Year 11 consists of 218 students who are divided into 8 mixed ability form groups. We have a house system across the school involving 4 houses: Caxton, Chaucer, Cobham and Sidney. Each form is linked to a house and competes throughout the year in various events to gain house points for the overall house competition.
The pastoral team for year 11 consists of:
Mr Wadsworth – Director of Studies
Head of year
Caxton X: Miss Bradley/Mr Hay
Caxton Y: Mr Worden
Chaucer X: Mr Mackenzie Ingle
Chaucer Y: Mr Robinson
Cobham X: Miss Anand
Cobham Y: Mr Eiffert
Sidney X: Mr Syplywczak/Mr Nagra
Sidney Y: Mme Dielna
Staff can be contacted via the main school office on 0208 300 5665
Pupils in year 11 are supported in their learning with schemes such as Successmaker, Peer Mentoring, Accelerated Reading, Targeted Intervention Group (TIG), Educational Psychologist, SWAP – Student Welfare Access Panel, student counselling and additional Maths and English tuition. GCSE Pod is a great resource available for students to use which will assist in their GCSE studies and revision for exams. This academic year we will be running study skills sessions and also sessions to assist parents in supporting their son through their GCSE exams with top tips and exam practices that can be used. We will also be running out growing up in the digital age workshops for all students in the school.
Students who struggle to access the national curriculum are monitored in their progress by their form tutor who monitors them on a Green form tutor report or by the Head of Year using a Purple HOY report. Pupils’ progress is discussed with the student at the end of each day to support them with their learning and resolving any issues that may have occurred during the school day. A reflection of the week will also take place on Friday at 3pm to address what went well and how the student could improve. These reports are then taken home to gain support from parents on their son’s education.
SMH (Show My Homework) is a great tool for students and parents to find out what homework has been issued in which subjects. As parents you can support your sons learning by checking SMH regularly and speaking to him about ensuring this is done prior to the lesson. Login information can be provided to access your son’s specific SMH timetable.
At Hurstmere, we are a telling school and members of staff are only too willing to assist students in resolving any issues they have during their school day. Students can speak with their classroom teachers for issues that occur during lessons. During the 20 minute registration at the end of the school day, boys can also liaise with their form tutors and inform them of any issues they may have in the corridors, between lessons and to or from school. As teachers we can work with your son to get the best out of them, we ask that you support us in what we are trying to achieve and take an interest in what they are studying by assisting them in completing homework and resolving conflicts that may occur during the school year.
Remember “if we don’t know about it, we can’t help you deal with it!”
As a year group we have again represented the school in Football, Rugby and cricket to high standards in the English Schools, Kent County and North Kent inter school competitions. Our Sports leaders have been training hard with Miss Allsop this year and have run various festivals throughout the course of the year for Local Primary Schools to attend.
At the end of year 10 we run elections for the following years House Captain and Vice Captain roles. This was completed by the candidates canvassing the school, promoting themselves, whilst also creating a promotional video that was shown to all year groups in that house. The successful candidates now perform these roles and have been announced to the whole school. This is a great chance for them to develop their leadership and communication skills as they progress in their roles.
Class Charts - Rewards
Students are rewarded for their academic achievements with positive/negative comments on class charts. This works on a tally chart basis and negative points automatically remove a positive point from their overall total. At the end of the week the students are ranked in order and the top 10 students receive a positive post card home from the school to celebrate their achievements. Class charts points are awarded in each of the student’s lessons with classroom teachers liaising with home via postcards, phone calls and letters along with HOY rewards at the end of each half term.
Students who achieve 100% attendance through a term are issued with a 100% attendance certificate for this period. Those students achieving 100% attendance for the whole year are sent a certificate home to their parents directly, with these individuals attending a rewards trip and class charts points for their continued effort to be in school for the duration of the academic year.
At Hurstmere School we have an extensive range of extra-curricular activities that are run at lunchtimes and after school. Most departments in the school have additional sessions that further engage students and developing their knowledge and understanding. These are a great way to learn more in a specific area and make new friends with similar interests. It is advised that all boys take part in some form of extra-curricular activity to develop their confidence, social skills and relationships amongst the year group.
Please be aware that should your son not be selected for a sports team from the trials at the beginning of the year, they should attend regular training sessions provided to gain access to teams representing the school.
During the last 2 weeks of the academic school year students in year 10 participate in a work experience placement, which is arranged by the students. This is a great chance for them to experience what life is like outside of Hurstmere school and in the working world. Over the 2 weeks I have managed to see a number of boys at their placement, speak with them individually about their experiences and also speak with their supervisors to find out how they have been getting along. It has been great to see so many enthusiastic faces who are enjoying the experience of a working life. All students are required to complete their work experience booklet which is a reflection of their time out on placement and contains a review of their performance from their employer. Please ensure your son returns this to school in September.