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Year 10

Introduction

Year 10 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 10 consists of:

Line manager

Mr Wadsworth – Director of Studies

Head of Year

Mr Davis

Form Tutors

Caxton X: Miss Bradley/Miss Bali

Caxton Y: Mr Worden/Mr James

Chaucer X: Mr Mackenzie Ingle

Chaucer Y: Mr Robinson

Cobham X: Miss Anand

Cobham Y: Mr Eiffert

Sidney X: Mr Page/Mr Syplywczak

Sidney Y: Mme Dielna

Staff can be contacted via the main school office on 0208 300 5665

Support

Pupils in year 10 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.

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 sons 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!”

Achievements

As a year group we have again represented the school in Football, Rugby and cricket to high standards in the Kent County cups and 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.

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.

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.

Extra-curricular activities

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.

End of year trip

At the end of year 9 we took a group of 75 students on a 4 day trip to Paris. We stopped off at Vimy Ridge (Canadian War Memorial) for the boys to be given a recap on some of their history lessons from earlier in the year. As we carried on our journey to Paris we visited a small chocolate factory and had a guided tour as to how chocolate is made, which linked into the Fairtrade chocolate project the whole year group completed in year 8. The following day we made our way into Paris to visit: The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, The Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysee and also saw many other sights of Paris from a cruise down the river Seine. We topped off the next 2 days with a fun filled adventure at Disneyland Paris, experiencing the thrilling rides and the spectacular Disney Light and Firework Display. The boys were all fantastic throughout the trip and were a pleasure to be in the company of during our last week of term.

Work Experience

Students have been made aware that they should be looking for a work experience placement to complete during the last 2 weeks of year 10. All students must provide their own work experience placement and the relevant paperwork needs to be completed and handed into Mr Mackenzie-Ingle. Your son can complete his work experience in more than one facility but paperwork for both locations will need to be submitted. As we are not the only school in the local borough, which complete work experience at this time of year, places are limited and can be very competitive, we advise students to seek and confirm their placement as early as possible. Those students who are attending the Zambia Rugby Coaching trip will not require another work experience placement.