Dear Parents and Carers,
Our Year 10 students are now firmly on their very own exciting journeys towards their GCSE Examinations in the Summer of 2019. As a school you have my personal guarantee that all staff will support, nurture, cajole and 'pull out all the stops' in order to prepare each child in the best possible way, including raising each child's aspiration so that they can perform, to do the very best of their ability when it comes to each exam. With the GCSE 'end game' firmly in all the minds of the staff at TGS, I have planned a series of important evening events, in order that each parent has full communication and understanding on what we are doing as we draw closer to the exams. My aim is that the school, our parents and our children work together seamlessly to ensure best outcomes. In my 20 years experience of working in Secondary Schools, the quicker that the students have the realisation of the 'end game', rather than the 'here and now', the better they will do, and a child's best outcomes generally come from a combination of excellent teaching and learning and excellent parental support at home.
Our first Evening Event will take place on Wednesday 17th January 2018 from 6.00pm - 7.00pm. The first part of the evening will be an overview of how GCSE success is relative to student ability, how this success is measured and what we need to do, working together, to achieve success in the Core (English, Maths) and EBACC subjects (Science, Spanish, Geography, History). We will then discuss working in partnership and general preparedness for the rigours of the latter stages of Year 11. There will be ample opportunity to discuss and ask questions with teachers and senior leaders.
This is an important evening and as such I would certainly like 100% attendance by all Year 10 parents and children so that we achieve full coverage and start this momentum towards the exams in a really positive way.
Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hall (Deputy Head), any member of the teaching staff or I, if you have any questions or specific queries related to GCSE exam success.
Please could you complete and return the slip on the printer friendly version of this letter to confirm that you will be in attendance. Please note that any non return will be contacted by telephone.
Head of School