Welcome to Year 11

Our Year 11 students have now reached the most vital stage of their academic careers so far and it gives me great pleasure to be continuing as their Achievement Leader to support and guide them on their journey to outstanding results and opportunities.  As with Year 10, I expect students to continue to approach their studies with maturity, high aspirations and commitment.

The high standards of behaviour and conduct, expected from all students at Tabor, continues in Year 11.  We expect Year 11 pupils to continue to follow the school Code of Conduct and be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.  Students’ behaviour and attitudes should reflect the importance of this academic year and should include outstanding attendance and punctuality, engagement in lessons, enthusiasm for learning and a keenness to improve.  Year 11 students will also require some resilience – lessons will be challenging and will push students to reach their full potential.  Students must learn that they will not always master and understand things first time.  They will make mistakes; it’s learning from these mistakes which will help them achieve their full potential.  GCSE pupils will be expected to extend their learning at home, particularly with practice exam questions and papers, and we thank parents for their support and encouragement with this.

Year 11 students must now take full ownership of their learning and adopt a ‘no-excuses’ policy.  They need to make effective use of their diaries to record homework and revision and to monitor their own attendance and punctuality. Students should ensure they are organised and equipped for all lessons.  Parents and tutors must support this by checking the diary weekly and using it as a communication tool which links the efforts of home and school.

The behaviour, achievement and progress of the year group are closely monitored and reinforced by myself (Achievement Team Leader for Year 11), Mrs Burns (Year Care Team) and a dedicated tutor team.  We are supported in our work by all the subject teachers and other staff within the school.  Students who display outstanding work and effort are rewarded with good SIMs entries, public acknowledgment, year team rewards, positive phone calls and curriculum linked visits.  Sanctions are used when students do not meet our high standards and parents are asked to support us in the application of these sanctions.  Students are encouraged to have a say in the life of the school: each tutor group sends representatives to the year council meetings and selected students take part in Student Council meetings to discuss various aspects of school life.  We have a high number of captains who play the role of leaders within the year group. They have numerous duties in order to support the school’s ethos.

Form groups will change at the start of Year 11, and for some pupils during the academic year too, to allow additional time for English and Maths interventions where they are needed.    This forms part of our intervention programme to ensure pupils have the best possible opportunity to succeed in these crucial examinations.

The linear assessment schedule for GCSEs means the majority of their exams will take place in May/June of 2017.  This means it is all the more important that students remain diligent and committed throughout this year.  Students must make sure that their books and notes are neat and looked after so that they have them ready to use for revision.

The vision of the Year 11 team is to encourage all students to fulfil their potential with the full support of the year team and their parents.  A positive relationship with home is essential if the students are to achieve this.  Success does not happen by working in isolation – we all need to help and support the most important person, which of course is the student.  Parents’ attendance and engagement in information events such as Parents’ Evenings is vital to ensure that we are all aware of any issues or concerns surrounding each student.  Parents may also be invited in for meetings with subject teachers or members of our Middle/Senior Leadership Team to discuss their child’s progress and how best we can support them to achieve their full potential.  We thank you in advance for your attendance and support with this.

The school will facilitate extended opportunities to assist students in their effort to be their best.  SEND, EAL and G&T teams within the school will offer students the support needed to achieve and exceed their targets. Extra-curricular activities will include lunchtime and after-school academic clubs whilst sporting clubs will provide students with the chance to develop socially in areas outside of their academic subjects.

After school and during the school holidays, students will be required to attend revision classes leading up to their GCSE examinations.  We will continue to push our students to make outstanding progress and urge our Year 11 students to continue to aim high and achieve their full potential.

Thank you in anticipation of your continued support and I look forward to an extremely successful year.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the school.

Mrs Leeds
Achievement Team Leader