Welcome to Year 10
Welcome to Year 10. This year the focus is for your children to settle into the subject choices they made in year 9 and start working towards achieving their GCSE and/or BTEC qualifications. In order to achieve outstanding grades, students need to embed mature attitudes and commitment towards their new courses. Students will follow a linear assessment schedule which means their GCSE exams will take place in July of 2021. English and Mathematics will continue to be a key feature across all your children’s GCSE subjects. Year 10 is an exciting time in your children’s academic journey; a time for them to develop their learning from key stage three and progress towards their aspirations and future successes.
Loxford aims to support all students’ learning and to ensure that they all reach their full potential. The Year 10 team will play a key role in supporting your children. The Achievement Team Leader, Miss Meek, is responsible for learning and achievement of the year group and the Year Care Team, Mrs Kaur, is responsible for student behaviour and welfare. Form tutors will monitor how students use their planners and advise them on areas concerning personal organisation and academic progress. We are supported in our work by the SEN and EAL departments as well as all the subject teachers and staff within the school.
Parental input is extremely important for student success as they may find the courses both challenging and daunting. A positive relationship between school and home is integral to the success of all students. It is important that parents and carers contact the school to raise any concerns they may have.
At Loxford, we expect students to work hard, but also to widen their experiences in order to prepare them for their future education and life beyond Loxford. Year 10 students will continue to be given leadership opportunities where they can work with students from other year groups and contribute to the wider school community. Our extracurricular programme allows students to be involved in activities outside of their academic subjects such as sports, arts, sciences, drama and musical clubs. Students’ will also be given the opportunity to attend useful revision classes leading up to their GCSE examinations.
Students’ work is acknowledged and those who display outstanding work and effort are rewarded with certificates, positive letters home and curriculum linked visits. All students must follow the school Code of Conduct and be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing to ensure that they maximise their opportunities to succeed. Sanctions are used if students do not meet our high standards and parents are asked to support us in the application of these sanctions.
Your child should expect to be set homework on a weekly basis; 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. Every Wednesday, students are invited to partake in our year group homework club which enables students to get support from both teachers and fellow students.
At Loxford we aim to create an environment which supports all our students and continue to push our students to make outstanding progress. Year 10 is a challenging and demanding year and we urge our students to aim high and achieve their full potential. Mrs Kaur and I look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure the achievement and celebration of your children during Year 10.
Achievement Team Leaders