Key Academic Information - Year 11

2016 - 2017

Autumn Term

  • Start of year event
  • House Song (Tuesday 18 October)
  • Half-term report home
  • Futurewise New Generation careers profiling – completed by half-term
  • Transition to Lower Sixth event
  • Revision skills workshop
  • End of term booklet report home

Spring Term

  • GCSE Rehearsal examinations – weeks 1 and 2 (see the following note on Rehearsal examinations)
  • Futurewise reports returned to school and individual interviews follow; copy of Futurewise reports sent home
  • Discussions with pupils about Sixth Form options
  • GCSE Rehearsal results sent home in advance of the Year 11 Parents’ Meeting
  • Parents’ Meeting with Year 11 subject tutors – final Friday before half-term break
  • Presentation to Year 11 parents on ‘Sixth Form Options’ – immediately before the Year 11 Parents’ Meeting
  • ‘Sixth Form Courses’ booklet, containing full details of all Sixth Form courses and provisional subject blocking information, made available to parents
  • Year 11 Formal Dinner
  • End of term report home

Summer Term

  • Parents' Day – final Friday of the first half-term
  • GCSE examinations begin – pupils will be issued with a personalised examination timetable
  • Pupils may revise at home (see point 2 below)
  • End of term Houseparent letter home (plus any co-curricular reports)
  • Text books to be returned to the issuing department by the end of term


1) Coursework (or Controlled Assessments)

Formal coursework/controlled assessments tasks will be ongoing throughout Year 11; these will take place during normal timetabled lessons.

2) GCSE Examinations

  1. Appropriate revision during the Easter and summer half-term breaks is essentialplease make holiday plans accordingly.
  2. The GCSE Art examination typically takes place in the spring term of Year 11.
  3. The GCSE PE practical examination typically takes place towards the end of the spring term in Year 11.
  4. GCSE Drama practical examinations take place early in the first half of the summer term.
  5. A minimum of three oral and written controlled assessments will be carried out over the two year course in some languages.
  6. Revision at home and Examination Leave – the detailed arrangements will be confirmed in a letter sent from the Deputy Head (Academic), available via the Parent Portal, at the start of the summer term. Typically, examination leave may be taken from half-term in the summer term.
  7. Pupils following BTEC programmes may not take examination leave until they have completed all their assignments and have permission from the relevant Head of Department.
  8. Post-examination routine – following the GCSE examination period the Year 11 ‘normal’ timetable is the post-GCSE programme (details of which are sent home in the Easter mailing). All Year 11 pupils at Millfield at this time will be required to take part in this programme which will typically run during the final week of the summer term.
  9. The above arrangements must on no account conflict with school commitments; team players, musicians and those involved in other group activities must refer to the appropriate staff.

3) Academic Trips, Visits, Exchanges and Fieldwork

A number of trips, visits, exchanges and fieldwork activities take place throughout Year 11 which support pupils’ academic studies. Where necessary, parents will be given as much notification as possible of the precise dates of these activities. In some subjects, participation is regarded as an essential part of the course.

4) Spring Term GCSE Rehearsal Examinations

The GCSE Rehearsal examinations are an important opportunity for pupils and teachers to gauge levels of progress. Pupils are strongly advised to prepare for these internal examinations as fully as possible to ensure that they are in a position to perform to their potential.
Extensive revision during the preceding Christmas break is strongly advised to consolidate the work covered so far. Parents are encouraged to make any holiday arrangements with this firmly in mind. Experience shows that lack of preparation for Rehearsal examinations is an indicator for likely under-performance in the real thing. The outcomes from these examinations will be an important strand of evidence which will inform decisions on the tier of entry at GCSE.

5) Reporting

Reports are sent home at the end of the autumn and spring terms and at half-term in the autumn term. The reports at half-term in the autumn term and at the end of the spring term are A4 summary sheets; the report at the end of the autumn term is a full booklet. Parents will receive a summary of GCSE Rehearsal grades in advance of the Year 11 Parents’ Meeting. A Houseparent letter (plus any co-curricular reports) will be sent home at the end of the summer term. Reporting sessions are used by group tutors and senior tutors to closely monitor pupil performance and progress. Parents are contacted as appropriate following reporting sessions if a pupil is not meeting academic expectations.