Welcome to Year 11

Year 11—what a year! Year 11 sees the consolidation of all you learnt in school and signals the end of your two year GCSE qualifications. This is an exciting, but precious time. You will feel a mixture of emotions, including pressure, stress, anxiety and hopefully elation! You’ll find that you will learn not only subject content to help you in your exams, but skills to help you revise and recall this information for your end of year public examinations. In order to achieve well, students need to adopt a mature attitude, refine organisational skills and develop resilience to overcome any challenges that may arise over the course of the year.  The Year 11 team is here to support students and parents every step of the way during this rollercoaster of an academic journey.

The Year 11 team seeks to support student learning and to ensure that all students reach their academic goals with care and positivity. Ms Powell, the Achievement Team Leader, will oversee student progress and attainment. Mrs Presland will represent the Year Care Team for issues such as student care, behaviour and wellbeing. Tutors will monitor how students use their planners and advise them on areas concerning personal organisation and academic progress. Tutors will also be the first point of contact for managing stress and pressure that builds up during the course of the year. All of this is underpinned by the work of the subject teachers, ensuring students are guided in their learning and progress.

Parental engagement is at the heart of GCSE success. Throughout this journey, parents and students may find the courses, structure and assessments daunting. Ms Powell, Mrs Presland and the rest of the Year 11 team would like to extend our support to both students and parents, as a positive relationship is integral to student success and wellbeing. Please do not hesitate to contact the school with any questions or concerns you may have.

However, we need to ensure there is a balance to academic rigour and life balance. Students should be focussing on their studies and Year 11 students should already have started the revision process. Yet, there are plenty of opportunities to cater for the wider student, including career guidance, choice of extra-curricular clubs and activities, sports competitions, and trips. Our weekly assemblies will celebrate your successes, focus on our shared British values, and provide us with opportunities to reflect on our personal development. Throughout the course of the year, Ms Powell will be leading on revision seminars and guidance to ensure that students are achieving their best. Please take advantage of everything Cecil Jones has to offer to contribute to our ever-growing and vibrant community.

Year 11 can be a challenging year. But, present within this challenge is the ability to achieve great things. We look forward to supporting you throughout the year.

Ms Powell

Achievement Team Leader