Year 11 can be a daunting prospect – don’t worry!  We are here to help.

Key Contacts

Mr. F. Hall – Pastoral Manager for Year 11 – fhall@ems.hartlepool.sch.uk
Mrs. Irvine – SENDCo – sirvine@ems.hartlepool.sch.uk
Mr. Dickson – Deputy Headteacher – pdickson@ems.hartlepool.sch.uk
Mr. McMahon – Deputy Headteacher – pmcmahon@ems.hartlepool.sch.uk 

 

Year 11 Key Dates

Year 11 is a busy year and the time will pass by extremely fast.  Here’s a list of all the Key Dates you need to organise your year.

2019

Year 11 Choices Event – Tuesday 5th November
Sixth Form Open Evening – Thursday 7th November
Mock Exams Begin – W/C Monday 18th November
Mock Results Day – Monday 16th December

2020

Parents Evening – Thursday 16th January
Sixth Form Open Evening – Thursday 6th February
Mock Exams Begin – W/C Monday 24th March
Leavers Mass – Friday 1st May
GCSE Exams Begin – Monday 11th May (ends 26th June)
Prom – Thursday 25th June
Sixth Form Taster Day – In the Summer Term
GCSE Results Day & Sixth Form Enrolment – Thursday 20th August

 

Year 11 Revision Timetable

The revision timetable to run alongside lessons during the GCSE Exam period will be available here later in the year.

 

Information Evening

The evening was held on Thursday 27th September. You can view the slides from the evening here

 

Seneca Learning

This is a new web based learning and revision platform open to all students.  www.senecalearning.com   Students can use this resource for free and experience a different way to revise and plan for those exams.  Struggling to get going? We’ve created a guide to help you!  Seneca Guide

 

Helping your child to tackle the challenges of Year 11

Staying positive and being mindful of the pressures that big exam years can bring is vital. Please chat to any member of staff if you feel that your son/daughter is feeling overwhelmed. Miss Parker and Mrs Hooks also have lots of resources and strategies to help with emotional well-being.

Here are a few useful resources that may help, however, there is a wealth of information out there on the internet that maybe better suited to your son/daughters individual needs.

How to Study Better – Best Study Techniques
Seven Tips to Beating Exam Anxiety
A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child Revise for Exams

 

Revision / Catch Up Sessions

Our dedicated staff usually put on extra revision sessions on weekends and in February, Easter and May half term breaks.  As we get to this point, we’ll add them here for you.

Planning your revision sessions and breaks is extremely effective.  We’ve made you a customisable timetable in Microsoft Word for the half term break so you can plan your days. Not got word?  You get that free as a student at EMS…Check the guide out of how to get it here.

Revision Tips

As well as the above, click here for a another set of posters with lots of revision tips.

Quizzing Yourself

This is one of the most effective forms of revision. Here’s a word template you can download and amend to create Revision Cards for you.  Create for testing yourself, or even better, get someone else to test you!

Planning Revision

Planning your time and when you are going to fit in those revision sessions is crucial in success.  We’ve created you a weekly customisable timetable to plan your evenings and weekends to get the most out of your time.  Not got Word?  Get it for free here

Have a watch of the little clip below – it’s light hearted and quirky but the message is true.

Exam Boards / Revision Guides / Websites and Apps recommended by our Departments.

We have created a document which contains everything you need to know about the exams your children will be sitting in the summer.  The document also contains a vast array of websites, apps and books that you can use to aid your revision.

You can download the document here

Careers Guidance

In this vital year of making decisions about your future, our Careers team in school and in the sixth form can be a huge help to settle any worries or concerns you may have. A quick chat with one of our specialist team can help shape your future plans and set you on the path you want to be on.

Our careers team are:

Mrs Joanne Liddell – Head of Careers
Mrs Beverley Scaife – Careers Officer
Mrs Tracy Russell – CIAG Assistant

Good careers guidance is essential for Year 11 students, to enable them to make sound and informed decisions for the future. Our dedicated, qualified and experienced staff provide a comprehensive support programme and resources for our students and their parents, at this essential time. As we understand that access to impartial careers information, direct knowledge of the different pathways, and the options available are an essential element to ensure your child makes an informed choice.

Careers events and activities:

September

  • Year 11 Options, Pathways and Choices Assembly – Students are provided with information of the different options, courses and providers and details about apprenticeships and support on offer. View Slides Here

October

  • 1:1 Guidance meeting – Each student is offered a careers guidance meeting with our qualified and  impartial careers staff to discuss their career ideas and support their plans. 

November

  • Year 11 Choices event – All local colleges, training providers and apprenticeship training providers are invited into school so students can find out what is available after Y11.

December

  • Apprenticeship Assembly – Students get more in-depth information on apprenticeships and what they need to do to prepare. 

January

  • Apprenticeship Drop-in Sessions – Students who intend on making apprenticeship applications this year, sign up for one of the sessions so that they can be shown how to register with the National Apprenticeship website, create their on-line application form & search and apply for vacancies.
  • Parents Evening – A variety of Technical /FE/HE colleges will be available. This gives parents the opportunity to get careers advice and  guidance from independent sources and get more information about Technical courses and apprenticeships.  Our Careers staff are also on hand at all parents evenings and key transition events to offer CIAG to students, parents and staff.
  • National Citizenship Service (NCS) Assembly– Students find out about this fabulous summer, community programme and how they  can participate.

March

  • Pre Apprenticeship Preparation Event at HCFE – For students who have applied for apprenticeship through HCFE they will be invited into the college to attend this invaluable day.  Students will be given guidance and support on a variety of recruitment methods used by employers such as aptitude testing, teambuilding, dexterity and interview techniques.

There’s loads more useful information, college open evenings, websites and contact information on the Careers Page