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I write at the end of another successful and busy term, many of the highlights of which you can read about in the following pages. This term I have made a conscious effort to increase the amount of time I spend with some of our most successful, hardworking and well behaved pupils. In particular, each week I meet formally with two pupils who have been nominated by their Head of House for all round excellence, and it has been the highlight of my week, talking to them about their education and aspirations. It also reminds me on a weekly basis how lovely our pupils are, and how the overwhelming majority of them get it right most of the time! This week we also held our House assemblies when we recognised individual achievements across the academy.  Congratulations to all our pupils who have achieved so much this term.

Next term external examinations begin for Year 11. Revision should already be well underway. Please do ask to see your children’s revision timetable and their notes, and help them to find a quiet dedicated space to study. Many research projects have conclusively shown that the two most important factors in examination success are sleep and hydration. With that in mind, please ensure your child arrives each day refreshed and after having had a good breakfast. Exam success is not a chance event: you need to plan, revise and practise for success.

On the subject of exams, you will be aware that, following the changes to the GCSE assessments, the amount of controlled assessments has been reduced and the coursework element has been eliminated. This means that the final exams that pupils sit at the end of Year 11 are even more important. It is vital that pupils are developing their examination techniques and revision strategies as early as possible so that they perform to their full potential, which is why we have three formal exam weeks for all years.  In many respects, pupils should now view their GCSEs as a five year course that starts from the moment they join The Ebbsfleet Academy in Year 7.


With best wishes for the Easter break,

Alison Colwell


Principal Blog / Updated: 30/03/2017

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