Welcome to Year 10

‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit’ – Aristotle

Year 10 is both an exciting and challenging time for our students, as they move from Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4 and start the GCSE courses which they have chosen.  They will build on the foundations from their previous studies, extending their knowledge and deepening their understanding. The mastery of more advanced skills and concepts is key and students must display a strong commitment to their learning with maturity and a determination to succeed. At this level of their school career the level of responsibility for their own learning needs to be developed and as outstanding learners, students will be expected to complete further study outside the classroom – whether this is in the form of additional teacher led sessions or independent study, the need to revisit their classroom work and ensure this is embedded is paramount.

The need for enriching their academic curriculum through involvement in the range of extra-curricular activities available is still one that should be met. This will continue to enhance their holistic education and can provide some needed and productive time away from their formal studies and the many health benefits this can bring.

During this time students may feel they need additional support especially during the transition into this more stressful phase of their education and they can find this not only from their teachers and academic staff but also from their year team – Achievement Team Leader, Miss Nicholls and Year Care Team, Mrs Presland in addition to their dedicated form tutor.

Form tutors remain a pivotal part of the team, the daily contact for students both first thing in the morning and last thing in the afternoon is essential. They are here to support the students and ensure students are held account for being fully prepared for their daily lessons and activities.

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. The student planner is our initial source of communication and can be used for informing the school of any notices you may need to give. Weekly signing by both the parents and form tutors allows for all stakeholders to monitor communications and the home learning that is being submitted. Further contact can be made through the form tutors, Year Care Team and Achievement Team by contacting us at the school. It is this successful partnership between the school and parents/carers that supports the students and allows them to thrive.

It is expected that students are always – ‘At the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing’

We are on hand to discuss any queries or concerns you may have about your child’s education and progress through year 10 and to be informed of anything they achieve outside of school – we enjoy recognising the student’s efforts through assemblies, bulletins and the school’s website. Please feel free to contact your child’s form tutor and the care team so we can assist you.

We look forward to working with you.

Miss Nicholls

Achievement Team Leader