• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

Dear Year 8,

I hope I find you safe and well.  I want to start by thanking you for your support in keeping up with your learning at home and consistently showing the Abbey College Spirit in all that you do.  I have been very impressed with how you’ve risen to the challenges faced by the current situation and how well you have adapted to this new way of working.  Your subject teachers and tutors have been blown away by the exceptional work that so many of you have continued to produce.

I am writing to you in order to share with you our plans for the next phase of your learning which will begin after half term. This is an opportunity to help prepare you to make the strongest possible start to Year 9.  Each department has considered the key knowledge and skills that you will need to begin your GCSE courses and have then put together a schedule of learning for the next 7 weeks.

Your continuing feedback has helped us to shape the way that we have planned this transition work.

You said…

We did…

In some case you have simply been overwhelmed by the amount of work on Show My Homework. 

Your transition pack for each subject will outline exactly what you need to complete on a week by week basis. 

Some of you have struggled with some of the content of resources.

We have responded by ensuring that you get some audio recorded instruction and explanation from subject teachers.

Some of you have been unsure about how to submit work.

We have responded by asking all subjects to move towards using TEAMS to set and submit work.  For Year 8, your work will continue to be set on Show My Homework until 29th June, when it will all be on Teams.

There was inconsistencies with marking and feedback across subjects.

We have responded by signposting what will be marked in each pack of work.

Your work will be set weekly on Show My Homework until 29th June when Year 8 will be exclusively using TEAMS.  Please spend some time over the next few weeks becoming familiar with Teams and let us know if you have any problems.

If there is too much work, or you don’t understand it, please request help and advice. Your tutors and subject teachers are there to support and guide you throughout this journey. Do not worry.  This is a marathon and not a sprint. 

You are a wonderful, considerate and diligent year group and I know you will continue to be fabulous all while showcasing your Abbey College Spirit. Stay focussed. Stay determined. You will get there.

I know your tutors have equally missed you, the Year 8 team of form tutors will continue to keep in close contact with you all and I hope that the school gates will be open again in the not too distant future. 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email: . If you require any support with password resets, Show My Homework or Teams please contact our IT helpdesk on: . Please include your full name, Abbey College and Year 8 in your email.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Alisha Rahemtulla  - Year 8 Raising Standards Lead

Year 8 Summer Transition Materials