Year 11 Parent Bulletin – 22 January 2016

YEAR 11 PARENT BULLETIN – 22 JANUARY 2016

School Uniform
The majority of our Year 11s are complying with our uniform requirements however a small portion have slipped back wearing incorrect: footwear, garments, jewellery/piercing, nail vanish, extremely long false nails, hair colour and make up.

Year 11s are seen as role models to our lower year groups and they are instrumental in helping us maintain a good standard. Your continued encouragement and support in this matter is very much appreciated.

Parents Evening
Please remember to book your appointments online via Insight. If you have forgotten your username and password please email sstephenson@ccs.northants.sch.uk

11PGI, 11SHY, 11TP and 11STT Parents Evening is on Thursday 28 January and 11JCR, 11LHD, 11JHN, 11RST is on Thursday 4 February

Year 11 Prom
We have reserved the 7th July at Highgate House at Creaton as the Venue for our Year 11 Prom.

Sixth Form Application
We strongly recommend applicants to read the course description and most importantly the entry criteria for their chosen subjects. Applicants will need to achieve the entry criteria to be able to study the subject. Often students fail to take notice of this information and are then disappointed on results day when they are told they are unable to study one or more of their options.

If applicants have questions or is seeking guidance, the Sixth Form Team are available at lunchtime in the sixth form office (located next to E9 in the Sixth Form Study Centre) every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Application need to be submitted by midnight on Sunday 14 February

Sixth Form Induction
Those students who are given a conditional offer will need to attend CCS Sixth Form Induction on the 23rd and 24th June 2016

College Enrolment
Some students have indicated they intend to apply to college but still have not done so. To avoid being waitlisted for a preferred course we recommend students to apply on line as soon as possible.

Future Plans Guidance
If students are still uncertain of what they want to do after year 11, they can have a future plans guidance meeting with Sheila Morgan from Horizons. Appointments are scheduled by Mrs Nurse. Her office is on the upper floor D block next to the Science staff base.

Apprenticeship
A new online portal which can be accessed via www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/summary/resources is hosting a range of useful resources with easy-to-use content for parents to use and help understand apprenticeships more fully.

We strongly recommend for students to enrol to college for a full time course as a back up plan.

GCSE Entry Apprenticeship Opportunities
The following companies are seeking apprenticeships suitable for Year 11s:

Western Power Distribution is recruiting in Northants, Kettering and Milton Keynes
Their Craft Apprenticeship Scheme entry requirement is 5 GCSE grade C or above 3 of which are in English Language, Maths and Science.

http://www.westernpower.co.uk/Careers/Apprenticeships.aspx

Wates Group (Construction Services Company) http://www.wates.co.uk/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships

Production
You need is a passion to develop your career in Construction and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s (A-C) with a minimum of B in Maths and English.

Electrical Level 3

You need is a genuine passion for the built environment and for developing your career as an electrician as well as 5 GCSE’s with a minimum of C in English, Maths and Science.

Quantity Surveying

You need is a passion to develop your career as a quantity surveyor and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s (A-C) with a minimum of B in Maths and English.

Building Services
You need is a passion to develop your career in the built environment and a minimum of 8 GCSE’s (A-C) with a minimum of B in Maths and English.

Mechanical Level 3
All apprentices will start with the Installer grade and those deemed capable will by company approval continue with the welding skills to achieve craftsman

You need is a genuine passion for the built environment and for developing your career as an electrician as well as 5 GCSE’s with a minimum of C in English, Maths and Science.

GCSE Subject News:

Maths
Maths revision sessions have been scheduled every Tuesday afterschool for the whole year group. It will begin on Tuesday 26 January.

Science

Chemistry revision every Monday in D18 and every Thursday for triple scientists and Physics in D10. Computing and ICT Coursework Catch Up Session

Disappointedly, a lot of students are still not attending coursework catch up sessions. We would appreciate you encouraging your son/daughter to attend every Thursday afterschool in E12 / E13.

Both Pearson Revise Edexcel GCSE – Revision workbook (ISBN 978-1-4469-0389-6) and Revision Guide (ISBN 978-1-4469-0387-2) are recommended for GCSE ICT students.

There are a limited number for sale at £5.00 for both. (They are £3.99 each on Amazon) – see Mrs Sawbridge – first come first serve. If demand is high she can order more at this price, prepayment required please. Mrs Sawbridge will need to know before half term.

Recommended revision book for GCSE Computing – my revision notes OCR Computing for GCSE Computer Systems and Programming ISBN978-1-4441-9384-8 available from Amazon at £7.99 plus pp or from Waterstones at £8.99.

Food Technology
All students are making in their practical’s next week:

Wednesday 27th January lesson 1 and 2.

Thursday 28th January lesson 1 and 2.

Ingredients must be brought. For most students this is their final assessed practical for their Controlled Assessment. The final deadline for this piece of work is Friday 12th February.

Travel and Tourism – Complete Controlled Assessment
Students are required to complete their controlled assessment with support on Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime in D7 at 1300 pm.

Spanish and French
Final Controlled Assessments (Speaking and Writing) for some Year 11 Spanish and French students are taking place just after half-term. Student teachers’ will tell them the exact dates. Students should be spending several hours over the next few weeks, learning their preparation material. If family members are willing to support by reading out the practise questions that would be fantastic.

Those who do not need to do the assessments, should be spending at least an hour each week learning the key topic vocabulary. They can test themselves by downloading the Quizlet app.