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    Parents are such an important part of our lively, tight-knit community.  We rely on their support in helping students get the most out of our fun but demanding routine and prepare for a more independent life at University. Look out for our regular Parents’ Forums, for the regular Progress Meetings and for our termly Parents’ Newsletter.

    Parents’ Forum

    All parents are welcome to come along and join this informal group where we share our experience as parents of Year 12 and Year 13 students.

    The function of this group is to build a social connection with other parents which can help your understanding of what the students might be experiencing as they go through their two years at the Maths School.  There is no teacher interaction or curriculum information during these meetings – it is purely a social group for parents to get to know one another. Hearing from other parents about their experiences can be reassuring and helpful, and builds an awareness of the day-to-day environment at the Maths School.

    For further info, please contact ems.parentsforum@gmail.com

    Friday 13th September Friday 18th October Friday 20th December
    Friday 14th February Friday 27th March Friday 22nd May
    Friday 3rd July

    Dates For Your Diary

    Please note that all dates are inclusive.

    2019/2020 Academic Year

    Term First day of (half-) term Last day of (half-) term
    Autumn 2019 Monday 2nd September(NB: Monday 2nd September is Year 12 only) Friday 18th October
    Half term break Monday 21st October Friday 25th October
    Monday 28th October Friday 20th December
    Spring 2020 Monday 6th January Friday 14th February
    Half term break Monday 17th February Friday 21st February
    Monday 24th February Friday 27th March
    Summer 2020 Tuesday 14th April Friday 22nd May(NB: Friday 8th May is a Bank Holiday)
    Half term break Monday 25th May Friday 29th May
    Monday 1st June Friday 3rd July

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Term First day of (half-) term Last day of (half-) term
    Autumn 2020 Tuesday 1st September

    (NB: Tuesday 1st September is Year 12 only)

    Friday 23rd October
    Half term break Monday 26th October Friday 30th October
    Monday 2nd November Friday 18th December
    Spring 2020 Monday 4th January Friday 12th February
    Half term break Monday 15th February Friday 19th February
    Monday 22nd February Thursday 1st April
    Summer 2020 Monday 19th April Friday 28th May

    (NB: Monday 3rd May is a Bank Holiday)

    Half term break Monday 31st May Friday 4th June
    Monday 7th June Friday 2nd July
    Date Time Event Details
    Monday 23rd September 1800 to 1900 Year 12 First Impressions Parents’ Event This event is intended for parents only, there is no need for students to attend. You do not need to book a place. You will be given a brief update about the term so far and will meet informally with your son’s/daughter’s tutor together with other parents from the same form.
    Friday 27th September 1430 to 1530 Year 12 First Impressions Parents’ Event See above.
    Wednesday 2nd October 1645 to 1845 Year 13 Careers Tutorials Details to follow.
    Friday 4th October 1430 to 1630 Year 13 Careers Tutorials See above.
    Friday 22nd November 1430 to 1630 Year 12 Progress Meetings Students and their parents will meet with each of their teachers to review their progress. Students will be given a booking sheet for making appointments a week in advance of the meetings.
    Thursday 28th November 1640 to 2000 Year 12 Progress Meetings- Including Exeter College Parent Meetings See above – there is also the opportunity to meet your son’s/daughter’s Exeter College subject teacher on this date – students will make an appointment with their teacher directly.
    Thursday 19th December 1230 to 1600 Year 12 – EMC Christmas Lectures This is a real highlight of the year: a chance to celebrate the progress made by our new students in their first term. Year 12 students will present their research at the University of Exeter to a audience of students, staff, governors, parents, members of our Maths and Physics student communities, academics and other friends of EMS. We use an online system for booking tickets, details have been emailed to Year 12 parents.
    Wednesday 15th January 1640 to 2000 Year 13 Progress Meetings – Including Exeter College Parent Meetings Students and their parents will meet with each of their teachers to review their progress. Students will be given a booking sheet for making appointments a week in advance of the meetings – there is also the opportunity to meet your son’s/daughter’s Exeter College subject teacher on this date – students will make an appointment with their teacher directly.
    Friday 17th January 1430 to 1630 Year 13 Progress Meetings See above – EMS teachers only.
    Thursday 5th March All Day Event Year 13 – EMC Conference Details to follow.
    Tuesday 10th March 1800 to 1900 Supporting your Child during Examination Season Meeting Details to follow.
    Wednesday 18th March 1640 to 2000

    UCAS Talk – 1630 & 1930

    Year 12 Progress Meetings

     

    Students and their parents will meet with each of their teachers to review their progress. Students will be given a booking sheet for making appointments a week in advance of the meetings.
    Friday 20th March 1430 to 1630

    UCAS Talk – 1630

    Year 12 Progress Meetings See above.
    Thursday 2nd July 1600 to 1900 Y12 Feedback Meetings Details to follow.
    Friday 3rd July 0900 to 1200 Y12 Feedback Meetings See above.

    External Exams

    Please note that the summer 2020 external examination dates listed below are subject to change.

    The dates for the College exams will be added when available.

    Internal Assessments

    Year 12 Assessment Weeks:

    W/b Monday 14th October

    W/b Monday 20th January (Exeter College subjects only)

    W/b Monday 10th February

    Year 12 End of Year Assessment:

    Wednesday 17th – Wednesday 24th June

    Year 12 Re-sits:

    Monday 24th – Wednesday 26th August

     

    Year 13 Assessment Weeks:

    W/b Monday 2nd December

    W/b Monday 6th January (Exeter College subjects only)

    Year 13 End of Year Assessment:

    Wednesday 23rd – Friday 27th March

    Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April

    Homework

    Students can expect to receive one piece of homework per week per A-level, with each piece taking 2 hours to complete.  They will also complete work towards EMC projects, this should take an average of 2 hours per week.

    The homework set at EMS is structured to enable students to spend their 2 hours in the most constructive manner for them.  A typical homework task has 3 sections:

    Section A is optional – this covers basic skills and knowledge.  Students should decide for themselves if completing this section is a productive use of their time.

    Section B is compulsory – this covers typical examination questions.  It is marked, usually by teachers, and feedback is used to inform students and set targets.

    Section C is optional – this includes wider reading, challenging problems and broader content than usually covered in A-levels.  Students are encouraged to complete this section if they have comfortably completed section B in less than 2 hours.

    Students have timetabled lessons for the collection of homework during which feedback will be given.  In addition to the homework set at EMS, students should expect to receive regular tasks from their College lecturers.

    Year 12 Homework Timetable

    Each fortnight, students will be set:

    • Two pieces of “Maths P” homework
    • One piece of “Maths Q” homework
    • One piece of “Maths R” homework
    • Two pieces of Physics and/or Computer Science homework

    Year 13 Homework Timetable

    Each fortnight, students will be set:

    • Two pieces of “Maths S” homework
    • One piece of homework for each major or minor maths option (at least two options)
    • Two pieces of Physics and/or Computer Science homework

     

    Overall Homework Timetable 2019/20

    Download the homework schedule for 2019/20 here

    Absence Request Form

    If students require an authorised absence from school, the form below should be completed and handed to Reception to begin the authorisation process. Hard copies are also available in Reception. Please allow plenty of time for this process to be completed prior to the time of planned absence.  Submitting the form does not automatically result in authorisation; once submitted, students will need to wait to hear the outcome of their request.  Each request is considered on its own merits and in light of the student’s attendance and progress.

    Click on the link to access the form:

    Absence request form

     

    Authorisation is typically given for:

    • Educational visits such as attending University open days
    • Medical appointments that are not able to be moved such as hospital procedures

    Authorisation is not typically given for:

    • Family holidays
    • Routine medical appointments
    • Interviews for weekend or holiday work

    Information Pack

    A copy of the information pack for new students (2019 entry) and their parents can be downloaded here:

    Student Parent Info Pack

    Newsletters

    The latest Parent Newsletter:

    Parent Newsletter 19 – November 2019

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