“Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard”
At Kingswood Academy, this quotation underpins our values in Year 11; we believe intensely that with hard work our students can achieve anything. Being a Year 11 student can sometimes feel challenging, but being in Year 11 is also one of the most special and rewarding times - this page provides a platform of information and support for you to turn to throughout the year.
As your year leader, I am responsible for ensuring I support you to achieve your best this year. To do this, I ensure that I; support your Academic Mentors and Subject teachers, monitor your attendance alongside your Academic Mentor, ensure you are on time to lesson, check your uniform regularly, speak to you all in assembly to deliver important messages and support you with any pastoral concerns or issues you may have. I will be monitoring progress and engagement in lessons, including Period 7 and Period 8. I will be tracking attendance and behaviour to ensure that neither impede on your academic attainment.
Our Academic Mentors are another point of contact for you – both pastorally and academically.
In Year 11, your academic mentor sessions are spent revising key skills for Maths, English, Science and Geography. Your academic mentor may change throughout the year but you will notified about this.
The school day finishes at 4pm from September to January therefore including a Period 7. Your timetable will explain which lesson you need to attend, with who and when. Should you lose your timetable at any point, then please see your academic mentor who will be able to print you a copy.
From January the school day will finish at 5pm therefore including Period 8. Again, your timetable will explain which lesson you need to attend, with who and when.
Period 7s and 8s are mandatory and a normal part of the school day for Year 11 students run by specialist staff. These have been routine for the past three years, giving students the time to delve deeper into their GCSE curriculum and, nearer to their exams, revise key skills and content.
There are 3 Parents’ Evenings in Year 11 as we want to ensure that parents, carers and students are given the time to speak with class teachers in regards to PPEs, progress in lessons and revision. In Year 11 we also provide a wide range of revision materials for our students including key equipment and revision guides – these will be issued to all students as part of the Parents’ Evenings.
Revision residential trips
Revision residential trips are one of our greatest features of Year 11 – year on year students comment on how effective they were in preparation for examinations but also how fun they were through the additional activities that we provide and fund for our students. Further details will be released closer to the exams.
The prom will take place in July. Year on year, this special occasion is one that staff and students look forward to in celebrating your time at Kingswood Academy and the end of your examinations. More information will be shared nearer the time on the specifics.
As you know, Year 11 is a time where revision and independent learning at home becomes essential. The internet is a really powerful and useful tool for your studies. Below we’ve put together a list of recommended websites from each subject as a starting point for how you might use the internet to drive your studies.
In addition to this, all class teachers are available for you to speak with in person or email for additional support in your studies. Our staff have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share and so we actively encourage our students to seek out the support from their individual teachers in key areas.
October/ November 2021
College Talks will take place – students should visit as MANY as possible to inform their decisions
Must have completed the second half which is focused on applying for courses
College interviews will begin to take place
Must have completed the first half of the College Application form on Log On Move On