This section is designed to provide parents with up-to-date information about all aspects of school life.
We endeavour to communicate regularly and effectively with families so please visit the Parent Bulletin page for the most recent information for parents.
In the pupil section of the website you will be able to find the knowledge organisers your child can use to aid their studies in preparation for their assessments. The knowledge organisers have been organised into year groups and assessment points. Your child will have access to these knowledge organisers as part of their learning in the classroom but will also be expected to access these at home and use them as part of their revision. Research suggests that equipping students with the skills to be able to learn, retain and recall knowledge is key to the examination success. The newly reformed GCSEs and BTECs are more rigorous and increasingly challenging. The focus of these exams is the retrieval and application of knowledge to a range of different contexts. This puts increasing pressure on our students to know and retain even more information for longer. Typically, when students leave their revision until a few weeks or even days/hours before the examinations and tests, this presents a problem. Our short term memory has limited capacity and students find themselves unable to retain the information so they become stressed and often give up, convincing themselves they are no good at revising or that they “can’t do that subject”. The secret to success is to regularly revisit the knowledge to be learned (known as ‘spaced retrieval’). This helps transfer the knowledge from the short-term memory to the long term memory. This not only helps to make ‘learning stick’ but it also frees up our short-term memory for day to day learning and experiences. To this end, we are introducing Knowledge Organisers as part of our homework strategy.
Supporting your child with knowledge organisers
Here are some strategies that might help you to support your child’s learning;
- Read through the organiser with your son/daughter – if you do not understand the content then ask them to explain it to you – ‘teaching’ you helps them to reinforce their learning.
- Your child could try converting the information into a mind map or make their own version using clip art imagery if the organiser contains a lot of text. Display on the wall or the fridge door until the memory ‘sticks’.
- Test them regularly on the spellings of key words until they are perfect. Make a note of the ones they get wrong.
- Get them to make a glossary (list) of key words with definitions or a list of formulae.
- Try recording the knowledge from the organiser as a sound file on their phones, so that your child can listen to it. Some students retain more information this way.
- Read sections out to them, missing out key words or phrases that they have to fill in.
- Test them about their knowledge.
To access the knowledge organisers for your child please click here
May 22nd 2020
Update from the Principal: Click here
Year 10 & Year 12 Parents
We are planning for some teaching of our core academic GCSE subjects and most Y12 courses in school the week commencing 15 June, to enable us to plan and assess staffing for this, please complete the very brief survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6QDKM2W
All Year Groups
In order to improve our service to you across all years, we would like to know what technology you are using at home to access our online learning (if any). It would be really useful if you could all complete our survey by using the following link:
In response to staff and student survey results we have decided as an Academy to make some changes based on your feedback to help support your child’s learning at home. The changes will take effect from Monday 11th May. Students will follow a timetable where they will spend 3-4 hours a day completing work on the subjects listed on that day. Teachers will all upload the work the night before to ensure you can start first thing in the morning, if you want too. This will help students plan for their day, and will help you know what work they should be completing. Timetables are listed on the attachment below. Any questions please contact your child’s Head of Year.
Year 11 - A PARENT GUIDE
Here you can access a useful guide about helping to prepare a young person for the future - Click Here to access the guide
Our New BeReady Platform
We are excited to let you know that we have just started using BeReady, a fantastic new platform designed to make sure all students are given the opportunity to fulfil their true potential. Click here to find out more.
Covid-19 school support resources Summary for Parents
In response to the unprecedented closure of schools to most pupils, the EEF has produced a set of resources for parents to support effective home learning. These are all based on the evidence-based recommendations in the EEF’s guidance reports. These resources outline straightforward ways in which you can identify learning opportunities in everyday routines and build them into your home life. There is also guidance for supporting your child’s behavioural, emotional and social needs at this time. You can access these resources by clicking below.