At Plashet we consider the transition from Primary school to Year 7 to be of the utmost importance; with this in mind we strive to make that transition as smooth as possible for the students. We invite our new cohort into Plashet at the end of Year 6 to experience two Taster days in which they participate in lessons, meet their classmates and form tutor and are introduced to a Summer Task which encourages families to experience London culture together in preparation for September by visiting a museum or other cultural centre.
During the academic year there are a range of opportunities for parents to meet with the Year 7 Team – the Parental Engagement Evening in the first half term, Year 7 Parents’ Evening at which subject teachers and tutors are available to meet with parents to discuss their daughter’s progress. Additionally there is regular monitoring of student progress through our reporting and data collection cycle, which for Year 7 begins with CATS testing in the first half term in addition to assessment and learning data collected by all departments, particularly EAL/SEND. At Plashet we are committed to ensuring that there is personalised learning and, if necessary, intervention for students who need it.
There are also a range of extra-curricular activities for year 7 to enjoy at Plashet, such as the Enrichment program which takes place fortnightly, the Pantomime trip and in the summer term day trips to the activities centre at Port Lympne.
A great start to an enjoyable and aspirational time as a Plashet student!
Throughout Year 8 we remain committed to not only increasing our students’ academic progress, but also in working with them to develop their love of learning and learning orientated behaviours. We believe that to manage the pursuit of excellence in their studies, our students must deliberately practice different learning orientated behaviours. In increasing their resilience and supporting students in the belief that their intelligence in not fixed, we believe we can contribute to maximising every students potential.
Therefore throughout year 8, students will continue to practice the following skills. We call these the ‘Plashet Practices’:
We have designed a tutorial programme to support students in doing this. Students also revisit these skills on a regular basis to assess the development they are making.
Plashet Pride Award
Every term, students in each tutor group nominate a student in their form for the Plashet Pride award. This award is for those students who have demonstrated a growth mindset and maximum development in each of the Plashet Practices. Students are required to evidence their decisions. Each student awarded receives a certificate and uniform pin. There are three levels of Plashet practice award available: Bronze, silver and Gold.
Year 8 Residential Experience
At Plashet we believe there are a number of skills our students need to develop if they are to become successful and lifelong learners. Education research has shown that outdoor pursuits have a high impact on a student’s ability to develop the physical habits of mind to make them better learners. In turn developing resilience, independent thinking and decision making skills, being independent and contributing to teamwork will make students better learners and increase their chances of educational success at GCSE.
Students in Year 8 are invited to participate in a residential experience at a leading Outdoor Activity Centre. Students will have the opportunity to experience a number of different outdoor pursuits including archery, climbing, canoeing, fencing, raft building and zip wire. Students will also benefit from a packed evening entertainment schedule including drama, talent shows and film appreciation.
Year 8 Charity Work
Every year, our students participate in our annual ‘Charity Challenge Week’. During this week students participate in a range of different activities to raise money for a number of different charitable causes. Weeks of planning and preparation go into students fund raising events. These often include activities such as, bottle top collections, penny trials, cake bakes and sales and a range of competitions.
This year the charities students have chosen to support are:
- MacMillian Cancer Trust
- Un bouchon, Un Sourire
- Anchor House
- Cancer Research
- MS Society
- Orphans Appeal
The Year 9 tutor team are dedicated to supporting and guiding the students through a very important stage in their academic career. Year 9 is the final year of Key Stage 3 and marks an important transition through option choices, to the start of Key stage 4 and GCSEs. A special Arts assembly marks this transition at the end of the year where the student’s achievements are celebrated. The students will consolidate their skills and knowledge in a variety of subjects to enable them to cope with the demands of the formal exams, which they will undertake at a later stage.
As a year team we recognise the importance of encouraging excellent attendance and punctuality in order for the students to make rapid (outstanding) progress and to this end we reward their achievements in assembly. We recognise that good behaviour is paramount to the students learning and achieving their best and the students are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour. We want our students to feel safe and happy and to this end we listen to our students and act on their concerns. Form tutors will regularly review their progress and identify any concerns so that the appropriate interventions can be put in place. In preparation for Key Stage 4 we offer the students opportunities to take on responsibilities such as peer mediation for younger students.
Along the way the students will also have the opportunity to visit France with the Languages department and visit an outdoor pursuits centre in the summer term as part of the schools Activities Day offer. The students are encouraged to contribute to and take part in year group assemblies. They will study a number of topics in CPSHE lessons to learn to become good citizens and prepare them for the challenges in later life. They will have the opportunity to take part in fund raising activities so that they can learn to work as a team and take responsibility for making and/or selling products.
The Year 9 tutor team recognises the importance of the students making the right option choices and are there to guide the students through one of the most important decisions they will have to make in their school career. There will be an options evening where parents and students are guided through the options process. With parental help and support we can make sure that the right decisions are made and the student is supported and nurtured in their studies.
We look forward to working with you this year and appreciate your continued support.
Year 10 students have moved swiftly into their important Key Stage 4 courses, fully appreciating the demands in terms of quantity of content, assessments and deadline. The necessity for students to be organised, resourceful, committed and independent is now very much upon them, and these skills will assist and support them in their individual journeys to personal success and achievement.
Below is a few of the many exciting opportunities the year 10 students will encounter during the year.
“Poetry Live” in early December – all year 10 students will travel to the Dominion Theatre to take part in “Poetry Live” along with around a thousand students from various London Schools. The students will have lectures from various poets to inspire them and give exam advice to support their work in English.
“Studying Made Simple” in late February. This a one day training program for year 10 students which teaches them studying techniques and strategies to use during their GCSE courses and in their revision for GCSE exams. The course is delivered by ‘Made’ training, an organisation specialising in supporting young people in raising achievement.
Work experience starts in late March for two weeks. All year 10 students will experience what it is like in the world of work in a variety of placements, some of which students have set up for themselves. This will form the basis of their work related learning. The skills learnt will assist them in preparing for their future careers.
This is just a snippet of some of the opportunities, trips and experiences available to Year 10 in what is a very busy two year programme.
Year 11 is one of the most exciting, challenging and important times in your daughter’s education. It concludes the formal journey of secondary education with the public GCSE examinations and marks the transition from KS4 to KS5 and post 16 education.
At Plashet we aim to ensure that your daughter is fully equipped to take on the challenges of life with tenacity, optimism, resilience and faith that her hard work will reap generous rewards. We work in partnership with families to achieve this with outstanding results over the years and we hope this tradition continues.
The key points of contact are the Form tutors, and Year Co-ordinator and Assistant Year Co-ordinator These members of staff meet regularly with your daughter and have an overview of her progress. We value good attendance, punctuality, purposeful application to studies and participation in whole school events.
Year 11 participate in a range of activities outside of the formal curriculum to support their studies
We encourage our students to take full responsibility for their learning. They need to make effective use of their planners to record homework and to self-monitor their attendance and punctuality. We encourage families and parents to support us with this by checking the school planner and signing it at the end of each week.
We strongly encourage your daughter to attend extra-curricular clubs that support her studies for example, Art Club, DT Club and Music club. We also run a range of Maths and English booster classes to support your daughter and would ask you to support her attendance at these classes.
Should you have any queries please do contact your daughter’s form tutor or Year Co-ordinator Team.