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Year 10

The Year 10 team is led by Miss Parris and our students are divided into eight mixed ability form groups. Each form is led by a form tutor. We have a house system across the school involving four 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 of Year 10
Mr Brown

Head of Year
Miss Parris

Form Tutors
Caxton X             Mr Parkinson
Caxton Y             Mrs Elliott
Chaucer X           Mr Blower
Chaucer Y          Ms Notton
Cobham X           Ms Watson
Cobham Y           Mr Evans
Sidney X              Mrs Halton
Sidney Y              Mrs Murphy

Every member of the team can be contacted via the main school office on 0208 300 5665.

Support
Staff at Hurstmere are here to support pupils as they make their way through the school. We offer a range of support from informal discussions with pupils to more structured interventions such as Peer Mentoring. We are eager to help our students and rely on open communications to ensure we can quickly deal with any issues that may arise. Please contact your son’s form tutor in the first instance if you have something you wish to discuss with us.

Our Ethos
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.”

Extra-curricular Activities
The school provides a wide range of activities outside of conventional classroom time and it is important that pupils make the most of the opportunities on offer. This helps pupils to settle in to the new school year, make new friends and develop their social skills. 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. Activities take place at lunchtimes and after school, and timetables are available in every classroom. It is recommended that all pupils take part in some form of extra-curricular activity to help them feel part of their school.

Achievement and Rewards
Pupil achievements are recognised and rewarded in a number of ways in Year 10. Pupils are registered with our Class Charts system where their teachers can add positive comments. Each week the top ten pupils will receive a reward postcard as recognition of their hard work. Pupils who perform consistently throughout each term will be invited to take part in reward trips. Pupils can also receive points towards the annual House competition. Be sure to look out for opportunities throughout the year to contribute to the success of your house. Pupils in Year 9 can also receive letters and praise postcards from teachers and form tutors for their efforts.

Homework
Your son will receive homework from his subject teachers and this should be recorded in his planner. To support the boys, teachers will also place details of homework onto a website called Show My Homework. As a parent, you also have access to this website and please do feel free to consult it regularly to support your son(s) with their homework and organisation.

Home and School Contact
Every pupil is issued with a school planner at the start of the academic year which becomes their responsibility. This is an excellent resource for pupils to keep themselves organised. It also is a useful vehicle for maintaining close contact between home and school. Teachers may use the planner to communicate with you and you are of course welcome to do the same. Please ensure you check your son’s planner EVERY DAY and that you sign your son’s planner every week. All members of staff can of course be contacted on the main school number.

Work Experience
Students should be looking for a work experience placement to complete during the last two 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 who 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.

Important dates for Year 10
Year 10 Parents’ Evening – 28th November 2019
Work Experience – from 6th to 17th July 2020

Miss Parris
Head of Year 10