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Fyling Hall’s mock exam timetable announced

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Fyling Hall’s mock exam timetable has been announced. Designed for Year 13 and Year 12 ICT, the exams will take place the week beginning the 23rd of November.  In announcing the exams, Dr Richardson, Deputy Head, Academic points out . . . A slightly smaller exams series is planned in order to minimise the disruption to teaching.  One aspect of the mock week will be to identify any areas of learning that were impacted by Lockdown […]

Reading Buddy Scheme

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This year I have been given the responsibility of organising the Reading Buddy Scheme. This means that I had to collect just over 10 6th Form volunteers who are willing to meet weekly with a pupil from the younger years to listen to them read for roughly 20 minutes. Their role is to assist them on language they do not understand or cannot pronounce, improve reading confidence and encourage regular reading. As a student who […]

Leading from the front in Maths

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Year 13 worked in pairs to find out about logarithms and exponentials, very useful functions in many areas such as geography, biology, physics and chemistry. They prepared presentations, then taught each other and shared their ideas and knowledge. Well don, YiFan, leading from the front!

Academic Awards

Rewarding a Hard Working Ethos

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Why are Academic Awards so effective? Our ‘Academic Award’ scheme has been running for two years. I believe it is a distinctive method of rewarding pupils for their academic achievements, and I am personally very proud of the scheme: we are a non-selective school and this is a non-selective approach to rewarding academic achievement. Traditionally, only pupils who achieve the top grades are valued in this country’s educational system – and so they should; but […]

My First Day at Fyling Hall

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You get the famous Fyling Hall wow factor about half a mile from the school. It comes at the precise moment you drive over the brow of the hill – and there stretched out below you is the most wondrous sight, a stunning advert for the Yorkshire coast. It’s the sweep of land from Robin Hood’s Bay round to Ravenscar – of fond memory.  I first read about it, drooled over it, indeed, in the […]

Focus on Sixth Form

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  We are delighted with last week’s a Focus on Sixth Form.   Current Fyling Hall Year 11 & 10 parents and students attended the evening held on 15th November.  The objective was to navigate through the daunting process of choosing a Sixth Form. Meet Your Teachers There was hardly room to stir as A-Level teachers offered practical insight into the Russell’s Group ‘facilitating’ and ‘specialised’ subjects; the best option for university entry. With the support […]

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Exam Technique – What is it?

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I’m sure you have heard your teachers talk about how your grade will increase “if you improve your exam technique”, or “Don’t worry, we will soon be working on exam technique”.  You may also have wondered, “Why does the grade I achieve, not match the effort that I put into my revision?”  This may be your exam technique! But what is exam technique?  In simple terms, exam techniques are the ‘procedures’ and ‘tips’ that should […]

This is life! This is beauty!

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During our Y10 English Literature lesson this afternoon, we looked outside of our classroom window and saw a spectacular sight…. the most wonderful sunset across the sky above Ravenscar. We immediately packed our bags and went to the Rose Garden to make the most of the inspiring surroundings and because I wanted my class to hear to one of my favourite poems: “Cloths of Heaven…” If you look at the photos you can see why […]

Revision . . . do you have the right skills?

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Last week, we delivered a study skills workshop to Y10 and 13 as part of their preparation for their mocks in November, and, of course, GCSE and A Level exams at the end of the school year. We revisited a number of different approaches to studying, using The Learning Pyramid as the basis of our discussion. Although its figures for the best retention rates could be argued, it is a great way to remind the […]

An Inspirational Visit to SSEW

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Earlier this month I visited Scarborough Science and Engineering Week, a three day annual event held in Scarborough Spa. This event is aimed at pupils roughly of the ages 4-18. It is designed to show how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) can make a difference and an impact in the real world. SSEW attempts to inspire students to work and study in the STEM sector, and let them take a glimpse into working life […]