissions team at the appropriate college as soon as possible so alternative arrangements can be made. 

Once college places, apprenticeship and training options are secured, if for any reason your child would like to know their centre assessed grades, they can ask for a request form from Mr Muddiman. 

Students who are unhappy with their grades will have the opportunity to take their exams in the autumn or in summer 2021. If they choose to do this, students will be able to use the higher of the two grades for future progression.  



Mrs Robertson has contacted students by e mail with details of when they are able to come in to school to empty their locker. If this hasn't been received please contact school. 


Leavers' Assembly Videos



Year 11 I know how disappointed you all have been about how your school career has ended. I, like you, was really excited and looking forward to celebrating all of your hard work and efforts at your leavers’ assembly and the Prom.

We are continuously receiving updates from the government but at present we are unable to make any plans going forward about celebrating your time at Alder.

We hope to be able to celebrate and recognise all of your hard work at some point in the future when it is safe to do so.

I am currently working on a virtual Leavers’ Assembly for you. I want to make it as special as I possibly can including as many of your school memories as I can so if you haven’t already done so, please email me your photos to include.


Exam Results 2020

Centre assessed grades have now been sent to the exam boards and results will be available on Thursday, 20th August.  We will be in touch with you closer to the time to let you know the arrangements for collecting your results.


Planning for College

Most of you have applied to College and been offered a place. The final decision about your place will take place at enrolment, subject to your GCSE results, usually around September 1st. The college will get in touch to confirm this. If you have not met the course requirements they will discuss alternative courses you could take at enrolment. No student will be refused a College place, but you may not get on the course of your choice if you don't meet the requirements.

Some telephone interviews are still due to take place, they will get in touch with you if so. If you change your mind about the course you applied for, contact the college directly through the admissions email address below:

Ashton Sixth Form:

Tameside or Clarendon College: 

If you are interested in doing an apprenticeship you can browse vacancies on the government apprenticeship website. Be aware that apprenticeship recruitment may currently be on hold due to COVID-19.

Ashton 6th Form College, Tameside College and Clarendon College all have lots of information on how you can get ready and prepared for starting college in September. 

If you haven't decided what route you want to take in the future or if you feel like you still need some support to make your decision you can contact our careers advisor or Mr Eaton in school.

Eton X is an online course aimed at Year 11 students to help them prepare for their future career. All the information is available here.

Speakers for Schools is another great resource for inspiration for the future.


School Nursing Team

Moving to college can be a worrying experience under normal circumstances however some of these worries may be heightened as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. If you are struggling emotionally and need someone to talk to other than your family and friends, you could contact School Health Service Advice Line on 0161 366 2317. This can be accessed on a Monday to Friday 9.00 – 4.00pm.  If they are not able to take your call, please leave your name, number and contact details and they will get back to you.


Your Health and Wellbeing

Spending too much time on your screen? Social media is a brilliant way of keeping in touch, but make sure you have time away from a screen – it’s easy to get overwhelmed with notifications, messaging and some of the unhelpful expectations and pressures we feel as a result of what we see on-line.

Feeling unmotivated? Sometimes we all feel unmotivated - organising our day into a routine can help us feel grounded and structured. Building up a timetable of activities and goals can help keep us motivated - they help us in our day to day routine and give us something to work at through the day.  Goals don’t have to be too big. Setting goals helps us feel organised and we feel a sense of achievement when we complete a task.  You could even try the ‘three list technique’ – one list for if you’re having a bad day, one for if you’re having a normal day, and one for if you’re having a really good day.


More emotional wellbeing support is available here.


Celebration Assemblies

Year 11 Celebration Assembly


Year 11 GCSE Art Exhibition


Year 11 GCSE Photography Exhibition


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