• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

3rd February 2023

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As we continue our countdown towards the final Trial Exams, last Friday we held a workshop style assembly. We asked students to feedback on the support initiatives that we have put in place in Year 11 such as Interact, PAR, Assemblies, Form Time, IT01 at break and lunchtime. I am impressed with the positive and constructive feedback received and, over the next couple of weeks, the Year 11 team will be working collectively to review the proposals and make some changes to the support we offer in line with student suggestions.

Wednesday morning we introduced the first of the student suggestions by holding a revision work shop during form time. Students were given tips on how to use their revision guides effectively. They were asked to bring in a revision guide, choose a method from the sheet and then put this into practice. In form time next week, Tutors will follow up on this and look at evidence from the students. I have attached a copy of the sheet provided in assembly for any students that were not able to attend but would like to learn more about effectively using their revision guides!

Those students whose grades show that they possess good independent learning skills, went to Study 6 and met with Mrs Moore, Head of Sixth Form, who talked them through the next steps in the application process, interview skills and preparing for next steps.

On Wednesday afternoon, we were delighted to hold our first Year 11 flash reward with pizza given to 25 students that achieved the 'Basics' in English and Maths. Achieving the Basics means that:

  • Achieved Level 4+ in English and Maths (Low band)
  • Achieved Level 5+ in English and Maths (Middle band)
  • Achieved Level 7+ in English and Maths (High band)

Students can find out their band on the top of their recent report on Edulink.

Macbeth Performance!

The English Department are very pleased to announce that they have arranged for a theatre group to visit school!

WHEN?

Wednesday 8th February, after lunch, during periods 4 and 5.

WHERE?

The North Hall.

WHY?

Because there is no better way to revise the plot of ‘Macbeth’ than watching a live performance. A production brings the text to life.

Half Term Revision Mastery

Plans for a half term revision Mastery Day are now being finalised and invitations will be sent out via Eventbrite next week. The purpose of the Mastery Day is to support students in mastering subject skills with the aim of improving their grades in the forthcoming Trial Exams. Students will be allowed to wear non-school uniform but must adhere to the sixth form uniform policy. Mobile phones will not be allowed in lessons but may be used during the lunch and break. Refreshments will be provided. If you receive an invitation, please make every effort to attend!

If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact your form tutor or myself.

Mrs K Glen

Year 11 Raising Standards Lead

 

27th January 2023

In our assembly on Friday, all students will receive their exam timetable and will be able to fine tune their revision plans in readiness for the final set of Trial Exams before we launch into the summer programme.


Last week I shared a link to a clip showing students (and their parents) how to make effective use of revision guides. This week I have included a 5 step guide to creating an effective revision plan further on in this newsletter. It is incredibly important that, if you have not already done so, you should now have a revision plan in place for the Trial 2 Exams. This will allow you to see what works best for you and make changes so that you know what you need in readiness for the summer GCSE exams. If anyone has any questions or would like help in creating a revision plan, please pop and see me at break or at lunchtime, I am happy to help.


I am pleased to say that the standard of homework has greatly improved and the vast majority of Year 11 students are ensuring that they complete all set work including Tassomai. There are a very small number of students that are still not completing their homework or have received a tell for "lack of effort" in lessons. This is unacceptable and, even more so at this stage in Year 11. Therefore these students will be required to attend IT01 at break and lunchtime for 5 days. This will allow them the opportunity to catch up on homework, complete coursework and prepare for the forthcoming trial exams.


Half Term Revision Mastery


Plans for a revision mastery day are well underway and it is hoped that invitations will be sent out next week. If you receive an invitation, please make every effort to attend as the purpose of these sessions is to support you in grade improvement!
We are also planning to launch the passport to Prom after the half term. Further details of this will be shared in future newsletters and also with students in assembly before the end of term.


I am also pleased to see the number of you that are purchasing revision guides to support your exam preparation. Once you have your set of revision guides, you now need to know how best to use them. To help you with this, here is a link that provides useful information on how to make the best use out of your revision guide.

If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact your form tutor or myself.
Mrs K Glen
Year 11 Raising Standards Lead

20th January 2023

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Firstly, congratulations to all those that are attending the interact sessions that started again last week. I am particularly pleased that numbers in the targeted sessions are improving; ideally I would like to see 100% attendance in these sessions! Please remember that teachers have requested your attendance because they know what you need to do to increase your grades and they want to support you! I have had some very positive feedback following interact sessions showing that students are realising that they do need support and want to improve their grades.

We are also in the process of organising some half term revision mastery sessions, watch this space for more information on this event! There will be a number of sessions running; attendance at each session will earn a stamp on your interact loyalty card and is a fantastic opportunity to earn your purple tie!

I am also pleased to see the number of you that are purchasing revision guides to support your exam preparation. Once you have your set of revision guides, you now need to know how best to use them. To help you with this, here is a

that provides useful information on how to make the best use out of your revision guide.

It is incredibly important that you all understand that the GCSE examinations are reverting back to pre-covid status this year. This means that:

  • Grades will NOT be inflated this year.
  • There will be NO reduction in the topics covered in each subject
  • Mitigating Circumstances will NO LONGER be applied

However, this year students will once again receive formula sheets in applicable subjects. As soon as the GCSE exam timetable is agreed, we will publish that information so that students can start planning their longer term revision timetables. In the shorter term, I am hoping that Trial 2 exam timetable will be available next week.

Save the Date! Year 11 prom will be taking place on Thursday 6th July! The JLT are working hard at organising this event and will be visiting the final 2 proposed venues before half term. We hope to release further details of the event over the next few weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact your form tutor or myself.

Mrs K Glen

Year 11 Raising Standards Lead

 

13th January 2023

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I hope that you all had a well deserved break over Christmas and have returned to school fully rested and ready to continue with preparations towards the Trial 2 exams that begin in just 6 weeks!

This term sees the launch of a number of targeted Interact Sessions. These are running in addition to the 'normal' sessions and have been introduced as a means of supporting those students that either just missed out on a higher grade or each session will focus on a topic where they did not achieve full marks. If you receive an invitation to attend an after school session, please make every effort to ensure that they do so. If you have not received an invitation to a session, please do continue to attend our Interact Sessions, they are still running.

With effect from Monday 16th January, we will be providing refreshments at our Interact Sessions. Remember to get your Interact loyalty card stamped as attendance at each session counts towards your Purples. We are also looking at putting on some revision sessions during half term, watch this space for more news on forthcoming events over the next few weeks!

A reminder that this Friday 13th January is the closing date for Abbey College Sixth Form applications. if you have not already done so, please ensure that you complete your application as soon as possible to allow your form tutors time to complete your reference. If there is a teacher that knows you well or has taught you in the subject supporting your next steps, you can ask them to complete the descriptive part of the reference for you. They can then e-mail this to myself and I will add to your reference. Unfortunately, Mrs Grainge will not be returning to school this half term. Therefore, I will be completing the references for her form group on her behalf. If you have any questions or concerns relating to mychoice 16, applications or references then please either speak to myself or Mrs Moore we are happy to help.

As we start the New Year, I would like to remind you all of the importance of completing homework. All work set is done for a reason, primarily to support your preparations for the GCSE summer exams but also to support and develop your independent learning skills. these skills will be valuable to you whether you intend to move on into Further Education or embark on an apprenticeship. Therefore, it is unacceptable for homework not to be completed unless there is mitigating circumstances that have been discussed with your teacher, myself or the Welfare Team. None completion of more than 1 set piece of homework or more than 1 consecutive task will result in an after school detention. You will still need to complete the outstanding work and IT01 is available break and lunch for you to do this. Alternately you may complete the work at home and hand in at your earliest opportunity.

It is the Year 11 Virtual parents Evening tonight. The teachers are happy to give feedback on recent trial exam results and provide advice and guidance on how these grades can be improved. If you have any additional questions or concerns that could not be resolved then please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact your form tutor or myself.

Mrs K Glen

Year 11 Raising Standards Lead

 

16th December 2022

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As we approach the end of term, there has been time to reflect on this Year 11 cohort. I have seen the way that students have 'Stepped Up', taking responsibility for their independent learning and making good use of the variety of support that they have on offer.

The majority of students understand the need for planning and organising their revision prior to exams and have robust revision plans in place. I have received a large number of messages from students showing their involvement and volunteering in the wider community and their desire to become prefects and support younger students in the school. I am looking forward to watching all the students grow and develop further their skills as we start their final few months prior to the GCSE exams.

On Tuesday, we had our final Spirit Flash Reward of the Year with students nominated by form and PAR tutors for having excellent manners. I was incredibly pleased and proud to see the number of Y11 students nominated for the reward and also the pleasure that the students got from being nominated ~ well done to you all!

Following the Year 11 Geography field trip, we received the following e-mail from a member of the public:

" I’ve just been in town this morning, and seen many of your Year 11s wandering about doing their Geography field trip. In fact, 4 of your boys sat at a table next to me in Café Nero, enjoying a much-needed hot drink. They continued with their field trip work over coffee. I spoke to the boys and said what a tribute they were to their school. They, and in fact, all the students in town, came across as respectful, hard working, polite young people. As a former Netherhall teacher (now primary!), I’m well aware of how such behaviour is not always a given and, as such, deserves noticing and praising! Young people can often get noticed for all the wrong reasons and so I wanted to take a moment to share this as a way of ‘changing that narrative’!"

I am not surprised to receive such a message of praise. As a school we strive to encourage and teach our students to be polite and respectful and we see lots of good behaviour in school. However, it is very much appreciated that it is recognised by members of the public, congratulations to all those students taking part in the field trip!

However, there are still too many students receiving detentions for lack of homework. There is no excuse for not completing Tassomai; students were allowed a break whilst their exams were on but as soon as exams finished the normal homework rules returned. I expect to see those numbers significantly reduce when we return to school in the New Year. Any students receiving more than 1 detention for poor standard of homework/no homework will be required to attend IT01 break and lunchtime for 5 days. This will allow the opportunity to catch up on missed work and formulate a routine of completing independent learning and homework moving forwards.

As the Results Release is not taking place until Friday 16th December, our Rewarding Success assembly will take place on the 6th January with the flash reward for attaining the basics according to band taking place the following week. I am very much looking forward to the assembly where we will take the opportunity to recognise our year 11 students success across the Aim for Purple Rewards Programme.

If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact your form tutor or myself.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a restful and relaxing Christmas break!

Mrs K Glen

Year 11 Raising Standards Lead

 

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