Welcome to Year 11
‘Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today’
Year 11 is the time for students to consolidate all the knowledge, skills and experiences they have acquired over the last 5 years and prove to themselves, parents/carers and their teachers that all of their hard work has paid off.
This academic year is important for students across the country and at Cecil Jones Academy, we pride ourselves on ensuring students fulfil their true potential, but do so with care and support at the centre. 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. Whether students choose to continue their journey at our Sixth form or college, as a school we aim to ensure all Year 11 students are prepared to enter post-16 education.
Students have been provided with a wealth of revision materials in lessons, in our library and on Google Classroom and they should be accessing these regularly in order to improve their ability to work independently and fill any gaps in their knowledge - As well as this, additional revision classes are taking place before, during and after school for all subjects. The key to success is to use the knowledge of your teachers, and it is key that students are aware of their strengths and areas of development in order to structure their revision appropriately. 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.
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.
When we approach the 2023 Summer exams, students may need additional support and guidance as this is undoubtedly a very stressful time. Both myself, Miss Presland and the Year 11 tutor team are available and seeking help when needed will ensure we can best support you in this pivotal time of your 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.
I am feeling highly motivated and positive about the upcoming weeks and it is vitally important that you make the most of every opportunity and strive to be the best version of yourself – You only get one shot at this, and we have all faith in you!
I am excited to take you through your final year at Cecil Jones Academy.
Achievement Team Leader