"You will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles."
Students in Year 11 have reached the final stage in their GCSE journey. It is the time for students to consolidate all the knowledge, skills and experiences they have acquired over the last 5 years and achieve the results they deserve. All the hard work and dedication will pay off.
With any success there must be a foundation based in hard-work. We pride ourselves on ensuring students fulfil their true potential, but do so with care and support at the core. Students are expected to give their all throughout this academic year so all doors are open for them once they receive their GCSE results in August. The staff at Cecil Jones Academy provide a wealth of knowledge and support to all students. Students can expect to be provided with ample revision material, additional revision classes and supportive guidance from all teachers. It is of the utmost importance that students use these resources to ensure they are fully prepared for the demands of the GCSE exams. Students must be working in lessons and at home to the best of their ability to ensure they are reaching their full potential. The biggest barrier to success is attendance and punctuality – Missing 18 days throughout the school year can decrease the chance of achieving 5 Good GCSES by 35%. If students are not in school, in front of their teacher, they cannot gain vital knowledge on exam techniques, revision strategies and most importantly, the structured content needed for their exams.
In this hugely important time, it is important that all adults are fully invested in supporting our students. Parental engagement is crucial in ensuring students have outstanding attendance, punctuality and a positive approach to their studies. Our continued positive relationship with parents will aid the student’s education and we ask that communication remains open and consistent. As we approach the final phase of your child’s education, parents must support our school and ensure students complete all work set by their subject teachers to learn and achieve - A positive relationship between school and home is integral to the success of all students. Ensuring your child attends the revision and intervention sessions is one way you can guide to success.
Mrs Wardle and I will do everything we can to support the students in all aspects of their school life. When we approach the 2023 Summer exams, students may need additional support and guidance as this is undoubtedly a very stressful time. Myself, Mrs. Wardle and the Year 11 tutor team are available to provide help when needed and we will ensure we can best support the students in this pivotal time of their school career.
It is expected that students are always – ‘in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing’. This includes:
- Being equipped for all lessons
- Completing all classwork and homework to your best ability.
- Actively engaging in lessons
- Being role models to the younger year groups.
Having worked with Year 11 for the past 3 years, it a privilege to lead them in their final year of GCSEs. I have seen first-hand the talents, focus and diligence of these young people and I know that this will be seen in the results in August 2024.
Achievement Team Leader