11HYS – Ms Yates
11MMY – Mr Molloy
11 NDR – Mr Durr
11ADE/SME – Ms Devonshire and Ms Martindale
11FBY – Ms Barry
11 EMN – Ms McCann
This is an excellent and experienced team of staff who are here to help you as you take the final steps towards GCSE success. Year 11 is both exciting and demanding. There is much to look forward to including choosing where you will go and what you will do when you leave OCA, the prom and of course exam success. To achieve this you will have to work hard, the year will be demanding and we are able to listen and offer advice and guidance to help you meet the challenges.
I look forward to seeing the students thrive this year both in their option subjects and the core. The fantastic A2L scores of so many of our students demonstrates how well they are working towards this already.
This year is about you making the best possible progress you can. You will be given regular updates about how you are progressing and you will all be assigned an Academic Mentor. Your mentor will meet with you twice a term and help you address any issues or concerns you may have.
There will be assemblies from a range of Further Education providers to help you decide on your next steps and a Careers Fair to help you make the best decisions for your future career choice. Mrs Hayes is always available for any further information you require.
On Saturdays, and during the holidays, staff will run a range of intervention sessions that you will be able to attend to help you with your academic progress. There is also a comprehensive enrichment programme – details below.
As well as the comprehensive whole school enrichment programme Year 11 also have an enrichment timetable best on their exam subjects. Staff will let students know if they need to attend these sessions.
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Attendance is vital this year – missed lessons will have a serious detrimental impact on exam performance. As a result all students should aim for at least 97% attendance and if possible 100%. Similarly punctuality is crucially important. Students need to equip themselves with the skills that employers value such as good punctuality. In addition many students will attend intervention sessions in the morning so a prompt start is essential. We are well on our way with this as the first 6 weeks of term have seen a significant improvement.
School life is not just about academic success. It is also about becoming a positive member of society who improves the lives of others around them. I am proud of the role year 11 play in our school. They are excellent role models to our younger students and the positive way staff and students talk about them is testimony to this. The Year 11 leadership team take an active role in school life helping out at events, undertaking duties, supporting the house system and delivering assemblies.
I have extremely high expectations and aim to ensure that every child in Year 11 is happy and meets their full potential.
If you need to contact Mrs Handley, please contact the school office or email HandleyL@ocacademy.co.uk