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Wexham School

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We are proud of our hardworking, high achieving cohort and continue to work collaboratively with students and parents alike to improve both the academic progress and social skills of all our students. As the Year 11 team we are committed to providing each and every student in the year group with outstanding pastoral and academic support. The Year 11 group have worked very hard this year and are on track to achieve outstanding results and in recent surveys say they are happy at school and feel very supported

Students in Year 11 are expected to work to the best of their abilities both inside and outside the classroom. They are set homework each week which is recorded by the student in their planner and completed at home.  The students are given a homework timetable at the beginning of the academic year to assist them with this aspect of school life. Working outside the classroom has taken on an even greater importance in Year 11 as the students have taking their GCSEs and BTECs exams at the end of the year

One of the main focuses for Year11 this academic year has been preparation for their GCSE and BTEC exams.  There has been a wide range of pastoral and academic support put in place for all our students This has included mentoring for our Pupil Premium, Black African,  and High Ability mentoring  students to ensure they meet their challenging target. To support our parents there was in September a ‘Moving into Year 11’ information  meeting for  parents and students, which was very well attended, and enabled the parents to meet the Head of Subjects, the students mentors and tutors . 

In addition 30 of our most able students successfully   took part in the ‘Lawyers in School’ programme were they were mentored,  gained an understanding of how to move into the legal field Post 16 and aspirations were raised. There have also been a number of residential trips mostly recently for underachieving Science students who were able to receive extra coaching and exam practice with the support of the Science team.  In addition some   Pupil Premium students who were not on track to achieve their exam grades were able to also take part in a 3 residential trip which focused on re-motivating them and giving them the skills to be successful.  All are now on track to achieve high grades!

Furthermore there has been a drive to up boys’ literacy with the introduction of the Guys Reading Programme, motivational speeches and mentoring from the author Bali Rai and the Accelerated Reading Programme. The Year 11 Tutors have worked hard to support their students through this challenging year by mentoring the students using the data and targets set on Progress Review Days.  The tutors also ensured that the year group had the highest attendance at Subject evenings with over 80% of parents attending.  To further support of all Year 11 every department in the school has implemented before, after school, Easter and ½ term interventions sessions to help all of our students to achieve outstanding results. PIXL Pastoral surgeries

Also we have been preparing the students for Post 16 education as they chose to take A levels or a more vocational route such as Apprenticeships and BTECs. . The Year team have provided valuable information and advice to all the students in our care to ensure that they were well informed about the options available to them. To support this process further the students have had individual interviews with the Director of KS5, the Head and Deputy Head of 6th Form and pathway information evenings.  In addition the students have visited a wide range of local schools and Colleges and have attended an ‘Apprenticeship’ recruitment event in Maidenhead.  These opportunities alongside the assemblies and progress review meetings allowed our students to make well informed and suitable ‘subject pathway’ choices at this critical stage of their education.

The extra-curricular opportunities for Year11’s are excellent. The students have utilised the state of the art sports facilities and outstanding coaching to perform with real success in Football, Cricket and Rounders.  Student Voice is of crucial importance at Wexham School and Year 11 have participated fully at every level. The student elections were a significant success and we are proud of the contributions the Year 11 tutor and year representatives have made to the student council.

Also we have a record number of students sign up for the National Citizenship Programme  with over 40 Year 11 signing on.. National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.  This programme helps 16 – 17 year olds to build their skills for work and life, while they take on new challenges and meet new friends. They will attend a residential programme and take part in a team project that will help your community. NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication. Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community