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For all Year 10 students September marks the start of their GCSE courses. I believe they will rise to the new challenges that this year will bring. I have every confidence that they will build on last year’s excellent progress. If they listen carefully to the guidance given by their teachers, it will help enable them to achieve their full potential. We hope that all students will embrace the GCSE courses. Organisation and establishing good homework routines is imperative as the workload will increase. Making time for other ‘extra-curricular’ activities is equally important as we strive for a good work/life balance.
All students will continue to have daily contact with their form tutor and the support of the year office team. I will oversee the pastoral care and academic progress of students across the year group. There is a wealth of support available in school for any students that find themselves in need. Please do encourage students to seek help if they find themselves struggling. They can talk to their form tutor, a school counsellor, or pop by the Year Office.
Punctuality and attendance will be closely monitored. We appreciate that absence is at times unavoidable, but request that parents keep absences to an absolute minimum. Please ensure that students are in school by 8.30am, ready to start period one at 8.40am. Parents will be notified if attendance dips below 95% or if students are frequently late to lessons.
The student planner continues to be an important tool for home/school communication and general student organisation. Year 10 students should be spending approximately an hour per day on homework/independent study. The Learning Centre is open in the mornings and after school to provide support for students needing research facilities and support is available for students of all abilities.
During the summer term, all Year 10 students will sit a full series of in-hall assessments under full exam conditions. These assessments have been designed to help students prepare for the final series of exams in Year 11. Further guidance will be issued on revision techniques and timetables nearer the time. Activities Week at the end of the Summer Term for Year 10 will be focusing on enterprise education with a range of activities.
We are incredibly proud of the students in our year group and have every confidence in their ability to embrace all that Year 10 has to offer. As role models for the younger students and ambassadors for SWCHS, we have the very highest expectations, both academically and on a personal level. We look forward to continuing our close working relationships with both parents and students.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Year Office, where we will do our best to answer your questions or point you in the right direction.