EXAMINATIONS Remember please see the exams section on the school website for up to date information: Exams In additional to seasonal information you and your son/daughter will find documents from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) which includes all of the regulations pertaining to examinations. EXTERNAL WRITTEN SUMMER EXAM SERIES DATES 2014/2015 Monday 11 May to Wednesday 24 June 2014 TIMETABLES Students sitting external exams this summer have received their personalised exam timetable. Please ensure personal details (name, date of birth) and the list of exam entries are checked, any student with a query should go to the exams office, B2.11, as soon as possible. EXAM CLASHES Students with a clash of exams that exceed 3 hours in the same session collected their exam timetable from the exams office, this is because a change to their timetable has been made. Any students with a clash of exams that total 3 hours or less will sit their exams in the same session. For further information regarding whole school exams or for the practical exam timetable please see Exam Timetables. EXAM PREPARATION A new page has been added to the exams section of the school website Exam Preparation This page includes the following: Information and video clips for help to understand and combat exam anxiety and stress Tips and Guidance document to assist with revision Exam Equipment Checklist The Exams Booklet issued to Year 11s at the revision evening EXAM EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST Ensure your child arrives fully equipped for their exams. Equipment needs to be in a see through plastic bag or transparent pencil case. ESSENTIAL ITEMS Black ink or ball point pens (no gel pens or blue ink are permitted) Pencil Pencil sharpener Rubber Ruler ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED DEPENDANT ON EXAM Calculator Coloured pencils Pair of compasses Protractor Set square OPTIONAL ITEMS Highlighter pen (to highlight text in the question paper only – cannot be used in answer books) RESULTS DAYS GCE AS/A Level – Thursday 13 August 2015 in the Hall – 8.30 am – 10.30 am GCSE – Thursday 20 August 2015 in the Hall – 8.30 am – 10.30 am Students unable to collect results can nominate someone in writing to collect them (ID required) or provide a SAE ENVELOPE to Exams by Friday 17 July, please ensure correct postage is used. Thank you. Summer schools 2015 Once more we are running our ‘Summer School’ during the first week of the holidays. We have two courses on offer. A drama based course open to students aged 5-14 years and a multi sports course open to children aged 9-14 years. There is a subsidised rate for students who will be joining us in September and a discount for siblings. Please see our website for further details. Second-hand Uniform Sale Out PTA who raise a prenominal amount of money to support school are holding a second hand uniform sale on Wednesday 8th July at 5.30pm. If you have any unwanted school uniform that you are able to donate, please send it to reception as soon as possible. The sale will be open to all parents. Even Bigger Gig Many of you attended our Big Gig in July last year and had a wonderful time. I am delighted to tell you that we are holding an ‘Even Bigger Gig’ on Friday 10th July at 7pm. Our headline act will be Britain’s Got Talent super star and ex-student Rosie O’Sullivan. There are a limited number of tickets available at £7 per adult and £5 per concession. Tickets will be available for purchasing via Parentpay on Monday 15th June. There will be a licensed bar and barbeque. Save the Date Our 6th Community Fair is on Saturday 26th September. More details will follow, but to book a stall please email Amanda Lansdown at email@example.com. Work Experience; Year 10 – Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July Work experience will soon be upon us, please remind students who have not yet done so to contact their placement provider and check their start time and what they are required to wear. I will be speaking to the students about Health and Safety on Friday 26th June, they will also be given a diary to complete during their work experience week. A member of staff will either telephone or visit the students where possible. Please make sure we have up to date information about the placement and who will be best to contact. I hope the students enjoy their week, please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries. Jane Humphreys Work Experience Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Information regarding a change to our vertical tutor groups From September 2016 we will be making a change to our current vertical tutor groups. Sixth Form students will no longer be in the mixed age tutor groups; instead they will be in mixed Key Stage 5 groups. We have made this decision due to the fact that our Sixth Form has grown considerably in the last 8 years and is now giving an uneven balance to the spread of ages in the groups. We also feel that in order to deliver a programme more suitable for our post 16 students, including age appropriate Personal, Social and Health Education, information regarding future plans, such as university applications, apprenticeships and work opportunities and delivering the A Level General Studies programme, it will be better for them to be in Sixth Form tutor groups. We will still be expecting our Sixth Formers to be part of the house system and to remain involved with the younger members of the school and we will continue with the student mentoring that they are already doing. Inevitably this change will entail some restructuring across the house groups as we will need to condense the 10 tutor groups in each house block into 7 Lower School groups and 3 Sixth Form groups. This will mean a certain amount of change for everyone, although every student will remain in their current house group. We would like to reassure you that every care will be taken to ensure that students are placed in the most appropriate group for them. Progress Leaders and tutors will discuss the placement of every student in their care and will be spending the next academic year ensuring the best outcome for everyone. Active Kids Get Cooking The Food Technology Department would like to congratulate the following Y8 and Y9 students on the achievement of being awarded a Merit Grade for their Active Kids Get Cooking Project. They have all worked extremely hard on their design and make projects and they will all be invited to a ‘Celebration Event’ later on this term.