Welcome to Year 10
The Head of Year is Mr Claydon: firstname.lastname@example.org. He is supported by a strong 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.
Success at GCSE and Work Experience
In October 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 in June. 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.
Burford Plus – Extended Day Care
From Monday to Thursday we offer an extended day, until 8.00pm. This is to accommodate the needs of busy parents who may, due to work commitments etc, not always be on hand at the end of the normal school day. It also proves beneficial to students who, working towards GCSEs, benefit from the more structured supervised homework, with staff on hand to assists with queries, that is offered by the Boarding Department.
Burford Plus offers students the opportunity to join the boarders and make use of the facilities within the Boarding Department. Tea and supervised homework are included together with the opportunity to take part in a range of evening activities organised by the boarding staff.
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.
- Researching work Placements Assembly: Tuesday 12 September 2017
- French Trip: Saturday 21-Tuesday 24 October 2017
- Review 1: November 2017
- Charter Day: Friday 17 November 2017 (Half day holiday)
- Holiday: Friday 24 November 2107
- Year 10 Internal Exams: Monday 9 – Friday 13 January 2018
- Review 2: January 2018
- Junior Maths Challenge: Thursday 26 February 2018
- Numeracy Week: Monday 12 March – Friday 16 March 2018
- Parents’ Evening: Thursday 19 April 2018
- Work Experience Talk: Tuesday 24 April 2018
- Junior Maths Challenge: Thursday 26 April 2018
- Internal Exams: Wednesday 2 May – Friday 11 May 2018
- Work Experience Week: Monday 14 – Friday 18 May 2018
- Lower School Prize Giving: Thursday 28 June 2018
- Junior Sports Day: Wednesday 11 July 2018
- Review 3: July 2018
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
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. This year, Year 10 are supporting Diabetes UK and The British Heart Foundation.