Welcome to Year 10

“We will show Respect and Courtesy to others and ourselves.”

Welcome to Year 10 and to the start of an important journey through Key Stage 4 at Abbs Cross Academy.

Students’ options have now been selected and it’s time to focus and start working towards the new GCSE and BTEC qualifications they will be studying. This year students should aim towards exceeding their target grades to give them the best possible starting point for Year 11. This can be achieved with the right attitude to learning,

The achievement and progress of Year 10 will be continually monitored and evaluated by Mrs Moore, the Achievement Team Leader (ATL). Mrs Young represents the Year Care Team (YCT) for Year 10 and will assist with the progression of our students by focussing on their wellbeing, addressing any inadequate behaviour and lateness. Our dedicated team of tutors will also play an integral part of ensuring our students achieve. Tutors are the first port of call for any issues and will see their tutees first thing in the morning as well as the end of the day allowing them to pick up on challenges our students may be facing.

This year is the start of our students following their own individual learning pathways. It’s important to remember that most of the courses our students will be studying have a linear structure, meaning they will not be assessed until the end of Year 11 in May/June 2018. With this in mind it is crucial that students are focused and organised from the start. To assist with this, this year we will be placing a greater emphasis on students taking responsibility for their own learning and supporting them every step of the way to becoming independent learners.

Our rewards system ensures that all students displaying outstanding work and effort are recognised, receiving certificates in assembly, positive phone calls and letters home as well as earning places on extracurricular trips. It is essential that students are ‘in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing’ and any students failing to meet this will be sanctioned appropriately and we ask for full parental support when dealing with such behaviour. There are no excuses for any students disturbing learning for others and there will be no tolerance for this behaviour.

Organisation is key this year and students are expected to be prepared with all their equipment every day and make full and efficient use of their student planners.  The planners will allow students to record and track homework, as well as monitor their own attendance and punctuality. The planner is also a tool for communication between the school and home. Parents, carers and tutors are required to sign the planner weekly, monitor the homework that is being recorded and check that the planner is being used to its full potential.  Parental input is essential for student’s success and a positive relationship between home and school is vital for our students to succeed.

Excellent attendance is essential for students to fulfil their full potential. Students are expected to be in school every day as every lesson is an integral part of their KS4 courses. Missing one day results in students missing at least five hours of learning time, this can have a knock on effect on future learning. Students that have 100% achievement are rewarded regularly throughout their year.

The school will facilitate extended opportunities to assist students in their effort to be their best. Our inclusion programmes for English as an Additional Language (EAL) students and Special Educational Needs students support these students in fulfilling their potential and exceeding their targets.

Year 10 will be both exciting and demanding for our students as they embark on their two year GCSE courses. The year ahead will challenge and stretch them and staff expectations will be higher than ever. I look forward to helping students meet these challenges head on and have every confidence that, with help and support from our dedicated team, our students will succeed.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Mrs N Moore
Achievement Team Leader