19th May 2016

Letter to Year 11 Parents / Carers

With GCSE exams just getting into full swing and only a few more compulsory days left at school, please find below some important information and reminders about the end of this school year:

Attendance

Your child will remain in school full time until Wednesday 8th June 2016. After the second maths exam on Thursday 9th June there will be our traditional Year 11 leavers’ assembly and then students will be free to go onto study leave from lunchtime. After 9th June students only need to come into school for pre-arranged revision sessions or exams. Over the next few weeks there are a number of pre-exam booster and revision sessions for your son/daughter to attend, details of these can be found here.

Exam sessions start at 9.00am and 1.15pm

Please ensure your child is clear about timings and venues for each exam. This information is clearly displayed on the exams noticeboard next to the dining hall and also on their individual timetable. Students should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of an exam session. If you know your child is going to be late, please contact school immediately to let us know. Please speak to Mrs Middleton, Exams Officer, if you have any queries.

Dress code

A reminder that your child must wear FULL school uniform for attendance to all examinations – including appropriate footwear. Failure to do so may mean your child is removed from an examination. Students must also have nothing in their pockets and will be reminded of this at the start of exams (particularly relevant for the deep blazer pockets). Students found with revision materials or phones accidentally left in their pockets could also face removal.

Equipment

Please ensure your child arrives with all the necessary equipment for his/her exams:

  • Black pens
    Pencils
    Rubber
    Calculator
    Ruler (protractor/compass for Maths)
    Coloured pencils or highlighters
    Transparent pencil case
    Water must be in an unlabelled/clear bottle

Mobile phones or any other electronic equipment e.g. smart watches are not allowed in the exam room under any circumstances. There have been various incidences across the country where examination papers have been cancelled due to breaching of this rule.

Signing off day / book and uniform return: Tuesday 28th June 2016

Signing off day for all students will be on Tuesday 28th June in the Hub, between 9.15am – 10.45am. Students should bring the signing off sheet which can be downloaded here, as well as any text books or revision materials that they are required to return to their teachers.

When the school purchased new uniform items for Year 11 students, it was always envisaged that they would hand back in their school blazers, clip-on ties and any unwanted PE kit. These items will be invaluable as spares and where uniform is still in good condition we will use this to support students lower down the school. Therefore, please can you ensure your son / daughter returns the above items during signing off day.

GCSE Results Day: Thursday 25th August 2016

Results will be available to collect from 8.30am until 12.00pm in the Hub. If you are away you can either provide Mrs Middleton with £1.00 for franking an A4 envelope or nominate another person to collect your results on your behalf; you must notify Mrs Middleton in writing before the end of the year as to whom you have nominated.

A short progression questionnaire must also be completed by students as they collect their results. We are required to report student destinations to the Local Authority and this information will allow us to do this.

Examination Certificates
These arrive in school in November. A letter to remind students to come into school to collect these will be posted home nearer the time.

Post 16 Enrolment Day: Friday 26th August 2016

Entry into Year 12: Please come into school on this date to see if you have secured your place in Year 12 or if you require further guidance on your Post 16 options. Information will be available in results envelopes and Ms Bell, Post 16 Year Manager, will be sending out a separate letter regarding Post 16 enrolment procedures in due course. Students will be allocated a slot between 10.00am and 1.00pm to come in to meet with a member of staff in the Hub to confirm their Year 12 programme of study.

Careers advice / College / Apprenticeships: Advice on courses provided by other educational establishments outside Ashington High School will be available from an independent Local Authority careers advisor on this day also. These appointments will operate on a drop-in basis and will run from 10.00am until 1.00pm in the Hub.

Prom

I’d like to remind you about the Year 11 prom at Linden Hall on the 23rd June 2016. Separate Prom letters have gone out from Mr Holliday, please get in touch with him if you have any questions or queries.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this year; I could not be prouder than to have this group of Year 11 students as my first GCSE cohort as Principal! I know how hard students and their families have worked and I congratulate you all in advance of the Summer for your efforts. I would also like to publicly acknowledge Mr Holliday’s tireless efforts as Year Manager, and thank teaching staff for their commitment.

I look forward with anticipation to some wonderful exam results and students moving on happily to the next stage in their education, training or employment, with hopefully many joining us for Post 16 studies here at school.

Should you have any further queries regarding support for your son/daughter, or any of the above arrangements, please do not hesitate to get in touch.