Welcome to Year 10
Year 10 is an exciting year for students at Loxford School. It is the year that students embark on their journey to becoming successful GCSE students.
Over the last academic year, students at Loxford School have been provided with the guidance and support from their Achievement Team Leader, Curriculum Team Leaders and other teaching staff to help them make well informed decisions about the subjects they have chosen to study over the next 2 years. Now is the time for students to dive deeper into their chosen courses and explore their passions further so they can follow their dreams and aspirations for the future.
The transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 is a challenging but rewarding one. Our aim for the students is to develop their independence and instil good study habits from the start of their GCSE journey. Year 10 is a real opportunity for our students to embed the skills and characteristics that they have been developing over the last three years into their studies and demonstrate the maturity that is necessary to succeed at GCSE level. Students are encouraged to achieve their full potential and will be supported every step of the way by the Year 10 curriculum and pastoral teams. We want students to have high aspirations and push themselves. We expect students to continue to demonstrate a commendable work ethic and high standards of behaviour for learning, which will help them and their peers on their pathway to achieving the best possible results in their GCSEs.
Here at Loxford the focus will be on preparing your children for their GCSE exams that will take place in the summer term of 2023. Year 10 is a pivotal point in the students’ academic journey and establishing good routines, behaviours and study habits now will be beneficial in the long term. Students will follow a linear assessment, which will mean that everything that they do in lesson during Year 10 and Year 11 will be tested in their final exams. Consistently adhering to good routines and study habits over the next 2 years will aid the student in fulfilling their potential.
In order to make sure all students fulfil their potential we have the following high expectations of the students:
- Students will come to school on time every day to join in tutor activities and lessons; outstanding punctuality and attendance are linked to outstanding achievement.
- Students will follow our behaviour guidelines and participate fully in their education.
- Students will come to school with the correct equipment for the day.
- Students will be properly dressed according to the uniform policy, unless there are exceptional circumstances, in which case please contact the school.
We believe that a positive relationship between school, student and home is integral to the success of all students, therefore it is essential that parents and carers contact the school and speak to the Achievement Team Leader and/or the Year Care Team regarding any concerns. In addition, you may receive courtesy calls from us in order to inform you of your child’s progress and achievement. Communication is a vital part of building a strong relationship between you, your child and the Year 10 team. There are always various opportunities throughout the year for parents to come and see us; please take advantage of getting to know your child’s in-school support network.
Students will be set homework on a weekly basis across all their subjects; this should be completed without exception. As parents and carers, it is important to provide children with a quiet and safe environment in which this can be done. Please do also keep an eye on their homework diaries and sign these off weekly once the homework has been completed. In school, students can take advantage of the school library where there are a wealth of resources to enhance their learning and depth of knowledge.
As an award-winning Reading School, we insist that all students have a reading book with them every day. We read together regularly in afternoon registration and during English lessons, especially on Thursday when Loxford School takes part in Whole School Reading. Improving reading skills is a fundamental part of our curriculum and allows students, not only, to improve and expand their vocabulary to aid their academic writing but also to gain a deeper insight of the wider world.
Year 10 offers a wealth of opportunities to develop not only academically but as individuals in the school community and beyond. Our extracurricular programmes will allow students to be involved in activities that will improve their skills and apply their learned achievements. Students are invited to take advantage of the extracurricular opportunities available such as, sports, arts, sciences, drama and musical clubs. As students grow older, it is important that they develop their own sense of moral purpose and integrate into the local community fully and appropriately.
I look forward to continuing working in partnership with you to ensure the achievement of your children.
Achievement Team Leaders