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Year 11

Year 11 is a pivotal year in any young person’s future

The prospect of GCSE examinations, the anxiety over results and the pressure of making important choices about future aspirations are all conducive to potentially stressful times, but the end of the year is also a time when students can feel immense pride and satisfaction in their well-deserved achievements. Hard work and dedication will be required from all students to help them to reach their full potential in their GCSE examinations.

All classwork, homework and controlled assessments are of vital importance and should be taken as seriously as the examinations themselves. We will support every student as best as we can and aim to equip them with the necessary skills to achieve every success in their future path, whichever direction that may take.

I look forward to seeing all students feeling proud of their results in August and hope that we can work together to achieve this goal. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your son/daughter's Form Tutor or myself.

Mr C Chambers, Head of Year 11 - chambersc@chancellors.herts.sch.uk

  • 11A – Mr C Holliday
  • 11B – Miss R Harris
  • 11H – Mrs S Shum
  • 11M – Miss N Perryman
  • 11S – Miss A Curran
  • 11W – Mr J Field

To email a member of staff, please use their surname followed by their initial, for example:

John Smith = smithj@chancellors.herts.sch.uk

Homework

Students should be competing 90 minutes of homework per subject per week, which is the equivalent of 2 hours 15 minutes each night. This is however only a minimum guideline, and in the lead up to exams, this should increase significantly with additional revision taking place at weekends and during school holidays.

A revision programme will be necessary, and sacrifices may have to be made in order to ensure sufficient study time. Throughout the year homework will increasingly take the form of revision, and students should use their class work and revision guides to facilitate this. They are encouraged to attend additional revision sessions hosted by subject departments, however these should not replace their independent revision, but supplement the work they are doing outside of lesson time.

Organisation and time management will be important skills during preparation for exams.

The time allocation of 90 minutes per subject per week may be set as one unit, or may be divided into two units as shown on the timetable below.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Option 1

Option 3

Option 1

Option 2

Option 1

Option 3

Maths

Option 2

Option 4

(Hi/IT/Py/Mu)

Option 2

Option 4

(Re/Gg/Tx/Cp/Bs)

English

Option 3

English

Option 4

Science (Wk2)

Science

(Tue2 Both weeks)

Science

(Both Weeks)

Science

(Both Weeks)

Maths

 

Form Time

Year 11 has a number of form time sessions each week that are assigned to private/silent and independent study. This is an essential part of the school day, and students are expected to come to registration prepared to carry out their work alone. They should always have some work or revision to complete.

Form tutors will also work with students on activities such as target setting, creating a revision timetable, exploring learning styles and a range of revision strategies, as well as discussing techniques to cope with stress. These activities have been designed specifically for Year 11, to support them through their exams.

Interventions for core subjects take place during form times, and students will be informed by either their form tutor or classroom teacher about this

Form time is exceedingly valuable and it is imperative that it is not missed through lateness.

Exam Boards 2020/2021

Subject

GCSE Exam Board

Art and Design: Fine Art

AQA

Art and Design: Photography

AQA

Art and Design: Textiles

AQA

Catering and Hospitality (Vocational)

WJEC/EDUQAS

Food Preparation and Nutrition

WJEC/EDUQAS

Design Technology

AQA

Drama

OCR

English Language

WJEC

English Literature

AQA

French

EDEXCEL

Geography

AQA

German

EDEXCEL

History

AQA

ICT

OCR/Cam Nat

Computer Studies

OCR

Health and Social Care

OCR/ Cam Nat

Italian

EDEXCEL

Mathematics

EDEXCEL

Media Studies

WJEC/EDUQAS

Music

OCR

PE

OCR

Psychology

AQA

Religious Studies

AQA

Science (All Sciences)

AQA

 

Exam Board Websites:

Careers Education & Guidance

Year 11 is a pivotal year in which students face multiple decisions about their future. However, there is wealth of support for your son/daughter in the coming months, to help them to make informed and confident choices about their next steps, to be able to realise their future goals.

The Next Step

Once students receive their mock GCSE results, this will determine their predicted grades and is a good indication as to what students are expected to achieve in the final exams. This prediction should inform decisions about next steps, and make clear the options open for the future. No door is closed to any student at this stage, as they all still have the opportunity to put in every effort to achieve the best they can in their GCSEs.

We have a vibrant Sixth Form at Chancellor's and look forward to welcoming many of the current Year 11 students into this in September 2021. Students should be carefully considering the A Levels or courses that they may like to take next year and if they are interested in continuing at Chancellor's, should hand in their application forms before the Christmas break so that we can cater for the needs of all students. The students will be informed of the process but this information can also be accessed through the Sixth Form page on the website, once applications are open.

Some students may be preparing themselves for college or employment-based options. Those looking to pursue these avenues should be attending Open Days at colleges and working on their applications. Regardless of the choices made by our students, the options available to them in the future will be considerably greater if they achieve the best set of results they possibly can at GCSE.

Revision

Teachers are always on hand to support students if needed, and many subjects have revision sessions in place. There will be a revision and support session timetable published as we approach the exam period, so students and parents are aware of the extra sessions available to them after school. We aim for each subject to offer a time where students can attend drop-in or structured sessions to receive support with any areas that they are unsure of, or require a little extra guidance. Students should make the most of all the help available.

Supporting Your Child’s Revision

Key Dates

Event

Date

Mock Exam Assembly

5th November

Mock Exams

23rd November

Year 11 Parents Evening

14th January

Year 11 Pathways Interviews

11th February

2nd English and Maths Mocks

15th March

GCSE Exams start

14th May