Dear Parent/Guardian

Careers Update – Parent Briefing

  • You and your child are invited into school on Tuesday 26 November 2019 to join us at our Careers Fair.  Please send an email to, (using “Careers Fair” as the subject) if you would like to reserve a place.  The Careers Fair will take place in the North Site Hall and Gym, from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.  Representatives from different employment sectors, education and training providers will be available, please see attached list of attendees who are available to attend the event; unfortunately, some of the providers who we invited were unable to join us but they may be able to offer a careers talk at a later date.

  • Students are able to access support about their career plans throughout Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form.  They can discuss ideas with their subject teachers, form tutors or they can speak to Miss Emmerson, our Pathways Guidance Co-ordinator.  Miss Emmerson can be contacted using the Careers Advice email address:; by visiting the Careers Room in the Learning Resource Centre or by booking an appointment via   Students have been invited through their school email address to sign up to their own year group Careers NewsFeed in Google Classroom to receive the latest career updates, news and information.  Has your child seen the email invitation?

Yours faithfully

Mr Fish (Curriculum Leader – Student Guidance)

Miss Emmerson (Pathways Guidance Co-ordinator)

Mr Dewar (Assistant Principal)

In October, Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form held its first ever MFL Bake Off, and what a resounding success it was!

There were different categories where students had to research a traditional recipe from a European Country, or bake a cake decorated with a European theme.

The volume of entries received was phenomenal and the baking and cake decorating talent was outstanding. It was a challenge for our judges to pick a winner! Once the judging was complete, students and staff were able to buy a slice of the entries and a whopping £353.40 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support! There was a fantastic buzz around the school on the day of the competition and students are already planning their entries for next year!

Newsletter – Issue 5 – November 2019


Dear Parent/Guardian

The Year 9 Parent Consultation Evening will be held in the South Site Hall on Wednesday 20 November 2019 between 3.30 pm and 6.25 pm.

To book an appointment, please logon to the ‘My Child at School’ online facility after 10.00 am on Wednesday 13 November 2019, via the school website.

If you are unable to book an appointment and would like to speak to any of your child’s teachers please email and a request for a telephone call will be forwarded to the required teachers.  If your son/daughter is taught by two teachers for one subject, they will need to confirm which teacher you are required to book appointments for.

Students current grades will shortly be available on ‘My Child At School’. 

As you know, we place great emphasis on parent/student opinion and, as such, would be grateful if you would take a few moments to complete the questionnaire and submit it at the desk before you leave.

Please be aware there is restricted access in the South Site Hall.  If you require any assistance, please contact us prior to the evening and we will be happy to help.

If you are travelling by car, please be considerate to our neighbours and use the Park and Stride sites.

Yours faithfully

Mrs L Vereen

Assistant Principal

Dear Parent/Guardian

The English department, would like to offer some information which will serve to assist you in supporting your child’s progress towards successful GCSE English examinations.

The curriculum and examination process in English Language and Literature requires these skills:

  • Comparing and evaluating points of view and perspectives conveyed in articles, letters, blogs, diaries, and extracts from novels and other texts across time between the 19th Century and current day.
  • Analysing how the language in texts provides implicit information about perspectives and values by looking at language and structure closely and explaining how these choices lead us to understand writer’s purpose and motive.
  • Identifying and explaining the effects of words, literary techniques and dramatic methods on audiences or readers and using a range of subject terminology in these answers.

We are doing all we can to help your child approach the examinations with confidence and success, however it is important to know that homework and revision are, more than ever, a necessary part of your child being prepared for the four English examinations.  Please see the attached list of ways your child could prepare for the Language and Literature examinations.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.  We thank you for your support in helping us prepare your child for their examinations in such an important subject.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Evans

Curriculum Leader – English

Some ways students should revise would be:

  • Learn subject terminology from their Key Stage 4 key knowledge sheets.  

How? Flashcards, memory games and quizzes.  The list is available in the Google Drive Year 11 revision folder emailed to your child and on Show My Homework.

  • Read a range of non-fiction and fiction extracts (story openings, letters, articles) from different time periods and compare the language styles and tone, structure (time sequenced plots, methods to engage the reader) and perspectives (values and beliefs).

How?  The LRC offers a range of books your child can take out and compare openings of stories and styles of non-fiction writing.

  • Improve vocabulary to manage the 19th century and 20th century literature they will need to understand.  

How?  Scan the newspapers and learn a new word each week

  • Improve their understanding of how punctuation is used to create effect, or ensure their own accuracy using it


  • A link to education quizzes online has been given to all Year 11 students on Google Drive.
  • Practise writing everyday using accurate punctuation.
  • Read and notice punctuation for pace and effect.
  • Practise skills and examination technique and timings using the tasks, therapies and practice papers with mark schemes and tutorials on the Google Classroom for all Year 11 students.  
  • Watch Mr Bruff videos on all examination questions
  • Revise the literature texts by using revision guides, making mind-maps of the themes and characters, making storyboards of the plots, learning key quotations from the poems, plays and novels. Use key knowledge sheets to guide you.

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