Year 12 Study Days & Information

Dear Parent/Guardian,

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. At the start of term we asked all students to nominate 60% of their study periods for private study and they should be adhering to this in order to establish a regular study pattern. I have enjoyed meeting and talking with them in student briefings and more informally during the college day.

As parents/guardians, 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 2018!

Please find enclosed information about examinations. This needs to be read carefully.

Interim assessments 31st October- 4th November

Year 12 will be given assessments in class during the first week back after half term. They should revise what their teachers advise and ensure they perform as well as possible as these will form the basis of their mentoring in the fortnight beginning 28th November.

College Study Days 17th and 18th November 2016

Both Years 12 and 13 will have two study days on the 17th and 18th of November when we have Taster Days for prospective Year 11 students. I will be impressing upon all students the need to use this time wisely to complete college work.

Skills Show NEC 17th – 19th November 2016

This annual convention, happily coinciding with our study days, is the Skills Show in Birmingham. We are encouraging all students to look at their options in the world of employment as well as university.  With this in mind, we have reserved 10 places, but students can book themselves a place online, Covering all main career areas, employers and apprentices are available to guide students and offer more information about application and selection processes.  Students can either book their own place or see Mrs Evans to use one of ours.

Year 12 Consultation Evening on December 6th 2016

Other important dates for this year are outlined below, including the Year 12 Consultation Evening on December 6th, when 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. Your son/daughter should make appointments with the staff who teach them.

Mentoring Day and Targeted students’ parents’ evening 12th January 2017

On this day, students will attend college as usual and complete private study, apart from an appointment with their tutor for mentoring.  This is intended to be an opportunity for students to discuss their current predicted grades and plans for the future.  Any students we are concerned about will be invited for a meeting with their parents/carers in the evening with the senior team to discuss strategies and intervention.

Part-time work

I have grown increasingly concerned about the number of students who are devoting excessive hours to part-time work. Often employers seem to expect students to complete extra shifts at the drop of a hat. This will inevitably have a negative impact on their performance in their studies and could I ask that you join me in urging students to put college work first? I have a letter that I am happy to send to employers explaining why, available on request.

Mock examination fortnight commencing 6th February 2017

These important exams will take place in Stanier Hall and results communicated to you in March.

Finally, we send a text to parents each time an important letter is coming home so please let us know if you are not receiving them and we will update our records.  There will always be a copy of letters on the college section of the website

If you are concerned about your son’s/daughter’s progress before December 6th or you are unable to attend the Consultation Evening, do not hesitate to get in touch so we can discuss your concerns.  We will also be in touch if we are concerned about attendance or progress.

 Important dates for your diary:

31st October-4th November Interim assessments in lessons.
17th and 18th November Study Days for Year 12 and 13
17th – 19th November The Skills Show NEC
25th November Christmas Fair Lowe Hill 6.30-9pm
6th December Year 12 Consultation evening 4.30 -7pm Stanier Hall
12th December Variety Concert Stanier Hall
14th December Senior Citizens’ Party
15th December Carol Concert St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Wem
16th December College Christmas Rewards briefing and Quizmas. Holiday starts
3rd January 2017 PD Day
12th January Study Day at college – mentoring. Targeted students’ parents’ evening.
20th – 24th  February Half Term
27th February onwards Mock exam fortnight – Stanier Hall
14th March Year 12/13 Biology trip to Chester Zoo

I hope this information is useful. Please do not hesitate to get in touch at any time of the college year on 01939 237000 or

Best wishes,

Julie Squire
KS5 Manager

The Thomas Adams School
Lowe Hill

01939 237000