Expectations of Year 10
Year 10 is the start of the GCSE course. The bulk of the information needed for the GCSE’s is covered in Year 10. Pupils will have chosen their options in Year 9 and will now specialise in certain subjects.
Pupils are placed in forms for academic tutoring. The forms comprise of approximately 30 pupils, and remain the same throughout key stages 3 and 4.
The pupils spend time as a group twice a week in form time. During this time pupils will be monitored, contact books will be signed and basic administration will be completed.
Pupils will attend two main school assemblies directed at Key Stage 4 and a year assembly once a week.
Pupils are taught Learning for Life as a form primarily by the form tutor, however visiting speakers, outside and in house performances also contribute to the deliverance of the subject. The topics covered during Year 10 include:
- interview skills
- first aid
- global issues
- sexual education
The academic tutoring of the pupils is carried out by the Year 10 tutors, Reserve Tutors, Head of Year and the Director of Studies for Year 10.
Year 10 is the first year of the two year GCSE course. Pupils continue to study the compulsory subjects of Maths, English, Science and RE and 4 option choices. The subjects that pupils can chose range from, History, Geography, Full Course RE, Computer Studies, Business Studies, Media Studies, Food Technology, Design and Technology, Art, Textiles, Sports Science, Dance, Drama, Health and Social care, Music, French and Spanish. Pupils may complete GCSE coursework in some subjects during the 2 year course and will take linear exams.
Assessment and Reporting
The pupils will receive effort grades, GCSE working levels and focus points three times a year in the autumn, spring and summer terms. The grades in the autumn and the summer terms will be used as the basis to discuss pupils’ progress, and set targets.
The pupils in Year 10 will receive regular reports (x4) and will have a Parents’ Consultation Evening. At this evening parents and pupils are able to discuss pupil’s effort and attainment and ask questions about progress being made towards their GCSE targets.
Features of the Year
Key events take place during the course of the year depending on which subjects have been studied. There is the opportunity for field trips and practical evenings. Modular exams and coursework are completed throughout the year.