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Year 11 Bulletin

Year 11 Bulletin


Dear Parent/Carer

Pre-Public Examinations

This week the focus for Year 11 has been PPE day (Pre-Public Examinations) which was held on Wednesday afternoon 11th January. Not only was this time used to hand out results but it gave students the opportunity to reflect on how well they had prepared for them, how they felt during their exams and moving on from the results what they can continue to do, adapt or change to ensure they provide themselves with every opportunity to succeed in the summer exam period. Students attended breakout sessions during the hour where they were able to reflect on their performance and identify what their next steps will be. The next steps were recorded on ‘I Promise’ forms which will be handed back to them just before half term. I would like to say how well the vast majority of students conducted themselves during the time in the hall and during the breakout sessions. The focus and reflection of most of the students was excellent and they showed themselves to be really committed to using this experience as a stepping stone moving forward. There was a technical issue with the dissemination of a small number of the PPE grades yesterday, this has been resolved and new PPE sheets have been issued to students today during tutor time. We apologise for any confusion regarding grades issued on Wednesday.

Year 11 Reports

Tomorrow you will receive your son/daughter’s full report in preparation for parents’ evening on the 24th January. This evening provides you with an opportunity to discuss with your son/daughter’s teachers the recent PPE results and what students can do to continue to develop. Whilst there are many causes for celebration in relation to the PPE results some of you may have concerns over some of your son/daughter’s PPE results compared to their target grades or other recent assessments. This is reflected in results nationally and highlights the importance of the PPE process in introducing students to the rigour of the examination process. The PPE exams were the first opportunity for students to sit the full spread of exams they will see in the summer and experience the time pressure in which they have to complete them. Whilst these exams are a benchmark of progress, the experience and subsequent use of the exams themselves by both students and teachers to inform and support development, make them an invaluable tool.

Next Steps

If you have any questions regarding the performance of your son/daughter in the PPEs please discuss with them what they feel were the factors that contributed to their results and what they can do to improve. The next step is to make an appointment with the relevant subject teacher at Year 11 parents’ evening on the 24th January to discuss strategies and actions that can be taken to provide your son or daughter with the best possible chance of success in the summer examinations. Over this half term the existing support offered to Year 11 will continue, we will also introduce more opportunities for support and revision over the coming months. These include lunch time targeted sessions, after school revision clubs, a targeted academic mentoring programme and introducing revision sessions into the tutorial programme as well as exploring techniques to manage exam stress, and revisiting revision and revision techniques. Please encourage your son/daughter to attend as many of these sessions as possible. Not only does it give them a chance to have more focussed revision but also to gain “Prom Points” for attendance.

Revision Resources

May I remind you that to support students in their revision at home students can access quick links to each subject and revision sites by following this link. These resources can also be accessed through the terminal server on the school website and are housed in the Year 11 revision folder in the common drive. These folders are organised by subject areas and contain revision resources for students to use as well as past papers, mark schemes and feedback from examiners which is an excellent method of revision, reviewing existing knowledge and understanding and identifying areas for improvement. We are continuing to develop the new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) at the moment. The VLE that has been introduced at RES is called Frog, teachers are now using this to set homework and revision tasks. Departments are also working towards uploading subject specific revision resources to Frog. Parent log-ins for Frog will be available shortly and Mr Vowles, Assistant Headteacher, will be facilitating Frog drop in sessions at the parents’ evening on the 24th January.

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Blackiston
Head of Year 11

 
Head's end of term newsletter
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00

Head's end of term newsletter


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Year 11 Bulletin

Year 11 Bulletin


Dear Parent/Carer

The final Year 11 assembly of 2016 focused on celebrating the successes the students have had during their first term of this year. The first reason to celebrate was that Year 11’s attendance this term was the second highest in the school and less than half a percent away from being the top year group. Three tutor groups achieved attendance of over 97% (11C1, 11H1 and 11R1) this term and a further three over 95%. Research has shown a direct correlation between attendance and achievement, students who have less than 95% are at risk of underachieving. As well as attaining excellent attendance figures, I am also pleased to report that Year 11 had the least incidents and detentions overall as a year group.

The first review of Prom Points took place this term and I am pleased to say that the vast majority of RES students have over 15 points and will be able to attend the prom in the summer term. Congratulations to the 62 students who have over 20 prom points. These students were entered into a random draw to win a £20 voucher; this term it was won by Grace Polley. Tutor group 11H1 had the highest Prom Points average and won £25 to spend on a form group celebration.

Futures Friday events have proved to be a successful addition to the RES careers provision. Over 180 students have attended 8 different talks on a range of careers. Year 11 students also had the opportunity to consider their future aspirations at academic tutoring morning. As well as reviewing the targets they set after their Autumn One assessments with their tutor, they discussed their post 16 options with a member of SLT.

At the end of November, Year 11 completed their first set of Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) in all their subjects. May I take this opportunity to thank Year 11 for their overall behaviour during these exams and the clear focus they had during the week, as confirmed by subject teachers, SLT and the external invigilators. I hope the students have taken on board the experience of the week and will use it to help their preparation for the summer examinations. Please find attached a copy of the provisional GCSE timetable for the summer term.

During the afternoon of the 11th January, all Year 11 students will attend a PPE results event. During this event, they will receive their results as well as guidance and resources to help them reach their full potential during the summer examinations. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support this year and wish yourself and your son/daughter a very restful break.

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Blackiston
Head of Year 11

 
Forthcoming Claremont Events
Friday, 02 December 2016 00:00

Forthcoming Claremont Events


Dear Parent/Carer,

We are fast approaching that time of year again where our PTA host our whole school Christmas Fair. This takes place on Friday 9th December between at 3.00-5.00pm and is open to all students from RES and Bell Farm School along with their parents and friends. There will be a range of stalls where you can win prizes such as Christmas hampers, bottles of champagne, luxury gifts and toys along with many smaller stands with Christmas gifts and pocket money toys to buy.

Each House will be running their own 3 stalls as we have done in previous years.

This year Claremont House will be running a bottle tombola, a name the bear stall and a Christmas sweets stall run by our very own Miss Christmas and her tutees.

How you can help:
We are looking for any donation possible towards our botte tombola please. This can be a bottle of ‘anything,’ such as a wine, lemonade, olive oil, tomato sauce, a bottle of bubble bath, hand wash or anything else that you can think of. If you are kindly able to donate please ensure your son/daughter either gives this to their tutor or they can bring directly to the House office in S4.

I would also like to mention the Annual Marsden March which takes place on Sunday 19th March 2017. A firm favourite on the Claremont Calendar this event sees students, their parents and staff walking either the 5 or 14 mile walk to raise money for our very worthwhile House Charity, The Royal Marsden Hospital.

The full 14-mile route goes through Chelsea, Putney, Wimbledon and into Sutton. There is also a shorter, family-friendly 5-mile route that follows the last five miles of the main route, for anyone wanting a less strenuous walk. At the end of the route there is a big thank-you party hosted by The Royal Marsden for all the walkers – a great way to celebrate the end of a fun day with other walkers and staff from both hospitals; there is always a BBQ, face-painting and live entertainment with a series of guest bands.
Last year was a great event and we raised well over £3000.00. We are hoping to beat this figure and have more walkers than ever.

If your son/daughter or even you would like to take part in this event please either email me on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ask your son/daughter to come and see me. I need to register numbers wishing to take part and would like to get this done as early as possible. There will be letters and permission slips coming out shortly to those that wish to take part. As with most events there is a registration fee of £10.00 for 11-17s and £20.00 for an adult taking part, this gets participants into the walk, a free T-shirt and of course a medal.

Thank you all for your on-going support towards Claremont House.

Yours sincerely

Miss Walshe
Head of Claremont House

Mrs Maton
Deputy Head of Claremont House

 
Year 11 Bulletin
Friday, 11 November 2016 00:00

Year 11 Bulletin


Dear Parent/Carer

This week Year 11 students have spent some time reflecting on their recent assessments and setting targets for improvement. These targets will form the basis of the academic tutoring session on the 24th November, when tutors will discuss the current progress of your son or daughter in relation to their targets. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss aspirations and future educational and careers pathways.

Year 11 have also been focusing on the upcoming ‘Pre-Public Examinations’ (PPEs) which will be taking place from Friday 25th November until Thursday 1st December. Students have been issued with a PPE information sheet. The purpose of this is to prompt students to collect and record relevant information from their teachers on the exam requirements of each specific subject (length, how many they will do per subject, special equipment etc) as well as an overview of the topics they will be examined on. This is an important resource for students as it will enable them to plan their revision time effectively. These examinations are an important measure for the students to see the progress they have been making so far this year and enable them to compare these results to their previous PPEs in Year 10, as well as their Autumn 1 assessments. RES staff will also use the PPE results to inform future interventions, so we can further support our students in realising their full potential. More information on these interventions will be provided after the PPE results day on the 11th January.

The PPEs also provide an invaluable opportunity for students to gain further experience in completing exams in the same environment as the summer and students will be expected to follow the same rules as they would do at the end of Year 11. Please ensure your son/daughter is familiar with their individual exam timetable and that they understand the importance of arriving promptly for all their exams. Students will also need to make sure that they bring the correct equipment with them on the right days and if your son/daughter has an appointment that clashes with any examinations, if possible, please have it rescheduled. Please also be aware that on Tuesday the 29th and Thursday 1st the exams will finish after 3pm. Students will need to make alternative arrangements to get home on these days; all students have now received their timetable for the PPEs, please ask your son/daughter to look and see if this applies to them.

Once again, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your support so far this year and your continued support, particularly in the run up to and during the Pre-Public Examinations.

Yours faithfully

Mr R Blackiston
Head of Year 11

 
End of half term newsletter
Friday, 21 October 2016 00:00

End of half term newsletter


Dear Parent/Carer

It seems in only a very quick blink of the eye we have completed the first half term of this academic year. This year has started very positively and the vast majority of students are working hard, making good progress and embracing the many fantastic opportunities that RES offers. I am extremely grateful to the staff for all the many hours of additional work they are undertaking to ensure our improvement plans are having a positive impact on students and their whole-school experience.

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