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This letter is to keep you informed of the arrangements for Year 11 as they approach the end of their time here at Freddies. The last few weeks of school will be an intense period for the students but this should also be a memorable and enjoyable few weeks for your child as they approach the end of their time at high school. It is important that we work together to ensure that they are fully prepared for the examinations and approach the examination weeks in the right frame of mind. It is vital that your child revises effectively at home but also has the right amount of sleep before examinations.
Arrangements for Study Leave and the Leavers’ Assembly
From Monday 23rd May, Year 11 students will be allowed to wear their leavers’ hoodie in school.
Following the May half-term holiday, Monday 6th June will be a normal school day for the students. Students who behave inappropriately on this day will not be invited to the Leavers’ Assembly. Year 11 study leave will commence on Tuesday 7th June. From this point onwards students will only need to come into school for their examinations. We have scheduled short revision sessions immediately prior to each exam. We advise that your child attends all of these; these sessions help to calm nerves and focus the students just before they enter the exam hall. Please see attached timetable for the times of these sessions.
From the 7th June, the school library will be available as a quiet study space should your child wish to come into school and revise independently. Students who abuse this facility and disrupt others who are using the library will be asked to leave and parents will be informed.
During the exam period students are reminded that they must wear full school uniform when in school. We also advise that they leave a little extra time to get to school early when they have an exam so that they are as calm as possible. Once all of your child’s exams are completed your child will no longer need to attend school. However, please ensure that your child is available until the 29th June as this is the GCSE contingency day on which there could be an exam if any were cancelled.
To mark the end of the year group’s five years together at Fred Longworth High School, we have arranged a special Leavers’ Assembly. This will take place in the Drama Theatre on Tuesday 28th June. Your child will need to arrive in school at their normal time for this occasion. They will spend some of the morning in their form groups followed by refreshments in the canteen and then the assembly itself. As is the tradition here at Freddies, this special occasion will be ‘Best Dressed Day’ and the students will be allowed to attend school in smart clothes (their ‘best’, with no trainers, beach wear, jeans or sportswear). Students who wear anything inappropriate on the day will be asked to leave the site and will risk their place at the prom. During the day we will allow students to bring in an old school shirt to school for signing and will allow students to take photographs. When students finally leave the school site at approximately 12:30pm, we expect them to do so immediately and in a dignified manner. Other students will be working and we do not want to have their lessons disturbed. The Leavers’ Assembly will be followed by the Leavers’ Ball on Friday 1st July.
Year 11 GCSE and vocational results will be issued on Thursday 25th August here in school from 9:00am. Both students and their parents are invited into school to come and collect results.
The examination period can be a stressful time for students – and parents! Please remember that we are here to help – do visit school or contact us by phone if you have any concerns or questions, no matter how trivial you think they are. Often, a brief conversation with someone at school can put minds at rest. Please also help your child by encouraging them to plan their revision time carefully, and by making sure that they turn up to their examinations on time, in uniform and with the correct equipment.
We wish all students good luck in their examinations. In spite of all of the challenges they have faced during these difficult times, they have worked hard in school and deserve every success. We look forward to seeing them rewarded with excellent results on Thursday 25th August. Finally, we would like to thank all parents and carers for your continued support.
Mr P Davies
Mrs K Regan
Head of Year 11