Year 10 students have made a positive start to their GCSE studies and are making the transition from year 9 to 10 look seamless. The start of GCSE is very demanding, especially given the new curriculum and framework for subjects commencing this academic year. Based on feedback from parents and students, we have introduced a homework timetable for this year to help students in year 10 organise their homework and extra curriculum activities which should stand them in good stead come year 11 and beyond.

We have completed the second of five PSHE&C days were students looked at managing finances, the future of jobs and watched a presentation by the police on radicalisation. The job market was a prominent theme because work experience will be upon us very shortly, 23rd – 27th January, and I’m pleased the say that the vast majority of students have placements agreed. Work experience is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to step outside the classroom, albeit for one week, and get hands on experience of what it is like in the world of work. I am often amazed with the enthusiasm and renewed endeavour shown by students after their week away in industry – it is something that, as teachers, we look to harness following their return.

Year 10 students are taking advantage of a number of leadership opportunities, such as school representatives, mentoring programmes and the development of societies – this is something I am very keen for students to lead with because of the life skills this helps to develop.

Year 10 parent evening will be almost upon us and I am encouraging students to complete their feedback booklet so that they can act on the invaluable feedback they receive on that night to plan for progression. I look forward to seeing you during parents evening on Tuesday 29th November.

Stuart Marr
Head of Year 10