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KS4 Options Booklet

Key Stage 4 Course Guide 2021-23 final CB_KS4_Options_190121

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Update from the Headteacher

From today we are setting lessons as per students timetables. All lessons, with the exception of History and PE in Years 7,8 and 9 ( due to staff illness) will have some live contact each lesson from the subject teacher. Whilst this is an improvement on just setting worksheets or tasks, we have become very […]

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Homeschooling Tips for Parents

So here we are again. We are starting to get used to remote learning but it’s not easy or  normal. Helping your child navigate online learning can still be quite daunting, especially  when it’s placed on top of having to manage your own from-home workload. We’ve put this  blog together to help you get through the next few weeks.    A key thing to note is that virtual school, while a bit more familiar, is still a new concept so  there will be challenges along the way. Giving you and your child regular breaks will help to  hinder frustrations, improve their focus and keep things positive. It’s incredibly important  not to be too hard on yourself!     So how can we make the most of online learning? First of all, it’s a good idea to get into a  routine that works for you and your child. Having a consistent schedule can help you both to  get into the right mindset, especially if it reflects the school day they’re used to. Again, this  is where making sure to plan breaks and breathers is crucial! This can consist of long lunch  breaks with the chance to go outside, eat and completely detach from schoolwork, but also  the allowance to take five in order to slow down and relieve stress when things are getting a  bit more difficult.    If possible, finding a space in your home that can be designated to schoolwork can also be  really helpful, as it’s a great way to separate ‘school time’ and ‘home time’.  On top of this, it  can also help you to limit and control distractions.    Lastly, consider setting achievable goals to motivate your child. For instance, splitting large  projects into smaller tasks can make them appear less overwhelming, ultimately helping  them to feel more confident and productive. It also helps to praise and reward good  behaviour and finished tasks!    This is by no means an exhaustive or prescriptive list, but hopefully you can make some use  of these tips as we all try our best with our new normal. 

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The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form is here for one reason: to help all of our students realise their dreams.

To do this, we make sure that our young people feel part of our safe and caring community and challenge them to grasp every opportunity that their education offers. They can then leave us with the strongest possible set of exam results, outstanding inter-personal skills and a real understanding about where their passions and talents lie.

These are the qualities and traits that we think are critical to a good education. They open doors for young people, and the more doors that they have open - the more choices that they have.

At Wensleydale there are tangible outcomes to show that we are setting our standards high. Ofsted has praised the work that we do. Our exam results are on a very positive trajectory and exceed the national average, and we regularly compete and excel against schools much bigger than ourselves.

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