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Newsletter 01 - September 2013

The results for 2013 were very pleasing indeed. The key headline figure for the number of students who achieve a minimum of five higher (grade C or above) GCSE passes including English and Maths was 72%. This is the highest ever achieved at FCC and is 6% above our performance of last year. Early indications suggest that this is the third highest of any maintained school in Oxfordshire. (The top performing school for this indicator achieved 76%). The percentage of students who achieved a minimum of five higher GCSE passes was 93%. This is a fantastic result with FCC the top performing school in the County. The percentage of passes at grade C or above was 77% compared to the national figure of 68%. This was a rise for us against a backdrop of decline in figures nationally. We had many students who achieved exceptionally well. Natascha Blesing managed a clean sweep of 13A* grades. She also gained a grade A at A/S level World Development as part of our gifted and talented enrichment programme. She will complete the second part of the A level course in the lower sixth as well as starting A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Geography. Seb Allum was close on Natascha’s heels with 12 A*s and 2 grade A’s. He also achieved a grade A at A/S level World Development. There were also 18 other students all of whom achieved a minimum of 8A*/A grades. The average GCSE points score achieved by the year group was phenomenally high at 588 points. Early indications suggest FCC will be the top performing maintained school in the County for this figure. When you consider a grade A* is worth 58 GCSE points, the average works out at 10 A*’s per student! On average each student takes the equivalent of 12 GCSE exams. We pride ourselves in the fact that at FCC all students succeed. 2013 was no different with 98% of our students achieving a minimum of five GCSE grades A*-G and no student left school without any qualifications.

UNIFORM CONSULTATION Dear Parent/Guardian The governing body would like us to review the school uniform at Faringdon Community College. As part of the process we are having a consultation with all its stakeholders, and if there are any changes they will be implemented in September 2014. It is therefore important that we gather the views of all our parents, students and teachers, before we make any decisions. If you would like to share your views on the current uniform or would like to make suggestions for any changes, please use the following e-mail address. Can I thank you in anticipation for your involvement in this process and I will keep you informed if there are any developments. Mr C Proffitt Deputy Headteacher

HOW TO CONTACT US AT FCC Telephone: 01367 240628/240375

Fax: 01367 242356



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English classes - new grouping system

Year 11 and 10 ICT Catch Up Sessions Those students who are missing coursework or controlled assessment tasks will be asked to attend sessions as outlined below. Starting Next Week – 9th September 2013 until October half term Week A

Week B

Monday Lunchtime IT2 Drop In session Mrs Sherriff

Tuesday Lunchtime IT2 Drop in session Mrs Sherriff

Tuesday After School IT2 Unit 21 / Unit 1 / Option Units (year 11) Mr Spoors / Mrs Sherriff

Wednesday After School IT1 R002 (year 10) Ms Williams

As research shows that mixing pupils with different targets together helps them to achieve their target grades, the English Department has changed its system of grouping. In years 8-11, pupils who benefit from extra support will still be taught in small groups, known as Foundation groups. In all other groups, pupils grouped together will have a wider range of targets than in the last few years. An example is GCSE groups with targets of C to A*. Year 7 pupils will continue to be taught English and Literacy in tutor groups.

These are supported sessions offered by the IT Teaching Team and you need to take action now to catch up on missing work! Of course you can also complete work as homework and bring it in for assessment.

Year 10 pupils will now be taking the English Language IGCSE (International GCSE) course to further help them achieve and exceed their GCSE targets.

Remember your ICT course counts as a GCSE graded A*-C and can make a real difference to your end of year 11 results and future prospects.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to email me on

The IT & Computing Teaching Team

Miss L Sutton Subject Leader - English

Late Buses Late buses will start again on Monday 9th September, and are contracted to leave the school site at 4.30pm. Students who attend clubs, represent the school or attend revision sessions are welcome to use these buses but they must have a valid bus pass with them at all times. The library is also open until 4.30pm for all students who wish to use a quiet area to complete their homework.

College in Action Mornings Monday 7th – Friday 11th October 9.30-11am This is an opportunity to have a tour of the school during lesson times. If you are interested, please contact the main reception for further details.

This is an open invitation for you to look around the college, see displays, examples of work and talk to staff or students. The college will close at 1.15pm to allow staff and students to set up displays and prepare presentations. Buses have been booked for 1.30pm, although students are welcome to stay for the afternoon session to assist staff.

Emergency Contact Details It is very important that your contact details are up to date, in case we have to contact you in an emergency. Please inform student services if your personal details(address or telephone number) have changed over the holiday period.

Annual Golf Challenge 2013

Roald Dahl Day

13th September

George's Marvellous Medicine Chicken Soup 90p The Twits Bird Pie £2.60 James & the Giant Peach Fresh Mud Burgers £1.75 Fantastic Mr Fox Bunce Doughnuts 50p Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Butterscotch with Marshmallow Pillows 90p

OPEN EVENING Thursday October 3rd 5.30-8pm

week commencing 9th September

Wednesday 25th September Open to all students in Y8-Y13 (Maximum 30 students) Entry Fee £10 Members £3 Please get your entry form from Sharon Talbot in the Main Office.

Theme for the week commencing 9th September ACHIEVING SUCCESS

I hope you like the ‘new style’ newsletter. Our aim is to keep you much more informed about what the students are learning and, alongside this, be more up front in the celebration of individual student achievements. If you have any comments about the ‘new style’, please email them to the school.

Newsletter 01 sept 2013