Welcome to Year 12
It was lovely to meet so many of you at our Year 12 Information Evening on 13th September. Many of you have been in touch to say that you found the evening to be helpful in planning the year ahead with your son/daughter.
I am pleased to report that Year 12 students have settled into their studies very well; the atmosphere around college is a very studious one. Students are focused on their academic studies and, in their independent study periods, they are already revising and consolidating lessons. I have enjoyed catching up and talking with the students during these sessions and it has been pleasing to witness the independent learning taking place.
To aid our students’ learning, I would ask for your support in ensuring your son/daughter is well organised. Handouts and notes taken in lessons will need to be carefully filed and constant consolidation should be taking place throughout the two year A level course. As I tell them regularly in briefings, the material learned on the first day of term will be tested in the summer of 2021! To this end, students should be working on college work at home. If they say they have no work, please do get in touch and we can find them more!
Our Year 12 will soon be mentored by their Form Tutors, discussing study patterns and their plans for the future. We pride ourselves on our IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) for life after A Level study and students will undoubtedly benefit from their tutor’s expertise and experience.
As you will no doubt agree, attendance at college is essential. I would ask you not to book holidays in term time, and to note that should a student’s (unauthorised) attendance level drop to below 90%, they will be responsible for the costs of exam entries. Days off for authorised reasons, such as medical appointments, interviews and illnesses will, obviously, not affect the attendance level.
Part-time work will inevitably have a negative impact on students’ performance in their studies – could I ask that you join me in urging students to put college work first? I have grown increasingly concerned about a few students who are, already, devoting excessive hours to part-time work. Whilst it is thrilling to be earning extra money, I must stress that academic study should not be compromised.
Parents and students have access to a web-based software package called Go4Schools, which we use to record attendance and attainment, as well as to produce reports. Parents of students who were at Thomas Adams in Year 11 will soon be able to access the website once again, from week commencing 17th September. Parents of new students will receive a separate letter very soon, with instructions on signing up. In addition, students themselves will also be able to access the website soon, which should help them to keep a close eye on their progress and attendance data.
Here are some of the key dates for your calendars for this academic year…
17th September – Transition tests
Year 12 will be tested on the transition work completed over the summer. These early class tests will allow us to ensure that students are studying subjects which best suit their abilities.
2nd October 2018 – Deadline for course changes
The deadline for switching A Level subjects is 2nd October.
16th November 2018 – College Study Day
Both Years 12 and 13 will have a Study Day on Friday 16th November when we have a Taster Day for prospective Year 12 students. I will be impressing upon all students the need to use this time wisely to complete college work.
16th November 2018 – World Skills UK
This annual convention, happily coinciding with our Study Day, is the Skills Show at Birmingham NEC. We are encouraging all students to look at their options in the world of employment, as well as university. Covering all main career areas, employers and apprentices are available to guide students and offer more information about application and selection processes. Students should see Liam Allen to secure a ticket.
3rd December 2018 – Interim tests
Year 12 will have formal tests before Christmas, focusing on subject content taught so far this term. Students who underperform in these tests will be monitored and we will intervene where appropriate, contacting you as we need to.
12th December 2018 – Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party
This annual event sees students and local senior citizens get together for a party, organised entirely by our College Committee. We would be grateful of any raffle prizes or food donations to help make this party, for over one hundred guests, go with a bang! Please contact Donna Partridge (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help in any way.
21st December 2018 – End of term
We finish the term with a celebration briefing, where we congratulate students on their successes. We also enjoy our legendary ‘Quizmas’, a general knowledge quiz for students and staff, before the Christmas holidays begin. Term starts on Monday 7th January 2019.
22nd January 2019 – Year 12 Consultation Evening – 4.30-7.30pm
At the Year 12 Consultation Evening on 22nd January, you will have the opportunity to meet teaching staff to discuss progress and strategies for success. We will send a letter home nearer the time with arrangements for the evening.
29th April 2019 – Year 12 Exam Week
15th July 2019 – Work Experience Week
This week is essential in not only preparing Year 12 for the world of work, but also in assisting in making important decisions regarding future careers. Students must secure their own work experience placements and we would encourage them to do so sooner rather than later. We do have a directory of companies who are willing to accept young people, so please do ask for help should you be encountering difficulties.
Thank you for your support and please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any concerns, on 01939 237000 or email email@example.com
Key Stage 5 Manager