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Hello.  I wanted to speak to all about what went well for me in Year 11 in order to achieve highly in my GCSEs. Obviously everybody is different so I’m not saying it’s my way or the highway but I would really like to just give you some ideas of how to approach your exams from my own experiences.

So year 11 was a really positive year, but there is no question that you will have to really work hard to get the grades that you want. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you are working and revising morning till night, you need to find a balance. This goes for school work, revision, watching the TV and most importantly sleeping. Without sleep you won’t be able to work to your best ability no matter how much revision you put in.

I found that continuing with sports and hobbies was a great way to get away from the exam stress, because a lot of people in my year stopped their dancing and rugby for example, but I found it’s a really good opportunity to get away from all the academic side and go and relax and do something that you love.  

One of the biggest bits of advice I can give is to get organised and start your revision early. From now get your notes all sorted and start to learn them, even if it’s just 30mins to an hour a day because honestly it’ll stick and you will remember these details more when it comes to your exams than the information crammed in the night before. I found that a revision timetable worked really well so I knew exactly what I was doing when I got home and there wasn’t time being wasted thinking what to do.

Year 12 was very different it was a lot harder and elements of it were pretty disappointing for me, especially because of my high standards. So I didn’t get out of the year what I wanted but I learnt a lot from it. And that is if you don’t understand or you don’t feel you are getting everything you should out of your lessons then ask for help. Speak to somebody because the teachers are here for you and they’ll work as hard as you to get you to place where you feel comfortable with the subject.

This is the thing I look back on the most that I had too much pride and when I wasn’t achieving the grades I should of I thought I could do it all myself because ‘I’m Liv Woodward and I can do anything.’

But in reality I needed to seek the help and use the resources that the school is here to provide because now I go and see my teachers daily and it’s given me so much more confidence and understanding.

So this year I’m doing exactly that, I’m acting on what I need to improve. I really think it’s about finding the smaller picture and focusing on it until you get it rather than looking at the subject as a whole. For me the smaller detail is something that I really hate so it is 10 times harder to work hard on it. So mechanics is an area in maths that I really didn’t get and don’t enjoy, and this had never happened to me before so dealing with it was completely new. But I found it was like a jigsaw, you find the edges the easy bit the bit you like about the subject and suddenly you’re motivated to find all the middle pieces, the bits you don’t find as easy. But even though it’s still hard you gradually get closer and closer to the grades that you need.

The last thing I want to say is it’s really important to motivate yourself because these are your exams and no matter how much the teachers can support you, if you don’t believe in yourself and work hard for yourself then it’s going to be 10 times harder to achieve to your potential. In our psychology class 3 of us have this thing called Team Try Hard because we’re not embarrassed to be doing extra work and pushing ourselves to be the best, where I know lower years trying hard would get you called all sorts of names. But you have to look at what’s important and that is that if you motivate yourself to be the best then you will be. We have this Destiny’s Child ranking so we all want to be the Beyoncé of the group and nobody wants to be Michelle, so we push each other to be better. We all got A’s and B's last year so when we started the year on D’s and E's it was really frustrating so we knew we needed to work harder and that’s exactly what we did. At first nothing really changed and it makes you think whether it’s worth it all. But things will click and your progress will just rocket, we came out of the mocks with A's and B's and honestly it’s the most rewarding feeling. So really push yourself beyond what everybody else is doing, because when you move forward to sixth form, college or a job these are the exact skills that you need, so if you are utilising them now then you will be that step ahead of your peers moving forward.

So keep working hard and the best of luck for your exams!

Olivia Woodward, Head Girl, The Coleshill School

Olivia Woodward Head Girl

 

End of Term Letter to Parents

Please see above letter to parents going home with students today (Thursday 11th February).  

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SCIENCE  
Biology - Combined Foundation - Year 11 (DEC 19)  Unit 1 - Cell Biology
   Unit 2 - Organisation
   Unit 3 - Infection
   Unit 4 - Bioenergetics
   Unit 5 - Homeostasis
  Unit 6 - Inheritance
  Unit 7 - Ecology
Biology - Combined Higher - Year 11 (DEC 19) Unit 1 - Cell Biology
  Unit 2 - Organisation
  Unit 3 - Infection & Response
  Unit 4 - Bioenergetics
  Unit 5 - Homeostasis
  Unit 6 - Inheritance
  Unit 7 - Ecology
Biology - Separates - Year 11 (DEC 19) Unit 1 - Cell Biology
  Unit 2 - Organisation
  Unit 3 - Infection & Response
  Unit 5 - Homeostasis and Response
  Unit 6 - Inheritance
  Unit 7 - Ecology
Biology Papers - Year 11 (DEC 19) Paper 1 Higher
  Paper 1 Higher Specimen
  Paper 1 Foundation
  Paper 1 Foundation Specimen

Chemistry - Combined Foundation - Year 11 (DEC 19)

Unit 1 - Atomic Structure
  Unit 2 - Bonding and Structure
  Unit 3 - Quantitative Chemistry
  Unit 4 - Chemical Change
  Unit 5 - Energy Changes
  Unit 6 - Rate of Chemical Change
  Unit 7 - Organic Chemistry
  Unit 8 - Chemical Analysis
  Unit 9 - Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  Unit 10 - Using Resources
Chemistry - Combined Higher - Year 11 (DEC 19)  Unit 1 - Atomic Structure
  Unit 2 - Bonding and Structure
  Unit 3 - Quantitative Chemistry
  Unit 4 - Chemical Change
  Unit 5 - Energy Changes
  Unit 6 - Rate of Chemical Change
  Unit 7 - Organic Chemistry
  Unit 8 - Chemical Analysis
  Unit 9 - Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  Unit 10 - Using Resources
Chemistry Papers - Year 11 (DEC 19) Paper 1 Higher
  Paper 1 Higher Specimen
  Paper 1 Foundation
  Paper 1 Foundation Specimen
  Periodic Table
Physics - Combined - Year 11 (DEC 19)  Unit 1 - Energy
   Unit 2 - Electricity (Combined F)
  Unit 2 - Electricity (Combined H)
  Unit 3 - Particle Model of Matter (Combined H)
  Unit 4 - Atomic Structure (Combined H)
  Unit 5 - Forces (Combined F)
  Unit 5 - Forces (Combined H)
  Unit 6 - Waves (Combined H)
  Unit 7 - Magnetism (Combined F)
  Unit 7 - Magnetism (Combined H)
Physics - Separates - Year 11 (DEC 19) Unit 1 - Energy
  Unit 2 - Electricity
  Unit 3 - Particle Model
  Unit 4 - Atomic Structure
  Unit 5 - Forces
  Unit 6 - Waves
  Unit 7 - Magnetism
  Unit 8 - Space
Physics Papers - Year 11 (DEC 19) Paper 1 Higher
  Paper 1 Higher Specimen
  Paper 1 Foundation
  Paper 1 Foundation Specimen
Seneca Podcasts - Year 11 (DEC 19)

https://www.senecalearning.com/blog/combine-science-gcse-podcasts-by-seneca/

Youtube videos from my GCSE Science - Year 11 (DEC 19)

https://www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=9

   
   
   
   
   
 
   

 

 

 

 
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

The Coleshill School has been following a 4 week tutor and assembly programme around promoting and understanding British Values.

We have learnt about the workings of Democracy and The Rule of Law in the UK and looked at how and why people vote in elections including holding our own elections in tutor groups for the student council.  We have also looked at the Right to Individual Liberty with a particular focus on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Students have also watched videos highlighting the need for tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs before a final assembly where we celebrate Britain as a multi-cultural society.

Students have completed individual work booklets during tutor sessions and been involved in discussion and debates as to what they belief are the key features of being British.

Mr Howard

Assistant Headteacher

2016 02 BritishValues Assembly S

THE COLESHILL SCHOOL - TOP OF THE LEAGUE!

Staff and students at The Coleshill School are celebrating being top of the league tables amongst local schools.  The league tables, published on Thursday 21st January 2016, confirmed that GCSE results from summer 2015 placed the academy top of the league tables on a number of measures.

  • Top for the number of students achieving a C or better pass in English and mathematics (62%)
  • Joint top for the number of students achieving 5A*-C including English and mathematics (61%)
  • 99% of students achieved 5 or more A*-G grades, the joint highest of local schools

As well as these chart topping scores, Coleshill also had significant increases in progress, with English well above national average for the number of students achieving expected progress (78%), and a huge 13% increase in mathematics  (66%).   A Level results were also our best ever with almost a third of grades awarded at A*-B.

Our current Year 11 students are working exceptionally hard and are set to go well beyond the 2015 results.  We are looking forward to being very positive in the new measures for Progress 8 and anticipate excellent A Level results.

The academy, now a member of The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, is going from strength to strength with record numbers of students applying for an increased Year 7 of 210 for September 2016.  We are also pleased to see the number of students applying to sixth form, including external candidates, significantly increasing for the next academic year.

For any prospective families who wish to join our school please book a tour with Vanessa Barnes, Transition Manager.  We will be happy to give you a student led tour of the school and a meeting with senior staff.

There has never been a better time to join The Coleshill School!