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Trumpington Community College welcomes visit from Ofqual’s Chief Regulator
Katrina Amabile
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Trumpington Community College welcomes visit from Ofqual’s Chief Regulator

Today, our students and staff received a visit from Dr Jo Saxton, Chief Regulator at Ofqual as part of her ongoing ‘listening tour’ of schools around the country.

Jo began her visit with a special learning walk around the College, led by two of our Year 10 students. The students proudly showed Jo the lessons taking place across the College, including Year 11 science, where students were hard at work preparing for next week’s mock exams, Year 10 English and Key Stage 3 maths, history and design and technology.

Following this, Jo held a meeting with a group of our Year 11 students in our new library. Together, students spoke about what, in their experience, works well in the current qualification system as well as any particular challenges they’re facing. They also discussed how their learning has been impacted over the past two years as a result of disruption due to the pandemic and the preparations already underway for their upcoming summer examinations.

Across the College, our staff have been working tirelessly to ensure our students have everything they need to make the most of their time in school and catch up on any lost learning. For our Year 11s, we offer daily subject-specific support after school, alongside subject and more general drop-ins at lunchtime. We also have an extensive online learning and revision suite which our pupils are able to access and regularly share revision and exam preparation materials. At Easter, we will be running additional revision and intervention sessions for students.  

One of the Year 11 students involved in the meeting, Annabelle, said:

It was really interesting learning about how changes to exam boards occur and how decisions are made about which information is included in an exam.

Lily, another Year 11 student added:

Dr Saxton gave us an insight into how exam grade boundaries work and how exams have been changed as the result of the pandemic.

Matthew Oughton, Principal at Trumpington Community College said:

We were delighted to welcome Dr Jo Saxton to the academy and give her an opportunity to see first-hand the excellent teaching and learning taking place here. I know our Year 11 students appreciated the opportunity to speak with Jo about their experiences over the past two years and the high aspirations they have for their futures. They each spoke confidently and were fantastic representatives of our school community.

The Chief Regulator is set to continue her tour over the coming months as she looks to speak to young people in every region of the country.

Dr Jo Saxton, Chief Regulator at Ofqual, said:

“I particularly enjoyed visiting Trumpington Community College to see at first hand and hear from students the difference to their education that joining a strong family of schools has made.

“It was a welcome opportunity to talk with students in Years 10 and 11 and hear about their concerns, and explain the package of unprecedented support that has been put in place to help them return to exams as we emerge from the pandemic.”

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