Welcome to Year 11


Welcome to Year 11. This year is the most important and challenging period of your child’s secondary education. By the summer of 2019, your child will have reached the end of their fourth key stage of education and will have established a strong basis for the beginning of the journey towards the next phase of their education.

The final Year 11 GCSE exams are months away and students should have a positive frame of mind in order to enhance their chances of success. It is extremely important that they complete all work set by subject teachers. Students must actively embrace all work given and their lessons in order to learn and achieve.

The coming months will bring many challenges and it is important that home and school work together to build resilience in our students to not only prepare them for their up-coming examinations but also to develop other essential life skills such as resilience and self-motivation.  Parents play an essential role in this important year of education.  Some of the various ways you can do this are:

  • Encourage your son or daughter to complete any homework tasks on time.
  • Check they are doing their homework and sign their planner on a weekly basis.
  • Encourage outstanding attendance and punctuality.
  • Ensure the balance of work and rest is right.
  • If parents or students have any concerns, please contact us as we are here to help resolve any matter which is causing concern.
  • Parents’ attendance and engagement in information events such as Parents’ Evenings to ensure that we are all aware of any issues or concerns surrounding each student.

Parents may also be invited in for meetings with subject teachers or members of our Leadership Team to discuss their child’s progress and how best we can support them to achieve their full potential.  We thank you in advance for your attendance and support with this.

The vision of the Year 11 team is to encourage all students to fulfil their potential and to develop all students to aspire to be their best. In school, we aim to nurture students towards success and support them at every opportunity to enhance their learning. We instil British values during PSCHE to prepare them for careers beyond their time as a student. We value their experiences and adapt to every child to support progress.

Students must actively take ownership of their final year in school in addition to support. Furthermore, parental input is extremely important for student success as students may need to confide with you regarding issues which they may not wish to discuss immediately within school. Courses may appear to be both challenging and daunting, however a positive relationship between school and home is integral to the success of all students; it is therefore important that parents and carers contact the school to raise any concerns in order to address different scenarios.

Tutor groups will change at the start of Year 11, and for some pupils during the academic year too, to allow additional time for English and Maths interventions.  After school and during the school holidays, students will be required to attend revision classes leading up to their GCSE examinations.  We will continue to push our students to make outstanding progress and urge our Year 11 students to continue to aim high and achieve their full potential.  In order to succeed, students must value learning.

By working to the best of their ability and by making the correct choices in year 11, your child may gain the necessary tools to succeed in exams and assessments. In the summer of this final year, we look forward to celebrating the successes of your child.

Mr Andrews

Achievement Team Leader