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Secondary School January Highlights

28 January 2016

Getting closer to IGCSE exams, mentoring programme and upcoming parent workshops

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As our Year 11 students get closer to their IGCSE examinations, we have launched our Key Stage 4 Assertive Mentoring Programme. Each student has a 1-1 academic mentor to help raise his/her awareness of what they need to do to improve their IGCSE outcomes. The programme was launched in Year 10 and Year 11 when parents were introduced to the concept and met their son/daughter’s mentor during our launch evening. The mentors will be meeting with their mentees regularly with the first meetings starting this week.

Our Key Stage 4 students are also being supported with the launch of our Skills and Knowledge Organisers. This system helps students to organise their work in preparation for their examination revision. It is designed to supplement and strengthen the existing homework provision.

The Year 6 students are getting more and more prepared for the transition into Secondary School. The science department has recently run a taster day for all Year 6 students and we have another science-based event planned for parents. In addition the students will have the opportunity to work on a creative project as they experience Design Technology. As we move through this term and next we will be giving the students more secondary based experiences to ensure the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is smooth.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our other important parental workshops and events:

Wednesday 24th February (8.30 a.m.) – Year 5/6 Transition to Secondary

Parents can attend to learn more about our approaches to learning in the Secondary School and how we are supporting and preparing students for the transition into Year 7. This is a repeat of the event run last term, so is intended for those who did not attend the last session.

Wednesday 2nd March (8.30 a.m.) – Assessment in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)

Throughout the first term we re-designed our assessment system to ensure students make outstanding levels of progress throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). It is designed to promote the concept of a growth mindset and fully prepare our students for IGCSE and beyond. Parents of students in Year 5 and 6 are also welcome to attend to understand how assessment works in secondary.

Monday 7th March (6.30 p.m.) – Year 9 Options Evening

This is one of the most important dates in our calendar. We will be giving details of the available subjects and the process for choosing those that are optional. We will also be giving details of the aforementioned Assertive Mentoring Programme designed to provide 1-1 support to ensure each student can maximise his/her outcomes.

Finally, our Year 11 students will be sitting their IGCSE mock examinations next week. This gives them the opportunity to experience the formal examination environment. The results will give the students some very useful feedback on their areas of strength and the areas they need to continue to develop.

Kind regards,

Mr John Smith
Head of Secondary School