KS4 at West Hill
As your son enters his final years at West Hill, it is essential that he takes ownership of his own learning if he is to achieve the results he deserves at GCSE.
During the school day there are many opportunities to study independently.
Year 11 pupils have sole access to an IT room from 7.30am each morning. IT rooms are available to all pupils at the end of the school day.
In Form Time the expectation is that he will complete silent study three mornings a week.
All Year 10 & 11 pupils have one hour of supervised study each week. Revision schedules and strategies are shared with them during these sessions.
Homework Club is available from 3.00pm – 4.00pm each Thursday.
It is important that your son establishes a routine in which he completes, and revisits his school work, on a regular basis. Ideally there should be a quiet area in the home, free from the temptations of social media, in which he can focus. Working in sessions of 45 minutes is often the most productive, even more so when an element of testing is introduced. We recommend completing two sessions a day.
The school website has links to a wealth of resources that your son can use.
|Each subject area||Provides an outline of the course your son is studying and links to further resources in that subject|
PP’s showing parents how to use them
A range of applications available across many Apple and Android as well as via a web browser on desktop/laptops
Website used in school for learning resources, homework and revision.
Learning resources, assessments and digital copies of textbooks
PiXL have created a series of subject-specific resources for KS4 to help develop their independence. These are available in the school's VLE (your son will need to use his network login details to access the page).
|Revision resources and strategies||These are available on the VLE here. (Requires log in.)|
|Provisional GCSE timetable for Y11||https://www.westhillschool.co.uk/examinations/timetables|
How can you help your son?
Explain that he has to take responsibility for his own learning. Encourage him to get into good habits. He will need to manage his time effectively. This can be done through a Study Timetable. More importantly, he needs to realise that he will “get the results he deserves”.
West Hill School subscribes to a group called PiXL and they have produced the resource below specifically for parents to help them supporting their children:
Parents' Guides for Year 11
Important dates this term
Wednesday 7th November - Mock exams in English (Paper 1 Language) and Maths
Thursday 6th December - Parents' Consultation Evening