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Year 11 student and Parent Information

Year 11 student and parent information

Happy New Year to you all. I am writing to share our focus for the coming months now that Year 11 students and staff have returned to school ready to work hard towards examinations and controlled assessments.

From 22 February 2016 onwards, Year 11 students will be completing Mock Examinations. A timetable will be presented at our Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 4 February 2016. These examinations are extremely important for all involved because they will give us a very good indication of how your son/daughter will perform in their final GCSE examinations this summer. Good conduct and attendance is vital during this period. Your child will be fully supported with their preparation; subject teachers are offering extra support at lunchtimes and after school to offer additional targeted revision sessions. Attached is an overview of the programme of revision to avoid clashes and help our young people manage their time effectively. However, this is only part of the package. We look to you to continue to support your child both emotionally and practically. They need to understand the importance of the mock examinations, work hard but also remain positive. Please talk to them about how the examinations will not only identify strengths and weaknesses, but also help them learn effective study skills.

On the subject of the final examinations, we have had several enquiries about when these start and finish. We do not communicate examination dates until the examination boards publish confirmed dates that will not change. We will inform you shortly of the examination dates but please take care when booking holidays in June 2016.

We are very excited to report that almost 100 students in Year 11 have picked Prince William School as their first choice establishment for further education. We have also had enquiries from students who do not attend the school currently, so places will be competitive and good grades are expected. Therefore, this is another important reason for your son/daughter to work hard in lessons and prepare well for their assessments.

Two of the many highlights of the year will be our Leavers’ Assembly and Prom. Year 11 Prom has been booked at the Best Western Hotel, Corby on Friday 17 June 2016. Specific details regarding times and transport etc. will follow nearer the time, but also attached is criteria for attending both events. I am sure that it goes without saying that a student whose conduct or attendance is poor should not benefit from these celebratory events.

On the subject of conduct and behaviour, I include how students should conduct themselves out of school in both the real and the 'virtual world' online. Here at Prince William School we act swiftly if we receive reports about Cyber Bullying. Sadly, this is an area which I have had to deal with on several occasions in recent months. Our students have positive relationships in school but still struggle to manage relationships online, even at fifteen and sixteen years old. Can I encourage you to talk to your son/daughter about how they are engaging with others online via social media or games' consoles. If they or you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

With regards

Jo Baron

Vice Principal: Year 11 Team Leader