Year 11 is a crucially important year for your child to ensure that they can get the best GCSE results that they are capable of and have as many options as possible for Sixth Form and beyond.
Your support is vital for your child’s success – here is some important information to ensure that your child is successful in Year 11.
The Year 11 team
Key dates and the structure of Year 11
Autumn 1 assessments: 12th-22nd October 2020
December mock exams: 25th November-4th December 2020
In January, the Government announced that your child will receive teacher-assessed grades to estimate what they would have got if they had taken the exams.
We are currently intending for Year 11 students to sit another set of mock exams when they return to school. We will let you know further updates on these mock exams as soon as possible.
What can I do to help my child to be successful in their exams?
Make sure that your child attends school every day, on time.
Year 11 students should arrive at school between 7:50 and 8:00 AM every morning.
Your child has a compulsory intervention session after school every day (3:25-4:25 PM)
Check that your child is doing at least one hour of homework after school every day.
You can check their planner to see what homework they have – they should have one piece of homework per subject per week.
Make sure that your child goes to bed at a reasonable time so that they get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
Create a quiet space for your child to work at home.
Every student in Year 11 at Paddington Academy should own revision guides for English, Science, RS, History, Geography, French, Spanish, Economics, PE GCSE, Business GCSE, Sport BTEC and Health & Social Care BTEC. Please e-mail Mr Park if your child does not own one of these.
It’s a great idea for your child to give you their phone whilst they are doing their homework or revising, so that they are more focused – they can have it back as soon as they are finished working!
Time chunks of revision or homework for your child, and make sure that they have regular breaks.
E-mail us with any concerns – our details are above and we are always happy to help.
Useful resources for revision
The revision checklists contain all the topics that your child needs to revise for their upcoming exams. Our teachers have tailored these for their subjects and our students.
Your child should structure their revision using a revision timetable – encourage them to stick to it!
Links to all the different online resources can be found here.
Knowledge organisers contain critical information that our students must know in order to be successful in their exams. They help pupils to recap, revisit and revise what they have learned in lessons to make sure that they remember this knowledge in the long term.
In each subject, Year 11 students are set four definitions to memorise each week. They should read-cover-write-check these definitions in their self-quizzing books.
You can access the Year 11 knowledge organisers here:
Paddington Academy’s Sixth Form
You can find more information about available courses, grade requirements and how to apply to Paddington Academy’s Sixth Form here.
Tips for dealing with stress
Year 11 is an extremely important year. Preparing for exams can be stressful.
Here are five key ways for your child to look after their mental health:
Talk to others
When we talk to our friends, parents or teachers, it almost always makes things better – a problem shared is a problem halved.
Get enough sleep
Aim for at least eight hours each night.
Limit your use of social media
Take regular breaks while working or revising
Eat healthily and exercise regularly
If you look after your body, it helps to look after your mind too. Even a short walk can help you.