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End of half term newsletter

End of half term Newsletter


Click the link to read the Head's end of half term newsletter, sent home to parents.

 
Year 10 Drop in Session

Year 10 Drop in Session


Dear parent/carer,

Re: English revision sessions

I am writing to inform you of a series of revision sessions being held for students to support their preparation for the English Language and Literature examinations next year. We aim to target key skills in reading and writing as well as crucial analysis of examination texts.

These will be designed as drop-in sessions and every student is welcome. These sessions will run from 3.00pm until 4.00pm on Fridays, beginning Friday 24th February after half term and will be held in W8.

We look forward to seeing your son/daughter there.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Meyer
Head of Key Stage 4 English

 
Year 11 Bulletin
Friday, 27 January 2017 00:00

Year 11 Bulletin


Dear Parent/Carer

This week the focus for Year 11 has been reflecting on successes and identifying strategies to make the most of the short time left before the examination season begins. I am pleased to say that Year 11 students continue to be a shining example to the rest of the school in a number of ways. Year 11 attendance has fallen slightly compared to the first term but I am pleased to say that 6 of the 8 tutor groups still have over 95% attendance for the year.

Students received their second round of ‘Prom Points’ last week (October – December 2016) and I am pleased to say that the vast majority of students have over 15 points and will be able to attend the prom in the Summer term. Congratulations to the 41 students who have over 30 prom points. These students were entered into a random draw to win a £20 voucher; this term it was won by Bilal Rasheed. Congratulations again to 11H1 who had the highest Prom Points average for the second time and as a tutor group won £25 to spend on a celebration. The most improved student award since October half term was won by Lily Martin.

Tutorials continue to focus on revision and preparation with more time being set aside to allow students to revise all subjects, whilst utilising resources within the school. Revision techniques continue to be a focus with students looking at top revision techniques suggested by Heads of Department. Departments have increased the number of revision sessions on offer both at lunchtimes and after school. I have attached a copy of the sessions on offer each week and would ask you to encourage your son/daughter to attend as many as possible.

We have brought forward the PPEs in core subjects from the week commencing 27th March to the week commencing 6th of March, with the exception of English Literature which will still take place on Tuesday 28th March. As you are aware all students nationally are sitting a new GCSE specification in mathematics. At this early stage of introducing a new specification, the exam boards will often request schools to provide additional assessment data to enable them to publish provisional grade boundaries and we have brought forward the core PPEs in order to meet this deadline. As a school we feel this opportunity will provide us with greater clarity and better enable us to provide targeted support in mathematics.

Thank you to parents and carers who attended Parents’ Evening on the 24th January. We trust the conversations with staff provided you with a range of strategies to assist your son/daughter in their preparations for their examinations.

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Blackiston
Head of Year 11

 
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


Click the link to read the Head's end of term newsletter, sent home to parents.

 
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

 
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