Welcome to the Year 11 GCSE Strategy homepage. Year 11 is a crucial year in that it is the culmination of eleven years of education all of which is leading towards formal qualifications that will prepare our pupils for their next steps, whatever they may be. As such, both pupils and parents may find this year stressful and one of the aims of the GCSE Strategy is to ensure both parents and pupils are supported to eliminate unnecessary stresses. 

All key information for Year 11 will be uploaded to this section of the website.  This will include all GCSE and Post 16 information and as well as copies of all Year 11 letters sent home. 

General careers advice, guidance and useful website links can also be found on the Careers Education and Advice section of our website 

The Year 11 GCSE strategy covers 3 main areas: the Curriculum, Pupils and Parents. 

The CURRICULUM – Our aim is to:

  1. ensure that all subject teachers are preparing their pupils well for their GCSE through a clearly mapped out overview of what they are teaching/revising over the year
  2. ensure all pupils have access to GCSE Strategy Packs/ Revision Guides to facilitate the revision process
  3. ensure a clear revision programme is in place (pupils are not left to revise without guidance, support and checks)

PUPILS – Our aim is to:

  1. prepare our pupils for their GCSE year. 
  2. ensure they are able to organise their revision and are supported as and when they struggle. 
  3. ensure pupils are confident regarding their next steps (post school) they have made suitable choices that are both ambitious and realistic, reflecting their interests and skills.
    1. identify any pupils who may be struggling with any of the above and provide bespoke intervention to support them

We run a comprehensive PSHE and CEIAG programme that covers many topics to support the points above.  Pupil identification and support is ongoing throughout the year. (Please see CEIAG section on website)

PARENTS – Our aim is to

  1. keep parents informed of their child’s progress so they can support their progress
  2. share key information with parents so that parents have a range of strategies which can be used to support their children throughout the year
  3. support individual parents as required

Reports and key information is shared with parents through Go4Schools.  In addition to this there are a series of Parent Information Evenings & a Parents’ Consultation Evening during the year. Click here to view the PSHE Learning Journey.




Monday 11.10.21

PSHE double session


Tuesday 19.10.21

POST 16 Evening

This is an opportunity for parents and pupils to meet a range of post 16 providers. 

October Half Term (Mon 25.10.21- Friday 29.10.21)

Weds 3.11.21

Data drop on G4S

This is where you can monitor your child’s progress and effort data.

Thurs 11.11.21

Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening

This is an opportunity for all parents to discuss their child’s progress with all subject teachers. (VIRTUAL – SCHOOL CLOUD)

Tuesday 23.11.21

PSHE double session

Time Management/ Ace Your Exams

Mon 6.12.21

Mock Exams

This is the first set of mock exams this year.

Christmas Holidays (Mon 20.12.21- Mon 3.1.22)

Wed 26.1.22

Year 11 Reports 

These will be released to parents via Go4Schools

February Half Term (Mon  21.2.22-Friday 25.2.22)

Mon 7.3.22

Mock Exams

This is the second set of mock exams this year.

Easter Holidays (Mon 11.4.22- Friday 22.4.22)

Tues 3.5.22


These make up a proportion of the final exam grade for many subjects




May Half Term (Mon 30.5.22-Friday 3.6.22)




Date TBC

Year 11 Prom






Revision sessions will begin in September in many subjects and these run according to the rota below.

Some subjects identify pupils by names and we would expect all of these pupils to attend. At other times the sessions are open to the whole class. This information is shared with pupils by their class teacher and their form tutor. If pupils do not attend, parents may be contacted. If you have any queries please contact the school, alternatively you can email the teacher directly.






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LEAD Engineering Open Event Saturday 14 May 2022

“Binder Dijker Otte (BDO) UK are one of the UK’s largest accountancy and business advisory firms. This August, they are hosting a week-long virtual insight into accounting. For those who wish to apply and meet the criteria set by BDO, please go to×1&utm_content=SchoolLeaver_CareersAdviser_Email_Explore “

Finding the right Apprenticeship for you

Apprenticeships Tips/Hints for Parents/Carers 

English & Media Centre – Looking into Language – An Online Conference for Y10-11 (Recording)

Newcastle College Open Day 18 November 2021 / University College Birmingham 20 November 2021

Nicola Richards MP’s Job & Careers Fair 18 November 2021 

Boa Stage & Screen Production Academy Poster

Skills Training UK Open Evening 25 November 2021

RAF Live Broadcast Wednesday 10 November 2021

Halesowen College Open Events

Birmingham Repertory Theatre Careers Video

Central Saint Michael’s Sixth Form Open Day 11/13 November 2021 

Sandwell College Institute of Sport Taster Day 29 October 2021

Apprenticeships Information Pack October 2021 

What is an Apprenticeship Video

Bishop Milner Sixth Form Open Evening 21 October 2021

Bishop Milner Sixth Form Information 

Access Creative College Birmingham Open Days 25 October 2021 / 27 November 2021

Access Creative College Birmingham Flyer

Dormston School Year 11 Careers Information Pack 2021-2022

The Royal School Sixth Form Open Evenings 13 November 2021 / 10 January 2022

Juniper Training Open Day 26 October 2021

Wolves FC Foundation BTEC Football & Education College Academy – Taster Session 28 October 2021

Arnold Clark

Arnold Clark Apprenticeships – Virtual Event 21 April 2022

LEAD Engineering

LEAD Engineering Open Event


Apprentice Rail Engineering Technician Apprentice Rail Engineering Technician

Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships: Minimum 3 GCSEs (predicted or achieved) including Maths at grade B (Level 5/6), English Literature or Language at grade C (Level 4), and Physics or Double Science at grade C (Level 4).

Virtual Insight Week, National, 2022

Virtual Insight Week programme provides opportunities to gain lots of valuable skills and explore your career options with PwC. Programme dates: Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July 2022.

Target Careers

The Next Gen Makers Apprenticeship Finder Web Form has now gone live and is ready for your students who are interested in a career in Engineering to complete by following the link below.

Engineering Apprenticeship Finder 2022 

Virtual Insight Week, National, 2022

Virtual Insight Week programme provides opportunities to gain lots of valuable skills and explore your career options with PwC. Programme dates: Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July 2022.

Next Gen Makers

Looking for an Engineering Apprenticeship? Check out

Virtual Insight Week, National, 2022

Virtual Insight Week programme provides opportunities to gain lots of valuable skills and explore your career options with PwC. Programme dates: Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July 2022.

Next Gen Makers Apprenticeship finder.

Wester Power Distribution

Recruitment for Power (Electrical) Engineering Craft Apprentices opened on 07/02/2022 with a starting date of September 2022. Vacancies are in the Midlands, South West and Wales.


At least 5 GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4 or above these must include Maths and English Language.


Western Training Provider

Apprenticeships Q&A with Western Training Provider Network 
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2022, join WTPN for a live Q&A session with Bath-based small business, Anthem Publishing, and their two new apprentices, Ella & Molly. 

KPMG Business Services  Apprenticeship Birmingham Autumn 2022

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Ford Motor Company

An online virtual open evening will be held on Tuesday 8th February for Advanced Engineering. Minimum 3 GCSEs (predicted or achieved) including Maths at grade B (Level 5/6), English Literature or Language at grade C (Level 4), and Physics or Double Science at grade C (Level 4). Below is a link where you can sign up to an open evening.

Rate My Apprenticeship 

2021/2022 Top 100 employers Guide

Severn Trent

There are a number of different apprenticeship programmes available with Severn Trent. These include various operational vacancies (e.g. Vehicle Technicians, Assistant Water Technicians) and office-based apprenticeships (e.g. Business Analysts, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Analysts, HR). There are many more vacancies available. Please check the company website for application closing dates, employment start dates and for any other information.

Volkswagen Group

There are a number of different apprenticeships available with the Volkswagen Group apprenticeship programme which include the Service Technician, Service Advisor, Parts Advisor, Paint Technician, Vehicle Body Repair Technician, Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) Technician and Parts Sales Executive roles.

For more information please click here

Personal, Social, Health Education becomes statutory for all schools from September 2020 under the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

At Dormston, PSHE is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

PSHE equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

PSHE contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

Please see Learning Journey for specifics of what will be taught this year