Becoming a successful GCSE student
Years 10 and 11 mark a very intense period of study under the British system as students begin to prepare for, and then take, examinations known as (I)GCSEs – (International) General Certificates of Secondary Education.
Students will be expected to be more independent in their study habits and to start to enter into a regular revision programme whereby they are reviewing and revisiting topics they have covered in preparation for the examinations they will take at the end of Year 11. We would expect students in Years 10 and 11 to be studying for approximately 1½ hours per evening in order to make good progress – this study time will not always be directed by class teachers via homework tasks and it is important for pupils to undertake private study and review any gaps in their understanding.
Attendance is another key factor to success at IGCSE. If your child is sick and needs to stay at home they should contact friends or teachers using their school-provided email address and Google Classroom page in order to remain on top of any work they are missing. Attendance rates of 95% are expected of all Year 10 and 11 students; please note that attendance of 90% represents one day off every two weeks or approximately 240 lost learning hours over the two-year course – the impact of low or non-attendance on a pupil’s final attainment is obvious.
Year 10 & 11 Curriculum
Students in Years 10 & 11 study a core curriculum and are also able to choose two optional subjects. Compulsory subjects include:
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Optional IGCSE Subjects
(Subject to demand)
Personal, Social & Health Education
Panamanian History and Geography
Lessons are normally delivered in double periods (1h 40).
Compulsory and optional IGCSE subjects will culminate in examinations at the end of Year 11. Early entry for Year 9 and 10 typically include Spanish and English as an additional language. Please note that these examinations are externally set, marked and moderated by one of two examination boards. (I)GCSE is a highly regarded qualification which is accredited by OfQual and currently examined, in our school, by CIE(Cambridge) and Pearson (Edexcel).
Examination timetables are set by the boards each year and cannot be altered. Speaking and practical examinations can take place as early as March of Year 11 whilst written examinations normally take place from the beginning of May until the end of June. It is imperative that parents do not book any holidays for pupils in Year 11 after Christmas as any examinations that are missed cannot be taken at another time and normally result in an X (NO RESULT) grade in the final exam.
Assessment, Recording, Reporting and Tracking
Pupils in Years 10-11 are currently assessed against the existing GCSE criteria using a scale of 9-1(9 being the highest available grade). You will receive three reports each year and will also be invited in to meet with your child’s Form Tutor and Subject Teachers.
In the January of Year 11, all students sit “Mock” examinations which serve to provide a snapshot of where the pupils sit on their flightpath and provide a better indication of possible outcomes in the formal GCSE examinations.
Official results are usually released at the end of August. Students have online secure access to their results on results day. Original certificates are posted to the school at the end of November and can be collected from our Admissions Office.