Year 10

Year 10

Welcome to the Year 10 GCSE Strategy homepage. Year 10 is an incredibly important year as your child begins studying for their GCSEs, starts their option subjects, and prepares for examinations. One of the highlights of Year 10 is the chance for your child to participate in Work Experience.

Year 10 also sees an increased focus on preparing for their next steps with careers advice, and applying for colleges or apprenticeships. As such, both pupils and parents may find the opportunities in Year 10 both exciting and challenging and we aim to ensure you receive adequate support throughout the year.


Strategy Leader Mrs C Williams

Welcome to Year 10 Parents Evening

The Year 10 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 clear mapped out overview of what they are teaching/revising over the year
  2. ensure all pupils have access to suitable exam preparation material to support good progress
  3. ensure a clear revision programme is in place in preparation for end of year exams (pupils are not left to revise without guidance, support and checks)
  4. develop opportunities to extend pupils’ cultural capital

PUPILS – Our aim is to:

  1. support pupils to develop into young adults who are able to leave as good citizens.
  2. ensure pupils see the value of education and how it can support future career plans.
  3. ensure pupils prepare for their learning – study skills and time management.

We run a comprehensive PSHE and CEIAG (Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) 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.

16/11/22 Y10 Grades and Effort Data
01/12/22 Y10 Parents Consultation evening
03/03/23 –17/03/23 Work Experience Week
22/03/23 Y10 Grades and Effort Data
12/06/23 Exam Fortnight
27/06/23 Y10 Grades, effort data and tutor reports

Religious Studies every Tuesday between 3-4pm 

Year 10 pupils will sit a series of mock GCSE examinations in exam fortnight in June. They will be given an exam timetable to help with planning their revision.

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. Click here to view the PSHE learning journey.