Parent Update from Miss Scott
Welcome Back – from the Principal
Term 5 – Tuesday 23 April
Learning Cycle 3 – Assessment Week
Welcome back to Term 5.
I hope that you enjoyed a couple of weeks off with your children and families. Some of them – many of the Year 11s in fact – spent their holiday with us here at ‘GCSE Revision School’. We were overwhelmed by the number of Year 11s wanting to get ahead with their revision for the impending GCSEs. Staff, as always, gave willingly of their time to support our WCSA students with revision and final prep. Exam season is upon us; the first big exam is Monday 13 May – English. However, French and Spanish speaking exams have already taken place, as have some of the IT and Art exams. We have every confidence in our lovely Year 11s – they really are a hard-working bunch. Pictured below is the great Mr. Pickles (Assistant Principal), running the English sessions.
Personally, I loved coming to Easter School, but I also managed a few days away in the Forest of Dean; it really is so close to us, I thoroughly recommend a few days there, or even a day trip. I went with my son and we biked, walked and kayaked. We were certainly blessed with glorious weather!
It wasn’t just Easter school that kept our students busy this Easter. Mr. Thompson led the D of E bronze. This involved students going away for a two day hike, complete with map reading and camping. Miss Tipper and Mr. Davis led the Iceland trip. This is an annual, educational trip which gives students the chance to see Geography first hand.
Term 5 is a short term with a bank holiday! However, there is a lot to get done. We start back in assessment week – you will remember that we have four learning cycles, each of nine weeks in length. Week 8 of each cycle is assessment week. This is a busy time for students as they have an assessment to complete in each subject. However, as GCSEs are more demanding, we are keen to prepare students well. Many of our Year 11 students will be sitting in excess of 20 individual examinations, maybe two in day. Through our use of regular assessment weeks, we know that students will reach GCSE season with the resilience needed to survive and come out with good grades.
We are running our termly Parents’ / Carers’ Forum this Thursday, 25 April. We have a team of dedicated parents who make up this forum and give their views and opinions on a number of issues. We would like to get more parents to participate in our forum – this gives you the chance to shape the way we do things here at WCSA. If you can give up an hour on Thursday at 4.20 pm, please do let my PA know (firstname.lastname@example.org). We can send you a copy of our agenda and you have the option to bring any other items to our attention. Do not feel that coming once commits you for ever more. One off attendance is just as valuable as the parents /carers who come on a regular basis.