Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Year 11 Exam Leave

Dear Parent/ Carer,

We are fast approaching the GCSE examinations for 2015 which begin in the main on Tuesday 5th May. I am writing to you today to explain the examination leave arrangements for Year 11.

As you will be aware from your child and through meetings with their teachers, the GCSE examinations over recent years have become more challenging both in their content and the changing grade boundaries that have risen. This means students have to perform better in exams to reach their expected grades than in previous years.

In order to help your child to reach their potential OSCA is changing its approach to study leave. In previous years Year 11 would leave shortly before their first exam and return to school only for examinations. This year we want to make use of some of the crucial time during the examinations, when students have no exams.

Students will remain in school until Friday 12th June, when the bulk of their exams are completed. During this time we will of course offer the highest support to our students, and ensure lesson time is focussed on revision and study for each exam. Once exams are completed in a particular subject we will use the lesson time to focus on other subjects. So for example, once English language exams are completed students will use English lesson time to prepare for English Literature and Film Studies exams later in the Month. After this date students need only attend the Academy to sit external exams.

We will also be providing quiet study spaces for students before exams, and some timings of the day will become more flexible to allow students to prepare fully.

We will hold our Leavers Assembly on Wednesday 24th June 2pm.  I do hope that you are able to join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of our students over the last 5 years here at OSCA.  Details of this event will follow nearer the day.

Our students are a credit to the academy, and to you as parents. We wish them the very best of luck, and hope they achieve the great results they deserve in August.

Yours faithfully

Mr Myk Wagstaff
Progress Director KS4/KS5