17th October 2016 - Head's Letter to Parents (Y11)
Please find enclosed your son's full academic report. We have made a decision to issue Year 11 students' reports early in the school year so as to give timely guidance about the areas students need to work on to achieve maximum success. Please go through your son's report with him and encourage him to act on the advice his teachers have provided. If you have any subject specific concerns please do not hesitate to contact the relevant teacher. If you have more general concerns please contact your son's form tutor or head of house. The best approach to contact us is by using the email address:
Within your son's reports you will find that for English and maths his current grade is represented by a number between 1 and 9. You may be used to this now but just to remind you:
Number 5 represents the standard that the government is classing as a good pass and this corresponds roughly to a low B grade based on the old system.
Number 9 is the top result available and this roughly corresponds to a very high A* grade based on the old system.
Here are a few important dates for your diary:
28th November - 9th December 2016: Year 11 pre-public exams 1
19th January 2017: Year 11 parents' evening
9th February 2017: Year 11 exams support evening for parents
13th - 17th March 2017: Year 11 pre-public exams 2 (core subjects only)
Week beginning 15th May 2017: start of the main series of final GCSE exams.
After half term we will provide you with more details regarding the pre-public exams starting on 28th November. We want you to be clear about the revision that is required to be undertaken by your son in preparation for these exams.
We are very optimistic about the potential of our current Year 11 students to achieve highly. You will have heard me say this before but it is always worth repeating; first and foremost in order to achieve success your son needs to attend school every day, be on time and be fully prepared for learning. Please do all you can to support him with this.
"Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out."