Academic: Year 11

Updated: Wed 3 Apr 2019   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Head of Year 11, 2018-19

Dr Martyn Fisher




Year 11 represents the most important stage of boys' school careers so far. The academic pace and complexity of lessons increases, as well as the volume and frequency of pieces of coursework and controlled assessments being at their peak in the Christmas term, and continuing right through to April. 

Most boys will have likely taken some initial GCSE’s in the summer of Year 10. The first task of the year for boys is to look at how well they have done in these key milestone exams, with their classroom teachers and tutors, to see where any potential strengths and weaknesses can be identified in their performance, to help inform any adjustments that need to be made for the crucial year ahead.

The year represents an important transition point in a boy’s education, with an emphasis being placed from the outset of the year in September on transition to our VI form. Boys are expected to continue to develop increasingly mature approaches to their studies by putting increased value on their own learning, as well as beginning to work independently more often and more effectively. They are also expected to start to play a leading role as the flagship of the main school in living up to their senior status and future members of our VI form by taking part in activities such as helping staff with the running of extracurricular clubs for younger boys, as well as playing a key role in events such as prospective parents evening.  

Expected standards for all boys conduct and behaviour in Year 11 are as high as ever. Boys are expected to take full responsibility for their own actions, as well as rise to the challenge of their new role as the flagship of the main school, and subsequent need for them to set an example to all  younger boys. In addition to this, boys are also increasingly aware of their role as ambassadors for the school, as well as our own collective as a year group and all who support them, at home and at school. Boys achievements are frequently celebrated through regular assemblies, delivered by senior leaders in the school as well as tutors.

An exceptional team of tutors (who have developed an in depth knowledge of their tutees since the start of Year 9) are dedicated to overseeing all progress in the pastoral as well as academic sense, with their wealth of experience, and ability to give the best advice to students being invaluable in helping to ensure that all students realise their full potential.

All boys in Year 11 are expected to take an active role in engaging with extracurricular activities in their chosen fields, whether it be in sport, music, drama, debating or any of the many other options that the school has to offer. Boys have many additional pressures on their time during the course of the year, with them also being expected to attend numerous extra support and revision sessions across their subjects throughout this most crucial of years. However, all boys are also expected, encouraged and supported to maintain all of their usual extra curricular commitments in what is an exceptionally busy year in their lives, as an important way of showing their commitment to the wider life of the school, as well as it being an important release for their energies in what is a challenging but ultimately rewarding year for all involved.  

From putting in a fantastic performance at the crescendo of their GCSE courses, to improving public speaking; scoring tries, to representing the school in music and drama, Year 11 is a time of vital importance as well as rich development that lays the firm foundations needed for successful progress into our VI form and beyond.


Dr Martyn Fisher
Head of Year 11, 2018-19