Students in our GCSE years, ie Years 9-11 will be carrying out Praising Stars 3 assessments in examination conditions in the Sports Hall in the two weeks beginning 8 January 2018. This will also help ensure they are familiar with GCSE examination conduct, and the demands of sitting a number of exams in succession. We are giving advance notice to allow parents to also encourage students to continue with revision ‘as they go along’ and should start revising now, and more intensively over the next month, but please note not every subject will have an examination in this way.
We have also published on our Praising Stars website page here: www.bydales.outwood.com/praising-stars a calendar of all the Praising Stars assessments windows this academic year, so parents can support their children with revising at home, in order to secure the best outcomes in our six weekly assessments.
For obvious reasons, it is not appropriate to take children out of school for family holidays, as there is no time of year when lessons are not important, or assessment cycles to support learning are not happening. Our attendance continues to be the highest ever in the history of the school, and we thanks families for their support in this regard.
Finally, Y11 clearly have the most examinations in the summer of 2018, and in early September we set them the ‘Revision Run Streak Challenge’ to revise an hour a night, every day, leading up to the GCSEs. A Revision Timetable was provided to facilitate this. In return Mr Wappat, in the assembly in September, pledged to run 4 miles each day too, so he could understand the challenges of finding the motivation to ‘keep going’ and hopefully create a team approach and incentive along the way. A picture of his run time is published on our Twitter and Facebook pages each evening to prove completion! We have been delighted with the number of Y11 who have risen to the challenge, and there is no reason those who haven’t managed can’t start now.