Year 11 GCSE Information
21st February 2019
Dear Parent / Guardian,
As we approach a crucial time in your Son's/Daughter's education with the GCSE exams only 8 school weeks away, we would like to share with you the following updates and opportunities.
Mock Exams 4th March – 11th March 2019
The week after half term is mock week for all year 11 students, this is a very important time for them in terms of their preparation for the exams they are due to sit in May & June. We have placed the mock exam timetable on the website for you to have at home and discuss as a family.
In school your son/daughter has been provided with a revision timetable template for them to fill in a personalised plan for them to effectively prepare for these exams. They have been encouraged to block out time for hobbies, sports, family time and other commitments first and we have discussed with them all the importance of finding a balance as the pressure increases. Using the timetable of revision sessions on the school website, they are then able to fill in sessions that they would like to attend in school and then allocate some time each week for their independent revision - to give them the best chance we recommend two hours per evening in the week, two hours each day on a weekend and four hours a day during this half term break.
Extended school day
In order to further support students we are offering an optional ‘Extended school day’ for all year 11 students, which will run until 4:30pm every day. There will be a study base, which will be somewhere they can work quietly, do homework, complete coursework and do an hour of their allocated revision time. This will run instead of breakfast club as we know the afternoon is a better time for the students. Students will also have the opportunity to attend revision sessions that are relevant to them or arrange to complete work in departments according to their priorities. The revision session timetable is on the school website under the ‘supporting year 11’ section.
The Extended school day will run on a three tier basis:
- Tier 1 Voluntary – This is for all students. All are welcome to attend to get a big chunk of revision done before they even leave school.
- Tier 2 Recommended - This is where a subject teacher has raised a concern with your son/daughter’s progress and feels that they would like them to attend in order to help them get back on track. You will receive a phone call from myself, Mrs Wigzell or from subject teachers asking for your support in this.
- Tier 3 Expected - This is where the student has outstanding coursework OR requires intervention and extra support in order to give them the best possible chance of achieving their potential. You will be notified of this via a letter or email.
I apologise that we will not be able to issue bus passes to students attending these sessions, unless they fall into tier 3 and are expected to attend.
Learning performance training – Monday 18th March 2019
Learning Performance is the UK’s leading study skills company, they are joining us in to school on the above date, to run a workshop with all our year 11 students focusing on creative effective learning strategies.
We are delighted to invite you to a Parent forum will run from 3:30pm until 4:15pm on the same day. You will be able to work with your son/daughter to take part in a relaxed fun and practical workshop where you will experience first-hand some of the exciting strategies they have learned during the day to enable you to help and support them at home.
Research shows equipping students with such learning strategies can improve progress by an average of 8 months. For more information about learning performance and the work they do with schools, please visit www.learningperformance.com
We look forward to seeing you at the parents’ forum!
Miss Clare Freeman
Head of Year 11