End of year Blog

As always, the summer term has been incredibly busy. As well as all of the examinations at KS4 and KS5, we have hosted the wonderful Year 6 students on their transition days as well as the Vaudeville Cluster putting on their latest spectacular, Disney’s High School Musical. 

It's great to see…

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Category: Headteacher Blog

End of term review

The Spring term has flown by and hopefully the weather will start to improve in the next few weeks! It has been a short but exciting half term with a lot of activities both inside and outside of school. We have had trips abroad, charity work and inter form competitions and the production of…

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Category: Headteacher Blog

Maths across the curriculum

I would just like to share some of the positive instances of Maths across the curriculum and good marking practice I gratefully received during the last focus fortnight.

As usual I was pleased to see such a variety of mathematical activities being used in other subjects, and also see marking…

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Category: Teaching & Learning Blog

Honey I Shrunk the Assessment Cycle!

Our Marking Policy in school has three non-negotiable aspects to it and of those the most important is that departments offer summative assessment prior to formative assessment.

If you’re not a teacher, that jargon means that before students do a final assessment in which they get a grade, they…

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Category: Teaching & Learning Blog

Year 11 Specifications and Past Papers

Y11 Specifications and Past Papers

Please follow the links to access the specifications for each subject.  We have also added links to any past papers there are available.  PLEASE NOTE: due to these being new GCSEs there is a limited amount of past paper material. If a subject is left blank it…

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Category: KS4 Blog

Changing the context!

This Tip of the Week was all about trying to freshen up delivery of the core aspects that each subject depends on, so that students remain engaged over time. It's particularly relevant for those lessons where students might be less likely to be focused off their own bat (we're looking at you,…

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Category: Teaching & Learning Blog

October 2017

It has been a busy start back to the school year for Key Stage 3! So much has been going on already this year that it is very difficult to cover all of it.

Earlier this half term, our fantastic new Year 7 students were fantastic ambassadors at the Year 6 Open Evening. It was a really lovely…

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Category: KS3 Blog

Mind Mapping with Mr Davies

Welcome to the first post in The Joseph Rowntree School's Teaching and Learning blog.  To start off, here's a video about mind-mapping - a handy revision technique for students grappling with exams at all Key Stages.  If you have attended our revision evenings then you may already be familiar…

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Category: Teaching & Learning Blog

Easter 2017

A number of our subjects have added some really exciting aspects to their schemes of work this half term in Key Stage 3, with so many different opportunities offered to our students.

2 of our year 8 history classes attend pick me up theatres one man performance of Private Peaceful at the John…

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Category: KS3 Blog

World Book Day 2017

Thursday 2nd March saw World Book day being celebrated by our KS3 year groups here in school. As you can see, many of our staff arrived for work that day dressed as a character from a favourite book! There were lots of activities throughout the day in lessons linked to world book day, from…

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Category: KS3 Blog

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! January is a time to look back on the first term of the academic year and what has gone well and what we could improve even more.  Lots of people also set fresh targets or New Year’s resolutions for the year ahead.  In Key Stage 3 assemblies during our first full week back in 2017…

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Category: KS3 Blog