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St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School
1 Langley Rd
Phone 01753 527 020
Fax 01753 576 919
DFES Number 871/4700
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Year 11 presents challenges and opportunities to students, teachers and parents. During the course of the year students take formal modules for some subjects, submit coursework in a number of options, and face final assessments in all.
Work Experience generally takes place in the third week of term. A great deal of preparatory work is done during Year 10 when students apply for their placements, and sometimes are interviewed. Students do not necessarily have positions in their future careers; the object is for them to face the challenges of a work environment.
Effort and Attainment grades are issued prior to an important parents’ evening. Staff are able to offer guidance about the conduct of mock examinations, and give some idea of the student’s GCSE potential.
During the mock examinations, students are given a certain amount of examination leave, although in practice most will be in school for part of most of the days. They are responsible for their own study at home with parents’ permission. Alternatively, provision is made for them to study in school if you feel this is preferable. Their results give some reliable indications of what the students can achieve in the summer.
Many Year 11 students will, of course, be involved in Christmas preparations and end of year activities. Before the end of term, a results sheet is issued after the mock examinations.
A detailed report is issued during January and it is followed by a Sixth Form Information Evening open to St Bernard’s students and parents, and students from other schools. They are given impressions of life in the Sixth Form by the Head of Sixth Form and students, and detailed information about courses from Heads of Department. A very informative booklet is also issued, and students make their choices of A/S level subjects. Staff are also asked to indicate students’ suitability for their subjects.
These are often busy months for Year 11 students. Many subjects will require the completion of coursework and it is extremely difficult to avoid times of intense pressure. It is most important to keep in touch with form tutors and the Head of Year; often problems can be alleviated quite calmly. Time management is really critical; there is a great deal to do and crisis management is not the best way of dealing with the demands of study!
Students leave school just before the examinations begin. The period begins with a Mass for the intentions of Year 11 in which they prepare and celebrate. On their last day a whole school Leavers’ Assembly takes place, in which Heads of Year and tutors select prayers and readings to wish them well. Morning lessons conclude with a picnic for Year 11.
On the day of the last examination, Year 11 have a Riverboat Shuffle, run by French Bros. from Eton Bridge. It is always a really lovely occasion; many staff come to watch the students arriving in limousines and beautiful clothes. They all enjoy it thoroughly.