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Year 10

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.  Towards the end of the Year pupils will participate in a 2 week work experience placement.
Academic Tutoring
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 citizenship 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:
  • Careers
  • interview skills
  • first aid
  • global issues
  • sexual education
  • Work Experience
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, ICT and RE and 4 option choices.  The subjects that pupils can chose range from, History, Geography, Full Course RE, Full Course ICT, Business Studies, Media Studies, Food Technology, Product Design, Graphics, Art, Textiles, Sports Science, Dance, Drama, BTEC Drama, Hospitality and Tourism, Health and Social care, Sociology, music, Statistics, French and German.  Pupils will complete GCSE coursework during the 2 year course and will take modular exams in certain subjects.
Assessment and Reporting
The pupils sit an initial MidYis assessment on entering the school in Year 7. MidYis will predict the target National Curriculum grade for the end of Key Stage 3, for each academic subject.
At the start of Year 10 Pupils will sit a Yellis assessment that will provide a chances graph showing the potential to achieve certain GCSE grades.
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 on the review days in November and July.
The pupils in Year 10 will receive their reports February and will have a Parents’ Consultation Evening in the Autumn term. At this evening parents and pupils are able to discuss the pupil’s progress 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 and Work Experience is completed towards the end of Year 10.   
External Website Support
It's Your Choice - Advice from Connexions Direct on the options available to students post - 16.
Parent & Carer support for 14-19 year olds.  This guide provides information for parents and carers to enable them to support their teenagers through the career and learning choices they face from year 9 onwards.