Dear parent/carer, today we will be launching our new SIMS Parent app, which will allow you to view the latest information on your child as well as any important school dates. An email will be sent to the address we have on record with details on how to activate this service. A letter has also been sent home with further information. We look forward to you being able to use this service. Leytonstone School
Please click the link below for the full Options Booklet 2019
Below are the practical exam dates for the new year
|Wednesday 9th January 2019||Periods 1,2,3||09:00||11:30||CiDA Exam|
|Wednesday 16th January 2019||All Day||09:00||15:10||PE Practical|
|Monday 21st January 2019||All Day||09:00||15:10||Food Practical|
|Tuesday 22nd January 2019||All Day||09:00||15:10||Food Practical|
There are still tickets available for the school production of My Fair Lady this evening and tomorrow evening. Performances starts at 7.00 pm and finish about 9.30 pm. Students from across Years 7-11 are involved in the production!
Tickets cost just £6 for adults and £3 for children/senior citizens and are available through ‘Parent Pay’.
To Parents/Carers and Students in Year 11
College Exhibition & Year 11 Mock Interview Day
On Tuesday 27th November from 3.30pm to 5.30pm there will be a number of sixth form schools and colleges in the main hall providing information and advice for your son/daughter as part of their planning for the future. Parents and Carers are also invited.
On Friday 30th November we have our Year 11 Mock Interview day. This is a very useful activity where all year 11 students attend an interview with an external employer who will interview them and give valuable feedback to help them in their real future applications and interviews.
Year 11 students will only come into school on that day for their interviews and will leave as soon as they are complete (approximately one hour). They should come in dressed smartly and appropriately for the interview (this can be uniform). Appointment times for the interviews will be given out on Wednesday.
Now that mocks are over students need to spend this weekend completing the mock application form, personal statement and C.V. which should be emailed or handed into the library by the end of school on Tuesday 27th November. All the information is on MILK. Once these are done, and with advice from the mock interview day, these can be amended and then used in real applications.
|Monday 12th November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:45||English Language Paper 1|
|Monday 12th November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||15:00||Maths Paper 1 Non Calculator|
|Tuesday 13th November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:15||Science Paper 1 Biology Combined|
|Tuesday 13th November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:45||Science Paper 1 Biology Triple|
|Tuesday 13th November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||15:15||English Language Paper 2|
|Wednesday 14th November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:30||Maths Paper 2 Calculator|
|Thursday 15th November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:15||Science Paper 1 Chemistry Combined|
|Thursday 15th November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:45||Science Paper 1 Chemistry Triple|
|Thursday 15th November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||15:15||English Literature|
|Friday 16th November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:30||Maths Paper 3 Calculator|
|Friday 16th November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||14:45||Science Paper 1 Physics Combined|
|Friday 16th November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||15:15||Science Paper 1 Physics Triple|
|Monday 19th November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:15||History Paper|
|Monday 19th November 2018||3 & 4||11:00||15:15||PE Paper|
|Monday 19th November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||15:00||Geography Paper|
|Tuesday 20th November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:45||RE Paper|
|Tuesday 20th November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||14:15||French Listening Higher|
|Tuesday 20th November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||14:05||French Reading Foundation|
|Tuesday 20th November 2018||5 & 6||14:20||14:55||French Listening Foundation|
|Tuesday 20th November 2018||5 & 6||14:20||15:35||French Reading Higher|
|Wednesday 21st November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:45||Food Preperation and Nutrition|
|Wednesday 21st November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||11:00||Design Technology|
|Thursday 22nd November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:30||Computer Science Paper|
|Thursday 22nd November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||15:00||Drama|
|Thursday 22nd November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||15:30||Health and Fitness|
|Friday 23rd November 2018||1 & 2||09:00||10:30||Media Studies|
|Friday 23rd November 2018||5 & 6||13:30||15:15||Music|
|Non core subjects will have one formal exam in the sports hall, students should speak to their class teachers for information on any exams that will take place in class.|
The school will be opening at a later time on Thursday 18th October 2018. Instead of our usual 08:40 start, we will be starting at 10:40.
Registration will run from 10:40-11:00 and then lessons 3-6 are normal, with normal lunch time.
I would like to apologise on behalf of the school that this was not in our usual school calendar and times issued at the beginning of the year or on our school website. Our late opening is due to open evening which runs to 20:30 for staff the previous evening. If this presents any problems in childcare please do let us know as we will have some staff available to supervise and support your child.
As part of our continued school improvement journey, Leytonstone School will be adopting a 2 week timetable model from September 2018. In this letter I would like to take the opportunity to explain what this means, why we think it will benefit students and drive up standards further and also the implications for the timings of the school day. Please be aware that we welcome full discussion with any parent or career about this and will ensure that any concerns you may have will be addressed sensitively and directly.
Currently we operate a 1 week timetable of 25 1 hour lessons. This is a very traditional model and we believe it does not meet the changing nature of learning in 2018 or help address the real challenges of new specifications at GCSE – which I’m sure you are aware have made both styles of assessment radically different and also requires deeper knowledge of all subjects. All GCSE subjects now require students to study knowledge and skills only previously studied at A level. Few subjects have coursework elements and even in these there is a sharp reduction in coursework. Students are assessed through longer and much more challenging terminal exams. There is no modular learning of type seen in the past.
We welcome these changes as they challenge young people and we see them rise to these increased challenges. The new specifications represent better, deeper learning. However, our models of teaching have to adapt so that we can ensure students are fully prepared and confident in meeting the challenges.
A 2 week timetable enables flexibility of timings of lessons as well as allowing for greater learning time to be maximised. Over 2 weeks – week A and week B – we organise 6 lessons a day (rather than the current 5) into 50 min blocks. In reality, most subjects will have 100 minute double lessons – particularly at KS4.
The benefits are manifold. Firstly, more learning time is generated by less movement round the building. This gains an additional 20 minutes a day. Partly movement between lessons is a challenge for us because of the physical layout of our site and the length of time it takes to travel from 1 end to another. The gain in additional learning time over 2 weeks ensures that we can ensure students continue to have a very broad curriculum offer at KS3 and GCSE. Many schools are being forced into decisions to cut down on subjects seen as ‘non-essential’ because of the difficulty of the new assessments through exams. Most schools are only allowing 3 option choices at GCSE. We are committed to 4 option choices for our young people. Narrowing choice is the enemy of inspiration and engagement and we will continue to strongly resist this.
Across the country technology and arts based subjects in particular have taken swinging cuts. At Leytonstone we believe it is essential all students have access to high quality learning in music, drama, art, graphics, textiles, food, product design and resistant materials at KS3. Again and again we see that these subjects can inspire young people along with the traditional academic subjects. We believe that students should choose freely the subjects that they love at GSCE and include business, media studies, PE as well. This timetable model enables us to keep this vision of a broad and deep curriculum a reality.
In addition, shorter lessons in some KS3 students will suit younger children in certain subjects, for example languages where a ‘little but often’ approach is best. Longer 100 minute lessons will be of real benefit in areas such as science where experiments can be more consistently implemented, English where written assessments can be integrated and all practical subjects where students can fully finish projects. So more learning time and better learning are the real benefits.
The day will be slightly longer – by 10 minutes, except for Wednesdays when the school day will end at the end of lunch at 1:30pm. This is to enable rigorous assessment by teachers of students’ work and curriculum planning – critical if we are to fully meet the needs of students with these new challenges. These revised school opening times will present some difficulties we know for families, particularly of younger children. We are committed to supporting families with this and will run a very full extra-curricular offer on Wednesdays so that any child can stay to the normal closing time.
The school day will look as follows:
|08:40 – 09:00||Registration|
|09:00 – 09:50||Period 1|
|09:50 – 10:40||Period 2|
|10:40 – 11:00||Break|
|11:00 – 11:50||Period 3|
|11:50 – 12:40||Period 4|
|12:40 – 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 – 14:20||Period 5|
|14:20 – 15:10||Period 6|