CLASS OF 2023

CLASS OF 2023

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.

DATE

EVENT

 

Tuesday 27th September 2022

GCSE EVENING: PREPARING FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

7pm Theatre

This is an opportunity for all parents to know what the year ahead entails. We will also share some strategies on how you can support your child through the year.

Tuesday 4th October 2022

POST 16 EVENING

6pm onwards

Theatre & Stands

This is an opportunity for all parents & students to meet a range of Post 16 providers in order to help make informed choices about your child’s next steps.

Tuesday 18th October

2022

A Level Workshop

3-4pm

(Classroom TBC)

King Edward V1 Sixth Form will be delivering an advice and guidance session for all students considering A Levels.

October Half Term

November 2022

Progress Data available for parents/carers

Parents can see the most recent progress data via Go4Schools.  This should include predicted grades and effort data.

Thursday 10th November 2022

Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening

This is an opportunity for all parents/carers to meet teachers for all subjects to discuss their child’ progress.

W/C 5th December 2022

Mock Exams

This is the first set of mock exams this year.

Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 26th January 2023

Year 11 Reports

This is accessible via Go4Schools.

February Half Term

W/C 27th February 2023

Mock Exams

This is the second and final set of mock exams this year.

April 2023

Progress Data available for parents/carers

Parents can see the most recent progress data via Go4Schools.  This should include predicted grades and effort data.

30th March 2023

Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening

This is an opportunity for all parents/carers to meet teachers for all subjects to discuss their child’ progress.

Easter Holiday

May 2023

GCSE WRITTEN EXAMS BEGIN

An integral part of Year 11 is preparing for exams in the form of revision.  Whilst the expectation is that some of this will happen at home, we do also run revision sessions after school.  We run these sessions from the very start of Year 11 so that students can manage their revision over a longer period of time rather than just cramming at the end of the year. Please see rota below:

 

 

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

MONDAY

CATCH UP – Departments to arrange

CATCH UP – Departments to arrange

TUESDAY

OPTION A

OPTION B

WEDNESDAY

MATHS

OPTION C

THURSDAY

ENGLISH

SCIENCE

FRIDAY

CATCH UP – Departments to arrange

CATCH UP – Departments to arrange

 

A

B

C

Computing

Art fine

Art Photography

French

Business Studies

Business Studies

German

Computing

Citizenship

Geography

Citizenship

Drama

History

Dance

Food Tech

PE

Food Tech

Geography

 

History

Graphics

 

PE

History

 

Resistant Materials

Music

 

Textiles

Resistant Materials

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

Year 11 Letters / Important Information