VIP Support – Year 11
Year 11 can be an exciting, as well as stressful time for students, as they face their final exams and decisions about their future. The following information will outline the support available for students and families.
Year 11 Raising Achievement/Parents’ Evenings
During the year, the Year 11 Team hosts Raising Achievement evenings for parents, carers and students. These evenings provide important information as well as extra support and the ways in which you can help your child at home. Letters for each of these evenings will be sent out a few weeks before the day.
- Thursday 19th September 2019 – Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening
- Thursday 7th November 2019 – Year 11 Parents Evening
- Thursday 21st November 2019 – Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening
- Thursday 30th January 2020 – Year 11 Parents Evening
- Thursday 26th March 2020 – Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening
Information from Raising Achievement Evening
The following slideshow was delivered to parents/carers and students at Raising Achievement on Thursday 19th September. If you were unable to attend or wish to revisit any information, please browse the slides embedded below using the arrows to move back and forwards.
Victory Intervention Programme
The Victory Intervention Programme (VIP) is for our students – the real VIPs! We have a room dedicated to ensuring they have somewhere quiet and well-resourced to study, staffed by our fabulous team whose sole purpose is to encourage independent study and help students manage homework and revision.
The Victory Intervention Programme (VIP) Team is dedicated to Raising Achievement within the academy.
The ‘raising achievement’ strategies form an integral part of the academy’s achievement culture and are built into the heart of the Academy’s Development Plan.
All strategies are designed to boost student achievement. The strategies have been developed with the use of internal and external research, data analysis and student voice.
The VIP Toolkit identifies the methods used for intervention across the academy at various levels. Each programme has been developed with the following thought process in mind:
1: How can we support individual students to achieve their full potential?
2: How will the need for this support be identified?
3: How will the impact of each programme be measured, reported and built upon?
Introducing the team:
The VIP Team needs to: Establish with Key Stage 4 students what academic intervention is, and how students can benefit from it personally. We must also establish the difference between academic intervention and behaviour strategies.
The VIP Suite: is an area for all students to use to help them with their studies. The area will be open at break and lunch, as well as after school during period 6. The environment is a place of work, academic support, and independent study. We establish rapport with students, and as a team, work together to ensure the area is used effectively to support achievement.
The VIP Team Staff:
|Mr Willis||Mr Cole||Mrs Cordy||Mr Scott|
|Assistant Principal for Outcomes||Director of Raising Achievement||Head of Year 11||Head of Behaviour for Year 11|
|Mrs Coby||Miss Cork||Miss Read|
|Victory Intervention Mentor||Victory Intervention Mentor||Victory Intervention Mentor|
In Year 11, Form Time becomes a very important part of the academy day. Not only is important information, such as exam information, distributed, it also becomes additional lesson time. During Form Time, Year 11 students will work in very small groups with their English, mathematics and science teachers, in order to receive extra support in core subjects. Over the last couple of years, this has proved very useful for students and they have really benefited from it. If a student is late to Form Time (after 8.40am) without a valid reason, twice in one week, they will receive a 30 minute detention, after their period 6 session on a Wednesday. If a student is late to Form Time without a valid reason, three times in one week, they will receive a Principal’s Detention, after their period 6 session on a Monday or Thursday.
It is essential that your child undertakes additional independent revision throughout Year 11. Information on revision techniques and strategies will be shared with students through their Form Time programme. Information on revision guides and revision resources for the core subjects has already been shared. If your child has not yet purchased these, or would like option subject revision guides, there will be another opportunity do so at the start of Year 11. I strongly recommend that these resources are purchased as they will support your child in preparing fully for their end of year exams.
We have also invested in GCSE Pod, which is an online revision programme through the use of videos, which is proven to improve grades with consistent use. The pods can be accessed through a variety of PC, tablet and mobile devices and downloaded for offline usage. This can be accessed at: gcsepod.com
In order to fully support our Year 11 students and give them the best possible chance of success in their exams and their future, we introduce a compulsory period 6 lesson from 2.45pm until 3.45pm. It is an expectation of the academy that all Year 11 students attend all timetabled period 6 sessions. If students have a valid reason why they cannot attend a period 6 sessions, they need to speak to Mr Cole or Mr Willis in the first instance. Students will then be sent to their class teacher, where they will be expected to collect the work to complete in their own time. Consequences will be issued for non-attendance to period 6 sessions if a valid reason is not given in advance. If there are any issues with transport after period 6, students need to come and discuss this with the VIP Team in the VIP room on the first floor of the main building, and we will support however we can.
Students will be given a timetable which will clearly specify where students need to go for their P6 lesson.
Evening, Saturday and Holiday Sessions
The academy is committed to ensuring the best outcomes for all students. For this reason, there are times throughout the year where students are invited to attend evening, Saturday and holiday sessions. Previous students have found these sessions very beneficial and highly recommend them. Letters to parents and carers will be sent when these sessions are running, so dates and times are clear.
In January, all students will sit mock exams for all their subjects. Students will sit exams and receive grades under the same conditions and procedures as their final exams in the Summer. This will help students to familiarise themselves with exam expectations, learn how to revise and manage their time effectively and indicate the grade that they are currently working at. Students will have support and feedback to work on any areas of development ahead of their final examinations.
For information regarding the examination process and polices, please see our Examinations page.
In order to support students moving on from Year 11, there will be sessions during Form time where students will create CVs and explore interview techniques. Students will also be given the opportunity to look at and apply for courses via the Help You Choose website. This is for courses run both at Ormiston Victory Academy and externally.
For further guidance on how we support students to make decisions about their future, please see the Careers section of the website.
Positive behaviour plays a key part in order for students to be successful in their final exams. We expect all students to put in 100% effort in all lessons, attend sessions offered by staff and behave in accordance with the Ormiston Victory Academy Behaviour Policy. In Year 11 we expect to fully focus on the education of our students; therefore, we expect behaviour to be exceptional at all times. We will not allow poor behaviour to affect the learning of any student, nor do we expect to be dealing with friendship issues or issues with social networking in lesson time. We expect all students to be in all lessons, learning. With this in mind, all behaviour issues will be dealt with in a timely manner, consistently and fairly. Students will be issued with consequences if their behaviour falls below the expected level.
Principal’s Detention: From the September, any Year 11 student who receives a Principal’s Detention will be required to attend the VIP room from 3.45pm until 4.45pm after their Period 6 lesson, in order to complete this. This change has been made to ensure students will not miss the teaching in Period 6 sessions.
Contacting the VIP Team
We encourage Parents/Carers to contact us with any questions or concerns. You may can contact Mr Cole, Director of Raising Achievement on firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr Willis, Assistant Principal for Outcomes on email@example.com. Alternatively, you may call the VIP team on 01603 742310 Ext 253.