Welcome to Year 11
Within Year 11, the continued focus this year is very much on ensuring that all students feel content, respected and safe. Respecting others and our surroundings, as well as being positive role models to the rest of the school community, is something we try to instill in students throughout their time at KWS.
From an academic perspective, it is essential that Year 11 students are aspirational and all highly motivated towards the challenge of achieving the best results possible in their GCSEs. We see excellent GCSE results as a platform to provide students with future success and opportunities beyond Year 11, whether that be in continued education or in a career pathway. Year 11 students have formal mocks in the fortnight commencing 30th Oct, and again for their core subjects in the week commencing 26th Feb.
We wish every student the best of fortune in what is a very important year for them and strongly champion hard work as a key to success.
Please take the time to re-read Mr Martin’s outline of our high standards and expectations as KWS students return at the start this academic year.
All students should be Ready, Respectful and Responsible. These 3Rs guide our students on how to conduct themselves in their learning and how to interact with students and staff.
Our school values of Knowledge, Wellbeing and Success are key to the character development of our students and how they can achieve personally and academically.
Year Group Team
Curriculum in Year 11
The curriculum year 11 students follow is outlined in the diagram to the right.
Details of the curriculum studied in each subject in Year 11 can be found on the Curriculum Pages of the website here. As a reminder, the details on programmes of study and exam specifications for options can be found here.
If you would like more detail, please do ask your child to show you the student site and/or google classroom for each of their subjects – this provides access to each lesson and associated resources along with knowledge organisers (KOs) for topics studied.
Careers Education in Year 11
Students will have one form time per week dedicated to the ‘World of Work’, as well as undertaking a PSHCE unit, consolidating their knowledge of careers through Unifrog. Year 11 students will be involved in a drop down day in November, which will involve workshops and presentations focussing on pathways beyond Year 11. This will include information about sixth form colleges, vocational colleges, apprenticeships and technical qualifications, as well as higher education. Students will also have opportunities to meet with visitors from industry and participate in careers trips, should they wish to. Students in all year groups will also take part in careers based lessons in all subjects during KWS Careers month in March.
Home Learning in Year 11
Home learning expectations for Year 11 are outlined here. As in previous years, additional enrichment tasks can be found on each of the subject’s curriculum pages – do encourage your child to dive into some of these.
Super Curriculum in Year 11
Period 7 changes once more for students as they enter Year 11. One session a week remains Independent Study and twice a week students will complete subject specific intervention. The focus of this will change across each block for them. Once a week students have the opportunity to take part in an elective – with many of their favourites from years 7 to 10 repeated alongside some interesting new opportunities to support study or aid relaxation, as they choose at this time.
As in other years students have the opportunity to select Period 7 and clubs twice this year, in July of Year 10 and again in January of Year 11. Choices will be sent home for review and discussion the Friday prior to choices being made the following week in form time, guided by their tutor.
External Examinations in Year 11
To enable students to be prepared for their GCSE examinations, we aim to run all of our mock exam series’ in the same way our public exam season will run. Students will be provided with an Examinations Handbook prior to the first set of mock exams, which they must familiarise themselves with. It is also vital that students are equipped for each exam they sit, and that they understand the rules and regulations of the examination room. Should any students be entitled to special arrangements for any of the examinations, the SEN team will communicate these with staff, students and parents/carers. The ‘Exams’ area of the school website will be updated with key documents throughout the year, in preparation for the summer examination series.
Dates to note for Year 11
All our key events are on the school calendar which can be viewed here and should be reviewed in detail.
Some to note for Year 11:
- The 1st Mock Exams are in the fortnight commencing Mon 30th Oct
- There will be a Mock Results Day on Thurs 30th Nov, inc. reports home.
- Parents Evening (subjects) is scheduled for Thurs 7th Dec
- The 2nd set of Mock Exams, focused on Core Subjects, will be in the week commencing 26th Feb. These will be reported in mid March.
- GCSE Drama final performances will be in w/c 18th March
- DT and Art Exams will be in w/c 29th April
- GCSE external examinations commence from 13th May
Your first port of call in school is your child’s form tutor, please do get in touch with them via ClassCharts if you have any questions or concerns. Please be aware of agreed protocols for such communications here.