As our year 11 students approach their final examinations in the
summer, it is vital that they are fully equipped with all the
necessary knowledge and skills to be successful. At Top Valley
Academy we support our year 11 students to achieve the very best
We are keen to ensure that all students maximise their full
potential and that they are well aware of their own progress and
how to move further forward. As a result, every Year 11 student is
mentored by a senior leader in the Academy. As their mentor they
will meet individually with each student regularly during their
final year and provide a direct contact point for parents. They
will spend quality time with the students reviewing their progress
and setting further targets. Progress towards their GCSE
examinations is monitored closely with suitable intervention
strategies when necessary to boost progress.
A key element of preparing our year 11 students for their GCSE
examinations in the summer, is the mock examinations which they
will sit during October and February. As well as preparing
students for the process of an extensive examination period, they
also give students and staff a clear picture about the progress
being made towards their target grades.
Year 11 is a pivotal year for our students, so we would ask
parents to support the Academy by making every effort to ensure
that your son / daughter has the best possible attendance and
punctuality record throughout the year. When students are not
sitting a mock exam, they are still expected to be in normal
Breakfast will be available to Year 11 students on the days
where they have an exam in the morning from 8:00 to 8:45am in Year
11 Centre. Bacon & sausage rolls, toast, juice and fruit will
be provided free for students sitting exams.
Staff are available to answer any last minute questions and to
provide a calm environment for students to prepare for their exams
and feel confident about their day ahead. The good attendance
at these revision sessions is testament to the difference studying
in a comfortable environment with the support of teachers makes to
the achievement levels and motivation of our students.
The sessions offer Year 11 students a safe and warm environment
to study with the support of their teachers prior to their exams,
recognising that many students do not have the space or facilities
at home to concentrate on revising.
The evening provides you the opportunity to discuss your child's
progress, their mock results and meet his / her teachers. It is
really important for us to meet with you to discuss their mock
results, examination entries, coursework requirements and revision
Study Skills Workshops
A large part of examination success will be down to how students
effectively manage their time, and implement an effective revision
programme, in the run up to the summer examinations. Learning
how to revise effectively is a key part of this.
In order to support our students with their revision, we have
recruited Live and Learn, a study skills company in the UK.
Their highly-skilled staff have an excellent track record of
working with students to help them develop these skills and so
maximise their potential.
Workshops will be delivered at the Academy throughout each
Exam Wall Planner
Students will be issued with their own exam planner
to help them to plan and revise effectively for their
examinations. This planner outlines exam dates and key topics to
support effective revision and should be displayed prominently at
home for reference by students and their parents.
Saturday & Sunday Sessions
As part of our support for your child in their approach to GCSE
examinations we will run intensive Saturday &
Sunday revision sessions. These will commence during the
spring term. These sessions will focus on exam skills
for specific subjects and occur on a regular basis. All year
11 students are expected to attend a minimum of 3 of these
sessions. Lunch is provided and students are issued with a
gold revision card for each session they attend. Cards are then
placed in to the Year 11 prize draw.
To help our students achieve the grades they deserve the Academy
has organised a series of holiday workshops to support coursework
and to start to prepare students so that they can enter their
examinations with confidence. Year 11 students are invited and
encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Our subject
specialist staff, materials covered and targeted preparation in the
sessions will help our students achieve the grades they truly
Students are issued with a gold revision card for each
session they attend. Cards are then placed in to the Year 11 prize
After School Opportunities
We aim to support our Year 11 students as much
as we can in the run up to their GCSE exams. Good, well
planned, and thorough revision helps our students secure their
result in the mock examinations and their final examinations. In
order to support our students with their revision and controlled
assessments we offer a variety of after school opportunities
throughout the year. The period 6 provides additional revision
opportunities so that all students can get the support they need in
a range of subjects.
As an incentive for students to attend as many revision sessions
as possible all students are issued with a revision card for
each session they attend. Cards are then placed in to the Year 11
tombola. The tombola is drawn on a regular basis throughout the
year but also all cards are entered for a final prize at the end of
the year. Last year the final prize was an Apple MacBook
Virtual Learning Environment- The Hub
All students have 24/7 access to their work folder and The Hub.
The Year 11 area contains a wealth of support information and links
to support for both our students and parents. All students have a
login and password for GCSE pod that provides revision podcasts.
These can be downloaded or streamed and have proved very popular
with our students as a revision resource.
Post 16 Advice and Support
Participation in career and work-related learning
activities gives students valuable opportunities to discover
more about themselves: who they are, how they are changing and who
they could possibly become. They can find out what inspires them,
how they can be successful and what they can contribute.
All students are provided with information, advice and guidance
as an entitlement and know where to access up to date information
about work, training and educational opportunities. A career mentor
provides additional support to secure post 16 places and general
support in the application process.
You can contact
National Careers Service (NCS) on 0800 100 900 or through their
You can also search the
National Apprenticeships website for apprenticeship
What Next career information on the Top Valley Academy Hub - View here