Welcome to Year 11
I am incredibly excited about taking on the role of ATL for year 11. Over the last two years I have got to know the co-hort as a whole extremely well and am very aware of the academic, creative and sporting talent we have within the year group. As Achievement Leader my overarching focus is to support and guide them on their journey to outstanding results and opportunities. Having witnessed the excellent progression that the cohort have made since Year 10, I expect students to continue to approach their studies with maturity, high aspirations and commitment.
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 Leader) 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 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 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.
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. The year group have been on a long journey during their time at Tabor which I have had the pleasure of sharing with them, and I am delighted to be guiding the cohort through their final year at Tabor. 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.
Achievement Team Leader