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and Performing Arts College

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December 2019

Year 10 Parent and Carer Bulletin – December 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Year 10 have made a fantastic start to their GCSE subjects this academic year, our bulletin includes important information about what is coming up after the Christmas break for our students and includes strategies suggested by subject tutors to ensure students achieve their maximum potential.



Year 10 are currently completing their studies of the first 10 poems from their Power and Conflict Anthology. After Christmas, they will be studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth, so the Christmas holidays should give the opportunity to find the text they were given in Year 9.

Encourage students to read as many books as possible! The more they read, the more they become used to understanding a wide variety of texts. This will assist with their completion of the both Language and Literature GCSEs;

All home learning is being set on a weekly basis on Doddle so please encourage students to complete this work. There is a tracking sheet in their revision folders that you can use to track and monitor their engagement with home learning tasks. These are explicitly linked to the GCSEs so students should be completing them on paper and keeping them in the relevant divider of their folders.

Encourage students to ask as many questions as possible and get involved with the various activities and learning experiences on offer!

Look out for revision tips on our Twitter page @PHS_EngDept

Read and re-read your GCSE English Literature texts. There is a production of An Inspector Calls being performed at the Lowry in January, we would definitely recommend you to book tickets if you can!

Check through lesson notes and ask your teacher to clarify anything you are unsure about.



Students have now begun their GCSE pathway. Students have completed two assessments and these should have given them an idea of where they are currently working at.

Students will be completing an assessment in the week beginning 13th January. This will give the students another opportunity to experience GCSE style questioning without the pressure of it being a formal exam. Students should use this opportunity to show their understanding of the GCSE style questioning.

Thank you for all of your hard work year 10 and well done on such a brilliant half term. Have a lovely and restful holiday and we will look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 4th November.




All students will have completed their first assessments for Biology, Chemistry and Physics and have received feedback in class.

There will be a second assessment for each Science during the next half term.

Revision resources

If you did NOT purchase either revision guides or a subscription to, and would like to purchase yourself, the links are listed below:

Double Science revision guides:

Higher tier (recommended for students in sets 1 or 2): 

Foundation tier (recommended for students in sets 3 and 4):


Triple science students (will need separate ones for Biology, Chemistry and Physics):​​​​​​​


Full details and prices can be found here:


Physical Education


Students have continued to work well in their theory lessons on the topic ‘Engagement Patterns in Physical Education and Sport’

Students have worked well in practical lessons on either football or netball and they have all been given a score for this.

Mr Henderson has emailed all parents regarding video evidence for GCSE PE – please make sure you read this and contact him if you have any queries. 

Cambridge National Sport

Students have continued with their good start to this course looking at the topic ‘Sport and the Media’. They have been working on the second assignment and this has been marked and handed back to students to make improvements.

Students have continued with football and badminton in practical lessons and have worked well to make sure that they score as high as possible for this.

Core PE

Students have been working well in core PE on the whole and on the different activities they are on.

Please continue to bring the correct PE kit, take part with enthusiasm and be active in your PE lessons.

We now have a ‘PE Personality of the Half Term’ each half term. Can you be awarded with this?


Tech Award

Students have started working on key topics including Payment Methods, Financial Documents and Breakeven. Students can check their understanding using the revision guide available on Amazon The exam is in May 2020 and past papers can be accessed here



It has been an absolute pleasure to get to listen to the new Year 10 GCSE students perform on their instrument (including voice) throughout this term.  We have some very talented performers and they have already impressed me at the beginning of their journey in GCSE Music.  Next term the students will be working on their ensemble performance.  This is very similar to the solo except this time you must have another live person performing in your performance piece.  There are plenty of books in the department which have some excellent ensemble pieces to play at GCSE level.


Polite reminder

Could I please take this opportunity to clarify the school rules regarding coats. We encourage students to wear a coat to and from school we just ask that they put them in their locker or bag once inside the building.

Hoodies/sweatshirts are not part of the school uniform and must not be worn under blazers this included being a replacement for a coat on the way to and from school.

Hoodies/sweatshirts will be confiscated.

We appreciate parents invest a lot of money in school coats please make sure they are named as if they are misplaced it is easier for them to be returned if found.


A word from Mrs Handby

I would like to add my thanks to everyone who has supported the year team with regards to excellent attendance and punctuality at key stage 4, could I please remind parents and carers to book routine medical appointments outside the school day.

In January I will be running ‘drop in’ sessions for parents and carers to call in to reception from 7.30 – 8.45 am on Monday and on Friday afternoons 3pm- 5.30pm to allow an opportunity to speak face to face. Mrs Warburton will be in attendance on Monday morning ‘drop in’s’ to support with any medical enquires.

Thank you for all of your hard work year 10 and well done on such a brilliant first term. Have a lovely and restful Christmas holiday and we will look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 6th January 2020.

Please contact us if there are any issues or if you have any questions at all.


Thank you for your continued support.


Rhian Dempsey ( )                                           

Director of Learning to key stage 4


A Handby ( )

Welfare Leader to key stage 4