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Art, Craft and Design
Introduction The Art, Craft and Design GCSE is made up of two elements, portfolio work and the final exam. The portfolio work will be created in Year 10 and the first term of Year 11. You will complete 2 projects in this time. The portfolio mark will account for 60% of your final grade.
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For Yr 11 students and their parents:
The Exam Boards have issued a ‘Contingency Day’ for the first time – this is for any exams affected by a national / local unexpected event that disrupts the exam timetable. This means that all students will need to keep this date free throughout the period of their timetabled exams just in case anything should disrupt them – the exam boards will only use this facility in the most extreme situation, and it cannot be used independently by schools or individuals. The date is June 26th 2019. Please bear this in mind.
Apprenticeships Drop-in Information Evening
Date: Wednesday, 6 March
Time: 4pm to 7pm (Drop In Any Time)
Location: The Ockendon Academy Studio School, Erriff Drive, South Ockendon, RM15 5AY
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Planning Your Revision Like every other kind of study, you will feel much more in control of revising for exams if you plan your revision and decide which strategies to use to mate it as effective as possible. Five reasons to think positively about exams
- Exams motivate your study – everything you learn in your courses can help you in your exams.
- Exams are great opportunity to show what you can do. Potentially, good exam results could unlock some really exciting doors in your life.
- The people who are marking your exam paper want to give you all the marks they can.
- Your teachers are exam experts. You have access to all their expertise to help you do your best.
- Preparing for exams gives you experience of building up to a big challenge. This is useful experience for whatever you go on to do after school.
Planning ahead Everyone is at least a little bit nervous about exams. You can use that nervous energy to get lots done, but it can also make it harder to think coolly and calmly about how to do your revision. That is why it makes a lot of sense to plan out your revision well in advance of your exams. Your teachers will let you know when to start. Studies have found that certain learning techniques can really help students perform better. You just need to find which techniques work for you.
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Snow/Bad Weather Arrangements
Given the forecast for some wintry weather later in the week, here are the school’s procedures with regard to snow and bad weather. The school will close only in exceptional circumstances, therefore please assume that the school will be open. The school will only close, or close to some year groups, in the event of
1. a facility malfunction in the building, e.g. boiler breaking down/power failure, or
2. a substantial number of staff not being able to reach their place of work, otherwise the school will remain open. In the unlikely event of closure this will be posted first on the school’s Facebook page and Website www.williamedwards.org.uk.
Where possible we will endeavour to send a text message out. Again should you be uncertain, please assume the school is open. In the event of the weather seriously deteriorating during the school day, students will normally be kept in school until the end of the afternoon and released at the normal time.
In the unlikely event of an unforeseen early closure we will endeavour to make contact with you via text or email (with telephone contact where necessary). No student would be released until this had happened. During cold weather students may wear additional layers of clothing to keep them warm including:
- a warm coat or jacket in line with school uniform guidance (plain, dark colours) although these will need to be removed inside buildings.
- a black school v-neck jumper under their blazer.
- a white thermal layer under their shirt or blouse.
Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, we cannot allow students to play with snow. Therefore, snowballing and other such games are banned and students will generally be kept indoors during breaks. Finally, can I ask that if you drive your child to school that you drop them a safe distance away from the site to avoid potential accidents during busy times.
Thank you for your support in these matters.