Welcome to Year 10
Year 10 comprises the Head of Year, Mrs Short: firstname.lastname@example.org and a team of seven Form Tutors. The team can be emailed at any time to answer queries or questions regarding students. Subject queries should be addressed to the subject teachers (see Curriculum for Heads of Department). For any other queries please see the full list of staff emails.
Key Academic Focus
Key Stage 4 sees students working towards their GCSEs in both core subjects and also the optional subjects they chose in Year 9.
All subjects are expected to set homework at least once a week but there are no set days for homework to be issued.
Students are still encouraged to participate in school life through sport, music, drama or house events, however it is important to establish a good work-life balance to ensure targets for GCSE grades are met at the end of Year 11. Many students find a natural balance between these but, for others, greater support and guidance is required.
Support from home is key during these two GCSE years. A quiet area to study makes a significant difference to the quality of work student are able to produce. Parents are encouraged to gain an understanding of what is expected of the students through Parent Forums, Parents’ Evenings and the regular Reviews.
In line with government directives students are not permitted to take holidays during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances, is the Headteacher able to sanction time off and adherence to this is essential for students to achieve successful outcomes at GCSE.
Events throughout the year
In September we hold a ‘ Success at GCSE Evening’ and Work Experience evening giving parents and students an insight into what will be expected of them in Years 10 and 11.
Another major part of Year 10 is Work Experience, which takes place from Monday 13 – Friday 17 June 2016. Mrs Knowles, the School Careers Adviser, is responsible for helping students with placements and liaising with employers to ensure that this is a rich and rewarding experience for all parties involved.
- Work Experience Assembly – Thursday 15 September 2016
- European Week of Languages – Monday 26 September – Friday 30 September 2016
- Success at GCSE Evening -Thursday 29 September 2016
- Meningitis Injections – Thursday 13 October 2016
- Charter Day – Thursday 18 November 2016
- Review 1 – November 2015
- Review 2 – January 2017
- Intermediate Maths Challenge – Thursday 2 February 2017
- Parents’ Evening – Thursday 23 February 2017
- Numeracy Week – Monday 13 March – Friday 17 March 2017
- Work Experience Talk – Tuesday 25 April 2017
- Review 3 – April 2017
- Internal Exams – Friday 5 May – Friday 12 May 2017
- Work Experience Week – Monday 15 – Friday 19 May 2017
- Review 4 – July 2017
- Whole school Cross-curricular Day – Thursday 20 July 2017
This year our Year 10 students have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Tenner’ Project.
Tenner is Young Enterprise’s national challenge for 11-19 year olds. The Tenner Challenge, helps young people develop key skills including creativity, positivity, resilience and problem solving, using real money to take calculated risks in business.
Students have one month to set up a business – coming up with an idea of a product or service they can sell and then experience what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. And as an added bonus there are lots of national prizes to be won too!
Details can be found at: http://www.tenner.org.uk/about-tenner
Year charity – Helen & Douglas House
Each year students choose a charity to support throughout the year. Students raise money for their chosen charity, raising awareness of the charity’s aims and projects in assemblies and through presentations.