Friday, March 16, 2018

English homework/revision

Beginning next Thursday, up until you leave, we are holding an AM drop-in session for Year 11 students who want a space to complete some English homework/revision prior to starting the day. There will be some breakfast items there as some encouragement! This will be facilitated by English staff.

The sessions are Thursday AM from 7.45-8.30 in 915.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Top 5 Revision Blogs

It is always helpful to have a few more ideas on how to approach revision, here are our 5 most popular blogs on different techniques that can help students get the most out of their time:
  • How to Actually Use Retrieval Practice - Not all revision techniques are equal. Some are very effective while others make little impact. One of the most effective revision methods is retrieval practice, also known as the testing effect.
  • Sleep - A Powerful Revision Technique - Despite spending on average over 20 years of our life doing it, the benefits of sleep are often not spoken about clearly and explicitly to students. 
  • 5 Ways to Maximise Revision Time - There is no doubt that for many, last minute cramming and after school revision sessions will be the strategy of choice. But is there a better way? 
  • 15 Ways to Maximise Memory - “Memory is the diary we all carry about with us” so said Oscar Wilde. But are some people’s diaries more accurate than others? What happens if you can’t naturally remember lots of things?
  • 10 Ways to Revise Better - We've looked through the research to find how students can improve their memory, mood and concentration. Here are 10 simple tips that are the best ways to revise.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Closing dates for Yr 11 College applications:

Closing dates for Yr 11 College applications: •St Anne’s Sixth Form – Fri 26 Jan •Barton Peveril – Fri 16 Feb •Eastleigh College – Wed 28 Feb •Fareham College/Cemast – Wed 28 Feb

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Developing Web Product Exam How to get a better mark!

  1. Read through and highlight the exam questions
  2. The banner needs to be the full width but not height of the page and include the logo and another image and saved as a PNG and make sure it is less than 250kb
  3. Include a footer if required also
  4. Make sure all images are correct for the scenario if the web page is on ice cream don't put pictures of tress into it!
  5. If any images have writing please ensure that the writing is easily readable not too small
  6. Link the pages as instructed with the exam paper
  7. Link to email need to be mail to
  8. Link to external websites need http://
  9. Add rollover images image same size on both sides
  10. Add hot spots if required
  11. Convert all film to mp4 or m4v format
  12. Use text box and Hex colour to follow brief and instructions
  13. Web Page must fit on screen no sideways scrolling!
  14. Don't just copy text add titles, sub titles, bold, italics, white space use colour palettes, change text size
  15. Use a white or a cream background which is easy to read black text on
  16. Edit the images that you use don't just insert what you are given crop or make a montage
  17. Edit and add to the text you are given and lay it out including presentational features such as headings and sub headings, bullets, emboldened text, coloured backgrounds and varied the font, font size and colour
  18. Don't use the standard fonts but something different but that is easy to read
  19. Whatever layout you use do the same to all pages
  20. Suggest possible improvements to your website and explain how these would enhance the outcome
  21. Don't just describe what you have done in your evaulation but why
  22. Include reference to the audience and purpose of the site why you made the decisions you did
  23. Make sure you complete the Alt text when inserting images
  24. Take Print screens of what you have done to help accessibility to your website and put them into your evaluation

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Crash Course on Study Skills

You may already know about this, but CrashCourse on YouTube has some really useful stuff for a variety of subjects.

I just stumbled across a Study Skills section that might be of use for revision

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Macbeth_Insights @GCSE_Macbeth


Working through Macbeth, one useful idea at a time. Created by an English teacher and GCSE examiner; not affiliated with a school or exam board.
It's a twitter account that tweets out lines from the play with analysis.

Monday, November 27, 2017

National Citizen Service (NCS) summer 2018 programme

I am delighted to let you know that this year your child will be given the opportunity to register their interest in the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer 2018 programme - an exciting, unique opportunity which connects young people from different backgrounds across Hampshire, builds confidence and inspires them to make a positive impact in their local area.

Personal Best Education (Mountbatten School Services Ltd) is the local provider of NCS, a government-funded programme. We deliver a part-residential programme which consists of 3 phases, Monday to Friday, after exams in the summer.

Why do NCS?
Young people meet a network of amazing people
It boosts employability skills
It makes students CV’s and UCAS statements stand out
Young people can access future opportunities from top employers
Young people face new challenges and learn a variety of skills
Gives young people a chance to get their voice heard!

Is it for my young person?
In one word – YES! NCS is a chance for 15 to 17-year-olds* to come together and achieve amazing things. Let's face it – life's too short to be stuck indoors. So why not kick-start
their future with a summer they will never forget! Thanks to government backing, the most you'll ever pay for this unbeatable experience is £50, but this cost could be less or even free depending on your circumstances. If you sign up before Christmas you will get this fantastic opportunity for £35. This provides you with transport (from our designated drop off and pick up point), food and accommodation during phases 1 and 2, plus you even get a free sleeping bag, t-shirt and hoodie!

The Programme:
The programme takes place in the summer holidays over 3 or 4 consecutive weeks.

Phase 1: Young people will experience the freedom of being away from home with new friends and get the chance to take part in adrenaline-fueled activities like: coasteering, surfing, total wipeout assault course and high ropes.

Phase 2: During phase two young people stay away from home at a local activity centre. They will take part in a different workshop each day in areas such as: media, sport, performing arts, design and carpentry.  

Phase 3:  Young people now get the chance to put all the skills and experiences developed in phases1 and 2 into practice as a team, agreeing on a social action project that will make a difference to their local area.

Graduation: It's time to celebrate in style. We think it's only right that young people and their team should enjoy a well-earned reward for doing something truly inspirational in their community.

When can we take part in NCS?
Each programme will run for either 3 or 4 weeks, Monday to Friday, depending on which of the start dates you choose from:

18th June 2018
25th June 2018
2nd July 2018
9th July 2018
16th July 2018
23rd July 2018

Start your amazing journey:
You can visit for more information about the programme and to sign up. You can also contact our local NCS Events coordinator on 07714783565 or email

Places for the programme are on a first come first served basis and early application is advised as the programme has limited spaces. We highly recommend this unique and valuable opportunity and hope you will encourage your child to take part.

*Equivalent to Year 11 and Year 12/First Year of College

Yours sincerely

Harry Draycott
(NCS School Liaison coordinator)

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