Year 11


Welcome to the Year 11 GCSE Strategy homepage.  Year 11 is a crucial year in that it is the culmination of eleven years of education all of which is leading towards formal qualifications that will prepare our pupils for their next steps, whatever they may be.  As such, both pupils and parents may find this year stressful and one of the aims of the GCSE Strategy is to ensure both parents and pupils are supported to eliminate unnecessary stresses.

GCSE Parent Meeting

See PDF presentation below

Main Components of the Strategy

The Year 11 GCSE strategy covers 3 main areas: the Curriculum, Pupils and Parents. 

The CURICULLUM – Our aim is to:

  1. ensure that all subject teachers are preparing their pupils well for their GCSE through a clearly mapped out overview of what they are teaching/revising over the year
  2. ensure all pupils have access to GCSE Strategy Packs/ Revision Guides to facilitate the revision process
  3. ensure a clear revision programme is in place (pupils are not left to revise without guidance, support and checks)

PUPILS – Our aim is to:

  1. prepare our pupils for their GCSE year. 
  2. ensure they are able to organise their revision and are supported as and when they struggle. 
  3. ensure pupils are confident regarding their next steps (post school) they have made suitable choices that are both ambitious and realistic, reflecting their interests and skills. 
    1. identify any pupils who may be struggling with any of the above and provide bespoke intervention to support them

We run a comprehensive PSHE and CEIAG programme that covers many topics to support the points above.  Pupil identification and support is ongoing throughout the year. (Please see CEIAG section on website)

PARENTS – Our aim is to

  1. keep parents informed of their child’s progress so they can support their progress
  2. share key information with parents so that parents have a range of strategies which can be used to support their children throughout the year
  3. support individual parents as required

Reports and key information is shared with parents through Go4Schools.  In addition to this there are a series of Parent Information Evenings & a Parents’ Consultation Evening during the year. Click here to view the PSHE Learning Journey.


Key Dates for Year 11






Start of Autumn Term for all students

Pupils return to school



Parents’ Meeting

Year 11  Preparing for GCSE Exams

Ppt to be uploaded


PSHE- 2 Hour Session

Post 16 Pathways




Post 16 Evening

Post 16 providers have stands to visit so that students and parents get an overview of their offer



Autumn Half Term




Data Release

Grades and effort data available on Go4Schools



Parents’ Consultation Evening

An opportunity to meet your child’s teachers in order to discuss their progress.

‘How to support your child in their GCSEs’ booklet available from school


PSHE- 2 Hour Session

Health & Wellbeing



Mock Exams (1)

Written Exams will take place week 1. Some practicals will take place week 2 (14/12/20)



Christmas Holiday




Year 11 Reports

These will be issued via Go4Schools



PSHE- 2 Hour Session

First Aid



Spring Half Term




Mock Exams (2)

Written Exams will take place week 1. Some practicals will take place week 2 (1/3/21)



Data Release

Grades and effort data available on Go4Schools



PSHE- 2 Hour Session




Easter Holiday




GCSE Exams

Start of Practical Exams



GCSE Exams

Start of GCSE Written Exams



Leavers’ Day







Revision Sessions

After school revision sessions 2020-21

Class of 2021

Revision sessions will begin in September in many subjects and these run according to the rota below.

Some subjects identify pupils by names and we would expect all of these pupils to attend. At other times the sessions are open to the whole class. This information is shared with pupils by their class teacher and their form tutor. If pupils do not attend, parents may be contacted. If you have any queries please contact the school, alternatively you can email the teacher directly.

Indy table 1

Indy table 2


November Mock Examinations

To be released in due course.


Personal, Social, Health Education becomes statutory for all schools from September 2020 under the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

At Dormston, PSHE is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

PSHE equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

PSHE contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

Please see Learning Journey for specifics of what will be taught this year


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Careers Journey 2020 15th Jul 2020 Download
2020 GCSE Parents Meeting 1 virtual 22nd Sep 2020 Download

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