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WEEK 16 - Friday 14 January 2022

I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and welcome you back to the first Head of Year Blog of 2022; I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas.

As we approach the end of the first full week back at school, I am pleased to report that our Year 11 students have returned to school with a great deal of enthusiasm and eagerness to get on with their work. To that end, they have received information this week regarding their after school revision sessions that will be running every night of the week. These sessions are a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain further guidance and instruction from their teaching staff, covering key topics and exam practice in preparation for their up and coming exams. We have offered these revision sessions for a number of years now and their importance can not be underestimated. If you would like to know more about the sessions on offer please do not hesitate to contact me.

Already, a number of students have begun to use our Learner Resource Centre, working on the school computers and revising together after school.  This is really great to see and they deserve all the recognition and praise they receive.

Since returning to school we have already seen students sitting a number of exams. Including the Cambridge National Sports Exam, a GCSE Food practical Exam as well as the BTEC Childcare exam. This has certainly brought home the realisation that their time at high school is coming to a close. With this in mind, there is always a risk of talking about their impending GCSE exams too much and we often walk a fine line between ensuring students understand the importance of being ready and well prepared and placing excessive pressure on them. Communication is therefore crucial, between both parents/carers and child as well as home and school.

As we inevitably move ever closer towards the end of year 11, I would like to remind you that as a Year Team, we are here to help and support you and your child through arguably the most important stages of their education to date and encourage you to contact the Year Team with any questions or concerns you may have.

Finally, with the serious risk of sounding like a stuck record, I must once again mention ‘attendance’ and I urge you to discuss the importance of having ‘good’ attendance and how damaging missed school days can have on your child's knowledge. Now more so than ever your child needs to be in front of their teachers.

Once again, Happy New Year.

Regards.

Mr Julian

Head of Year 11

Mrs Lacey

Assistant Head of Year 11