The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College Year 9 Parent Handbook 2018/2019

 
The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College Year 9 Parent Handbook 2018/2019
The Ridgeway School
& Sixth Form College
        Year 9
  Parent Handbook
       2018/2019

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The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College Year 9 Parent Handbook 2018/2019
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Introduction

The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form (TRS) is a school community which gives equal emphasise to
students’ wellbeing and academic progress. We recognise that in order to achieve this parents
are vitally important through encouraging and supporting at home, but also through sharing
information with ourselves which allows us to create a more personalised and tailored education.
We hope that we can provide you with all the information necessary to help to encourage,
challenge and share your child’s educational journey.

Communication
We understand the importance of regular and clear information between the school, students
and parents. To help you remain informed please refer to the following:

      TRS website – www.ridgewayschool.com

      Personal email

      The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form Ridgeway Review

      The Ridgeway School Facebook page

      Absence Line – 01793 846100

      School Office – admin@ridgewayschool.com

Reporting

Parents are involved in every aspect of their son/daughter’s education and are kept regularly
informed as to the progress students are making towards their targets. Through this system of
monitoring and communication with home, we are able to intervene early to discover the reason
for any under-attainment and to provide the support necessary to get students back on track.

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School Contacts
Below is a list of useful contacts for you if you need to contact someone regarding your
son/daughter. Please be aware that staff will endeavour to reply to your email within 48 hours.

Year 9 Key Contacts

                       Mr James Povoas
                       Principal

                        Mr Matt Pauling
                        Vice Principal

                        Mrs Gina Moody
                        Assistant Principal: Student development and wellbeing
                        moodyg@ridgewayschool.com

                        Mrs Rachel Harper
                        Assistant Principal: Raising Standards Leader
                        harperr@ridgewayschool.com

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                    Mr Matthew Wakefield
                    Progress Mentor Coordinator (PMCO) for Year 9
                    wakefieldm@ridgewayschool.com

                     Mrs Rachael Giles
                     Assistant Mentor Coordinator (AMCO) for Year 9
                     gielsr@ridgewayschool.com

                                  Mentors
     9A1 – Megan Humphreys                             9A2 – Cait Gallagher

Humphreysm@ridgewayschool.com                      gallagherc@ridgewayschool.com

                               9A3– Tiff Winters

                         wintert@ridgewayschool.com

            9B1 – Inma Munoz                   9B2 – Sarah Stewart

  munozi@ridgewayschool.com                        stewerts@ridgewayschool.com

      9K1 – Michaela Tuck                               9K2 –Marion James

  tuckm@ridgewayschool.com                         jamesm@ridgewayschool.com

                               9K3 – Kate Gray

                         grayk@ridgewayschool.com

      9S1 – Jess Mowat                                  9S2 – Inga Beaurain

 mowatj@ridgewayschool.com                     beauraini@ridgewayschool.com

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Progress Mentor Coordinator (PMCO) for Year 9
Matthew Wakefield

Matt is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of your son/daughter, this
includes:

      Monitoring the development of their literacy and numeracy skills
      Regularly meeting with teachers and team leaders to discuss student progress
      Supporting students to develop and maintain high aspirations
      Preparing students for their GCSE options
      Supporting students with their choices at Post 16
Assistant Mentor Coordinator (AMCO) for Year 9
Rachael Giles

Rachael is responsible for leading the tutor team and providing support to the Progress
Mentor Coordinator and the Student Support Coordinator. This includes:

      Ensuring that the tutor programme runs effectively each day
      Monitoring student organisation and preparation for learning
      Offering support with social or emotional needs
      Monitoring and challenging behaviour for learning within lessons.
Mentor Programme
This year mentees in year 9 have the opportunity to take part in LORIC. LORIC stands for

leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication. In week A, Year 9 mentees will

be delivered a LORIC session, related to a particular element of a theme of LORIC by their mentor

and complete a LORIC task in their LORIC booklets. Mentees will then take part in a LORIC

computer session where they can complete a log of experiences that relate to each of the LORIC

themes. Further information on LORIC is included in this handbook. Year 9 students will also be

delivered their PSHE lessons during mentoring time by their mentor once a fortnight, they will

record their learning and progress in their PSHE booklet.

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The Student Support Team

Each year group has a Student Support Assistant who works in partnership with the Assistant
Mentor Coordinator. Their role is to oversee pastoral support and guidance for this year group
addressing a range of issues such as attendance, behaviour and safeguarding. Their aim is to try
to intervene as early as possible using their specialist knowledge to provide bespoke programmes
of support across a range of areas such as self-esteem, social skills, as well as leading assessments
and working with teaching staff to address any underlying causes of poor attitudes to learning

Student Support Coordinator for Year 9

Responsible for the pastoral support and behaviour of your son/daughter. This includes:

   •    Identifying underlying causes (SEN/ADHD), engaging with parents, intervention and
        staff/RSL liaison
   •    Integrated support plans for all pastoral/behaviour issues
   •    Multi-agency work/ safeguarding
   •    Attendance meetings with parents
Safeguarding

                          Designated Safeguarding Lead

                           Miss Dawn Blackler

                           blacklerd@ridgewayschool.com

The school takes its responsibilities to safeguard students seriously and welcomes contact from any
parent or carer where they have concerns about their child.

       The Designated Safeguarding Lead in school is Dawn Blackler and she can be
           reached directly through email using blacklerd@ridgewayschool.com.

Please do take the time to look at the school website to provide further information regarding
safeguarding if so required. Please see the school website to access our full Child Protection
Policy.

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Subject Team Leaders
Year 9 Curriculum Subjects

If there are any issues, questions or concerns with teaching matters use the following
procedure for contacting staff:
Subject Teacher- concerns with academic issues, class homework and topics
Subject Leader – timetabling issues, school trips
Faculty Leader- set changes

 Art         Technology         Drama            English         Geography    History       ICT

 rs                                                 Mrs Z          Miss A
                Mrs P           Mrs S                                          Mr J        Mr G
 Mrs H                                                             Curtis -
                                Hodge
   H Watts       Lane                               Smith           Slater     Bister     Mitchell
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                               hodges@
  wattsh@      lanep@                             smithz@           curtis-   bisterj@   mitchellg@
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                                                                   slater@

 Maths          Music            Modern     Physical Education      PSHE         RE          Science

                             Foreign Languages

 Mrs C         Mrs R              Mr J             Mr M              Mrs J     Miss B         Mr T
 Horton       Jankinson                          McMeeking         Meredith     Lee
                               Robertson                                                    Pittaway
hortonc@     jankinsonr@                     mcmeekingm@ meredithj@            leeb@
                              robertsonj@                                                  pittawayt@
                                                 @

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Frequently Asked
    Questions

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Absence
What should I do if my child is absent?
   Phone 01793 846100 (option 1) before the start of school and leave a message with a brief
      description of your son/daughter’s symptoms on each day of absence.
      If your son/daughter is due to have a medical appointment i.e. doctors or dentists, please
       email the mentor and advising the date and time of the appointment and whether your
       son/daughter will be returning to school afterwards. Or you can write a letter prior to the
       event for child to give to their mentor during the mentoring session.
      Students must sign in and out of school in the book at reception – you should arrange to
       meet them in Reception.
      Absence for holidays is rarely authorised but can be requested via an email to Miss Blackler
       – blacklerd@ridgewayschool.com
Attendance is a priority for students in Year 9. If student’s attendance falls intervention will be put
in place. It has been proven that there is a correlation between poor attendance and poor
academic progress. In order to ensure that students achieve their potential we try to ensure that
attendance is as high as possible. Every term we hold a raffle price draw to award those high
attenders with raffle tickets.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s attendance please contact Mrs R Giles –
gilesr@ridgewayschool.com.

Exams
Students have three assessment weeks in Year 9. The first starts on the week commencing Monday
26th November 2018. The second is the week commencing Monday 4th March 2019. Then third is
on the week commencing Monday 24th June 2019. In these series students will be practicing
answering exam style questions under examination conditions. The aim of each synoptic is to build
on prior knowledge so students are prepared for the linear nature of the new GCSE specifications.
It is imperative that they do spend some time preparing for these examinations to ensure that the
students and the teachers have a clear understanding of the individual needs your child may
have to ensure that they reach their potential. Year 9 students will then be given an opportunity to
sit full exam papers in the examination rooms in Term 6. This will help them to prepare and reduce
anxiety when sitting the exams next year.

If you feel that your child would benefit from access arrangements or you have any concerns
over the assessment weeks, please contact;

             Matthew Wakefield – concerns regarding the examination room or medical
              concerns
              allbrook-dunng@ridgewayschool.com
             Becky Kneeshaw – concerns regarding learning support
              kneeshawr@ridgewayschool.com

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Independent Learning
What are the expectations?
   Students are responsible for checking Show My Homework to ascertain any homework they
      have been set. It would be helpful to go through this with them, discussing deadlines and
      checking that it has been completed to the best of their ability.
   Year 10 should be spending 45 minutes per subject per week.
   In Year 10 often this homework is coursework or exam questions, both valuable to ensure
      that students achieve.
   There is a homework club in the Learning Resource Centre from 3.15pm to 4.30pm Monday
      to Thursday, students just need to turn up. Here they have access to computers and a
      printer should they require.
   There is also targeted revision or catch up sessions ran during the week, these are run by
      subject specialist staff with the aim of supporting students who have gaps in their
      knowledge. These sessions run from 3.30pm until 4.30pm Monday through to Thursday.
      Students are required to register in the dining hall where squash and biscuits will be
      available before moving through to their subjects.
   If students fail to complete homework, or it is not to a standard that represents their ability
      they will receive a homework consequence.

The Late Bus
How can my son or daughter use the late bus following extra-curricular activities?

      The late bus leaves from the main reception at 4.45pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and
       Thursday’s.
      The cost to travel on the late bus £1.60 unless you already have a day rider or a young
       person’s travelpass.
      Thamesdown 155 – Lawn, Liden, Elden, Stratton
      Thamesdown 157 – Thorney Park, Chiseldon, Liddington, Wanborough, Hinton Parva,
       Bishopstone
      You do not need to book to use the late bus prior to attending extra-curricular activities.

Extra-Curricular Activities
How can my son or daughter be a part of the extra-curricular activities available?

      There are a number of extra-curricular activities that run between 3.30 – 4.30pm – These are
       available on the school website.
        http://www.ridgewayschool.com/extracurricular/extra-curricular-timetables/
      The majority of extra-curricular activities are cost free, however please be aware the
       occasional club may ask for a small contribution.
      Please discuss and make arrangements with your child for any after school activities. This
       avoids students having to phone home and worried calls from parents.
      Students can volunteer or may be asked to play in school matches via sign-up sheets in the
       PE department. It is then THEIR responsibility to inform their parents/carers they are taking
       part in a fixture. If you would like confirmation of start/finish/travel arrangements, please
       contact a member of the PE department. We would advise parents/carers to ensure the
       students have a mobile phone they can use to advise them of delayed finish times so that
       they can arrange to be collected from school if need be.

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The House System
What is the school house system?

There are 4 houses:

    Avebury
    Barbury
    Kennet
    Silbury

Students are allocated a house and they stay in in that house throughout their school life – siblings
often follow into the same house. Students are able to wear house ties that show which house
they are a part of. They are particularly important for events such as Inter-house competitions and
Sports day.

Lost Property
What happens if my son/daughter loses something?

      If your son or daughter loses any item during PE it is likely that their kit or item will be found
       either in the PE office or the leisure centre office.
      If your son or daughter loses an item around the school site, they can check the following
       places:
        The classrooms they have been in that day.
        The Student Support office.
        Behaviour and Standards – lots property cupboard.

Information for students
Where can students find important information?
   Information for students can be found on the display screens around school.
   Each tutor room has a mentor notice board which is regularly updated by the mentors.
   The Assistant Mentor Coordinator will also regularly email home any relevant information to
     keep you updated which can be shared with the students.
   The school website is a useful resource for both students and parents.
   If students have any questions they can ask at student reception.

Medical
What happens if my son/daughter is unwell at school?
   In the event of accident or illness, students go to student reception,
      where they are able to administer First Aid and supply any
      medicines etc. Any medication given is done with consent from
      yourselves unless indicated in their care plan.
      If there are any problems during the school day which require a
       student to go home, parents will be contacted by school. As a
       result, please ensure that all phone numbers and contact details are
       kept up to date in case of an emergency.

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Payments
      We use a thumb print (cashless) system to pay for all food and drink within the school.
       You can top up your son or daughters thumb via two methods:
       - Provide your son or daughter with money to bring to school to put into the machine to
           automatically top up.
       - Use Parent Pay https://www.parentpay.com/ to add an online sum to your son or
           daughters account.
      All payments and donations made for school trips and visits are made via parent pay. If
       you have any issues when trying to make payments, please contact Mrs Walke in finance,
       walkej@ridgewayschool.com
      Loans – Your son or daughter can request a loan through student support are repayable
       before each term ends.

Parent Portal
     The parent portal is easy to access through the Ridgeway School website.
       https://portal.ridgewayschool.com/CookieAuth.dll?GetLogon?curl=Z2FsitesZ2Fparents&rea
       son=0&formdir=2
     It is an opportunity for you as a parent to keep up to date with your son or daughter’s day
       to day life at the Ridgeway School. You are able to access information such as your son or
       daughters timetable, attendance and achievement and behaviour points.
     In order to access the Parent Portal, you require both a username and a password. This is
       issued when your son or daughter starts at the school. If you are having issues with access,
       please contact your child’s mentor.

Immersion Days
What are Immersion days?
   Immersion days are when the normal timetable for the whole school is collapsed and
      students take part in a range of subject specific or cross-curricular activities. For Year 9
      these will have a focus around fully preparing them with the skills necessary for the future,
      they will look at creating motivating targets, careers and much more. The dates for
      immersion day are listed below:

                            Wednesday 6th December: Immersion day 1

                             Wednesday 23rd January: Immersion day 2

                               Thursday 21st March: Immersion day 3

                                Thursday 4th July: Immersion day 4

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  Year 9
Curriculum

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Attendance - Every School Day Counts!
Assessment reports will include important information on attendance. Any missed days over the
school year could drastically reduce your son/daughter’s chances of success. Continued
persistent absence could see a reduction in GCSE results across all subjects.

Attendance information to parents is explained as follows:

                                                 Approx days      lost Approx weeks lost
Attendance              Description
                                                 per year              per year

98-100%                 Excellent                0-4                    Less than 1

95-98%                  Good                     5-9                    1-2

93-95%                  Satisfactoy              10-13                  2-3

85-93%                  Unsatisfactory           14-28                  3-6

Below 85%               Persistent Absence       More than 29           More than 6

The relationship between exam results and attendance is quite simple – the more students attend,
the better the chances of examination success.

Please note that HOLIDAYS and requests for absence taken during term time are NOT
AUTHORISED.

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Reporting and Assessment

Throughout Year 9, parents and students will receive regular updates on student progress. Many
assessment updates will be sent home to ALL students via the mentor. Please ensure that your
child brings these home. They can also be accessed via the parent portal on the website. If you
have any concerns from this data, then please contact your child’s mentor in the first instance.

GCSE number grades
Your son/daughter will be completing the new style GCSEs in many of their subjects in the coming
years and will be allocated a 9-1 grade (9 is the highest). A U grade is also possible if your child is
not yet working at a pass for the course. Current guidance from the government suggests that a
grade 5 will be considered as a ‘good’ pass so it is likely that employers, universities, colleges, etc
will regard this as equivalent to a current C grade.

BTEC grades
Students are sitting BTEC First Award qualifications which are the equivalent to GCSEs as follows:

                        BTEC grade                 GCSE equivalent

                        Distinction* (D*)          1 x A*

                        Distinction (D)            1xA

                        Merit (M)                  1xB

                        Pass (P)                   1xC

                        Level 1 Pass (L1)          1xF

                        Fail (F)                   U

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Assessment Week

This year there will be three formal assessment weeks, which allow students to practice
consolidating their knowledge in a formal exam environment. These assessments will
provide students, teachers and parents with a clear picture of performance and will help
formulate next steps for each individual.

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              Assessment Window 1                                                                                                                              Assessment Window 2                                                                                                                              Assessment Window 3

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                                                                                                                                        Christmas Hols

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Easter Hols
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              End of Year Faculty Synoptic Assessment
                                             Half Term

     Content 1                                           Content 2                                                                                        Content 3                                                   Content 4                                                                                  Content 5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cyc Rep 5 (Exam Grp Int.)
                                                              Y11 PPE

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                                                                          cyc Rep 1 (Yr10-13)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           cyc Rep 3 (Yr11-13)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cyc Rep 6 (Yr7-10 + 12)
                                                                                                                cyc Rep 2 (All Years)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cyc Rep 4 (All Years)
                   Mid term assessment

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                                                                                                WS Assessment

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Parent Information Evenings
Year 9 parents evening is on Thursday 24th January 2019, these events will start at 2pm ending at
7pm with the school closing for all pupils at 1.10pm. Booking opens for appointments
approximately two weeks before the event. An email will be sent to all parents and carers when
the booking system opens. We do ask that you attend only one of these evenings to ensure that
all parents have an opportunity to make appointments.

Post 16 Information

Students’ Post 16 Options
At 16 you have many options to considerer after you finish your GCSEs:

Post-16                          College                          Apprenticeships

You can apply for as many options as you wish, please read below for further information.

Post 16
Students should talk to teachers about what subjects involve and whether they think students are
suitable to do the course. Ensure you attend local Open Evenings to see what each Post 16 option
offers.

What qualifications are needed? What are the target grades?
   Level 3 courses (A Level over 2 years) want at least 5 GCSEs at A*–C grade, courses may
      need higher grades for entry
   Students will usually need to study 3 subjects
   Students should consider what subjects they need for their career plan/University

A friendly, supportive and productive environment enables R6 Sixth Formers to thrive.

The dedicated Sixth Form common room was decorated by students and designed with
them in mind. There’s comfy chairs and plenty of space for working and relaxing. They are
also proud of their very own R6 Café which sells pizzas, deli style sandwiches, paninis and
more. Freshly ground coffee, hot chocolate and cold drinks are available too.

The Sixth Form facilities support your learning, with a modern and interactive approach to
teaching and working. They have both silent and quiet Sixth Form study areas with
computers and working space, as well as a Sixth Form resource area to encourage
independent study.

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They also provide…
• A dedicated mentoring programme with weekly group meetings and individual tutorials
to check progress and offer support;
• Sixth Form Student Advisor available for help, support and guidance on a range of
issues.

Achievement at R6 is exceptional and they are proud of the achievements of all of their
students whether they continue their studies at university or go on to secure
apprenticeships or jobs.

Particular successes from last year include;

College

Main reasons for going to college:
      College does the course students want – as well as A levels (do different subjects to school)
       college also do more vocational courses
      Wanting a fresh start.

Things to consider:
      Does it fit with career plan?
      Does it qualify you for specific job, or is it general?
      What grades required
      Do you need to apply soon?
      You may get called for an interview, this could involve taster lessons and assessment tests.
      You will probably have to pay some material fees – can ask for help from college towards
       this based on family income
      Travel every day – think about costs of bus, time involved – can’t just pop home if they
       have free period
Open Events

It is always advisable to go along to open events to see what colleges and sixth forms are offering.
You can find all this information on their websites, or if you need some help speak to your mentor.

Apprenticeships

      Students should consider what occupational areas they’re interested in and consider the
       local labour market.

      Companies such as Airbus, Rolls Royce, Royal Mail and MOD may need early applications -
       check their websites

      Apply to Training Providers/ College in the Spring Term (with/without employer – they may
       be able to help with the employer search) and ALWAYS have a full time course or another
       plan as back up.

      Search for an apprenticeship here: www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. Best to search by
       postcode rather than look for Bristol. This gives actual current vacancies.

      Must have employer with real vacancy before apprenticeship can start

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      Will usually have to do assessment tests – especially more technical apprenticeships, or at
       least basic literacy/numeracy

      May involve day release to a college

      Pay may only be £95 week – although some e.g. Rolls Royce/Airbus pay more

Confused about what you would like to do?
      Don’t panic you have lots of time.
      Speak to your parents or to your mentor.
      You can book an appointment with Polly Wiggins – the careers adviser – speak with your
       mentor.

Ways to Support Your Son/Daughter

‘Parental support is eight times more important in determining a son/daughter’s academic
success than social class,’ according to the Campaign for Learning (TES).

Below are some tips for helping your son/daughter achieve their best in this important exam year.
If you are at all concerned about their progress, please do not hesitate to contact us if you need
any extra support.

Attendance – Ensure that your son/daughter is in school! As you have seen from the research,
attendance has a massive impact on final grades. We appreciate that there are days where
your son/daughter will not be well enough to come into school however, it is crucial that they
catch up on missed work.

Aspiration - Does your son/daughter know what they are going to do next year/the year after?
Evidence shows that students who have a career aim do better in their GCSEs. Take your
son/daughter to Open Evenings at Post 16 centres and colleges. Encourage your son/daughter
to apply to several different institutions. Talk to them about careers and the grades that they will
need for different jobs or courses.

Balance - Agree the balance between work and social life and stick to the agreement. Again,
flexibility is the key – if a special night comes up, where your son/daughter will not be able to
work, agree that they can make up the work at another specified time.

Communication – Keep the communication channels open between home and school. If you
have any concerns about your son/daughter’s progress contact the school to arrange a
meeting to discuss!

Flexibility - Be flexible – use the 80/20 rule. If your son/daughter is sticking to what they are
supposed to be doing 80% of the time, they will be doing alright.

Help with creating a revision timetable - Attention to good planning in the first place on how to
‘chunk’ revision into manageable bits will stop revision from becoming overwhelming. You can
help with this and also help your son/daughter to create a revision timetable which can be
displayed on the wall in bedrooms’/study areas with key examination dates and times
highlighted. Crossing off weeks and exams as they are completed helps psychologically.

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Remember to include ‘down time’ in each week’s plan.

‘I don’t have any homework’ – In Year 9 there will always be the opportunity for ‘extension’ that
students can complete even if they do not have any ‘official homework’. There are a wealth of
websites available to help with consolidating knowledge – these can be found on the subject
information pages on the website.

Interest – Show an interest in your son/daughter’s school work and Independent Learning (IL).
Help your son/daughter to get into a routine of completing Independent Learning every school
night.

Make sure they get enough sleep - To help make sure your son/ daughter is getting enough
sleep try some of these tips:-

    Stick to regular bedtimes

    Make sure they get regular exercise

    Allow time to relax and switch off before going to bed

    Don’t try to force them to sleep if they are feeling very active

    Avoid caffeine after 6.00pm

    Avoid ‘blue light’ devices an hour before bedtime i.e. Mobile phones, laptops, tablets etc.

    Remove phones and tablets from bedrooms at night

    It is generally recommended that teenagers aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night

Make sure they take enough breaks - Encourage your son/daughter to find time to take his/her
attention completely away from sources such as revision and exams. Encourage regular breaks
and enjoy their hobbies and interests. Throughout the examination period, make sure your
son/daughter has plenty of time to relax as well as to revise. Do not allow them to ‘burn out’ by
doing too much. Too much work can be as detrimental as too little! If you find them feeling too
stressed, try relaxation techniques and put work to one side until the feelings of panic subside.
Things often do not seem so bad after a break.

Motivation - All students fall behind, feel demotivated or overwhelmed, or struggle with the
balance of social, work and school demands at times. When your son/daughter feels like this,
berating and threatening them will have a negative effect. Talk to them about the issues,
acknowledge their feelings and adopt a sensible attitude in wanting to find a solution.

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Offer incentives - Pay for grades! On a sliding scale, of course! You could promise rewards when
your son/daughter achieves his/her target grades or completes work on time. When coming to
such arrangements, make sure that the targets are challenging but fair – and also affordable! It
is worth saying though that research has proven that aspirations and intrinsic rewards have far
more impact in the long term than short term extrinsic rewards.

Provide a healthy diet - Some foods are known to prevent stress and improve our brain power. It
is a good idea to research into this. Hydration is equally important, so encourage your
son/daughter to drink plenty of water.

Provide a suitable place to study and revise - SPACE: It is really important that your son/daughter
has enough space in which to complete their work. Access to a computer and desk is ideal but
sometimes your son/daughter may need to spread out a bit more and so might take over a
kitchen table, especially for subjects like Art or Product Design. It is not ideal to lie in bed with
books and notes strewn across the covers: work needs to be organised to be effective.

Quiet: It is not always easy to find a quiet place but it is very important that your son/daughter is
able to work somewhere peaceful without distractions or interruptions. They may think being in
front of the TV is a good place to revise but a TV is very distracting, as is music, Twitter and
Facebook! Half an eye or ear on any of these distractions means they are not fully concentrating
on their work. These should be ‘treats’ when work is finished.

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Key Dates
      Thursday 11th October: 6.30-8.30pm 6th Form Open Evening

                  Friday 19th October: End of Term 1

                Monday 5th November– Term 2 begins

Thursday 8th November: School finishes at 1.10pm (Y8 Parents Evening)

Thursday 15th November: School finishes at 1.10pm (Y11 Parents Evening)

                Friday 16th November: Children in Need

       Monday 26th– Friday 30th November: Assessment week 1

              Wednesday 6th December: Immersion day 1

 Monday 10th-Tuesday 11th December: Christmas Showcase rehearsals

     Tuesday 11th-Wednesday 12th December: Christmas Showcase

 Friday 21st December: End of Term 2 / Sparkle day non-school uniform

                  Monday 7th January: Term 1 begins

              Wednesday 23rd January: Immersion day 2

 Thursday 24th January: School finishes at 1.10pm (Y9 Parents Evening)

      Thursday 31st January: 6.00-8.00pm Year 9 Options Evening

       Friday 15h February: End of Term 3 / Snow Dome Ski trip

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