Welcome to Year 11
Year 11 is the final year for all students as they embark and conclude the last phase of their KS4 journey through secondary school. Now they have reached this all important milestone of their academic journey, it is our hope that together with your support, Year 11 will build on strong foundations to equip them for lifelong learning. It is the expectation that by the end of the year, all students in year 11 will have mastered the necessary skills to become strong, resilient and independent learners – ready for the challenges of the next chapter of their lives.
All students in Year 11 are seen as young adults, capable of making the right informed decisions about their behaviour and learning. We believe that every student has a part to play in building a strong foundation. We believe that every student has the right to learn. We believe in creating a strong working partnership between home and the school in order for the student to thrive. We believe that every student has the potential to achieve the very best if they work with their teachers and listen to the advice given.
It is therefore important that students takes every opportunity to plan their learning time and develop productive study habits. That they also attend the necessary interventions that staff will run for them to do well. It is extremely important that students complete all work set by their subject teachers. Non-examination assessments (NEA’s) count towards their final GCSE grades and are non-negotiable if your child is to reach their full potential. Students must actively embrace the work given in their lessons in order to learn and achieve. It is expected that students dedicate time to their learning and to undertake research about their subject area to develop their understanding of the topic. The demands of yr11 can only be met if students work hard and thrive for academic excellence. Loxford School prides itself on its ability to provide all students with guidance and academic preparation in order to be successful and make well informed decisions.
The Achievement Team Leader, Ms Zaman, is responsible for learning and achievement of the year group. The Year Care Team, Ms Goddard is responsible for student welfare. All students are placed in tutor groups and together with their tutor, they will continue developing the foundations for them to excel in their education and to achieve their goal – excellent results.
The year 11 team insist on the highest standards of work and behaviour at all times. It is the expectation that all students are respectful of both staff and their peers. We believe that through establishing and stabilising strong foundations, students are given every opportunity to work together for the common good of all. Every student must follow the school Code of Conduct and must be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. Letters, certificates and prizes are given for outstanding work and sanctions are used when students do not meet our high standards. Students are encouraged to have a say in the life of the school through Student Council meetings.
Year 11 should expect to get homework every day. This must be written clearly in their homework diary; therefore it is essential that homework is recorded neatly and brought to school every day. It is expected that diaries will be checked by parents every week. We expect homework to be completed in a timely manner as per the instructions given by their subject teachers. Any student failing to adhere to school policy will be issued with the necessary sanction by the subject staff and/or the Achievement team Leader. Therefore, it is imperative that students check their diary on a daily basis.
We believe in healthy competition between tutor groups: each week points are given for attendance, punctuality, behaviour and achievement. Every term, an award is made to the ‘Tutor Group of the Term’ and, at the end of the year the ‘Tutor Group of the Year’ is announced. There are regular competitions, quizzes and contests which are held throughout the year that all tutor groups are expected to take part in. Learning how to work in a team and becoming an effective team player are essential life skills
As an award winning Reading School, we place the skills connected to reading at the heart of our values. Reading develops confidence, improves communication skills and encourages our readers to become inquisitive creative learners. We insist that all students have a reading book with them every day. As a school, it is part of our policy that we all read together for Whole School Reading every Thursday.
It is important that students are awarded for their excellences in achievement and behaviour. Your child will have the opportunity to carry out the role of being a student council leader. In addition to the PSHCE curriculum, students will have the opportunity to work on extended projects which will help them to develop their independent learning skills and develop their empathy skills.
As a year group, students will be encouraged to create a strong understanding of charity and foster strong community spirit. The school will support them in proving opportunities for students to showcase their understanding of the world around them. It will be the goal of every year 11 student to provide evidence that they have worked towards being a team player and how they have contributed to the idea of unity, leadership and responsibility be it through academic excellence or participation in extra-curricular activities.
Please do contact the school if there are any issues or concerns that you have.
I look forward to another successful year, as Year 11 equip and empower themselves with their learning, ready for GCSE Results Day Summer 2024.
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