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Smithdon High School

Step Up to GCSE

As a GCSE student at Smithdon High School, your Key Stage 4 curriculum will begin in Year 10 and build on the prior foundations of a Knowledge Rich Curriculum begun in Key Stage 3.

Year 10 will end with a series of examinations to check where you are in relation to your academic potential. This is the first of three series of examinations that take place to inform and guide you leading up to your final GCSE exams.  The feedback from each of these will allow your subject teachers to personalise your Year 11 curriculum. This means we will be able to use tutor time better to meet the needs of each and every one of you in preparation for your final GCSE examinations.

Included below are a range of resources that will support your revision during Years 10 and 11.

Timeline for years 10 and 11

This includes key dates for health checks, examination, reports and parents’ evenings. Please be aware that this document is subject to change.

Year 10



What is going on?

Autumn Term

13 September 2023

11 October 2023

19 October 2023

4 December 2023

14 December 2023

Step Up to GCSE Information Evening

GCSE Geography Urban Field Trip

Yr10 Settling-in Tutor Evening

Year 10 Reports to parents

Year 10 Rewards Assembly

Spring Term

w/c 18 March 2024
w/c 25March 2024

26 March 2024

Year 10 PPE exams

Rewards Assembly

Summer Term

2 May 2024

2 May 2024

11 June 2024

25 June 2024

5 July 2024

w/c 8 July 2024

w/c 15 July 2024

Year 10 Parents evening

Year 10 Reports to parents

GCSE Coastal Field Trip

Yr10 Intervention Evening (SLT)

Year 10 Awards Assembly

Work Experience


Year 11



What is going on?

Autumn Term

14 September 2023

w/c 2 October 2023
w/c 9 October 2023

20 November 2023

15 December 2023

Yr11 Revision/Applications and Tutor evening.

Year 11 Pre-Public Exams (PPEs)

Year 11 Progress Reports and Feedback Forms to Parents

Rewards Assembly

Spring Term

18 January 2024

w/c 5 February 2024
w/c 12 February 2024

25 March 2024

26 March 2024

26 March 2024

28 March 2024

Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Year 11 Pre-Public Exams PPEs

Rewards Assembly

Year 11 Progress Reports and Feedback Forms to Parent

Yr11 Intervention Evening (SLT)

Year 11 Reward Trip

Summer Term



27 June 2024

22 August 2024

GCSE Exam dates

Celebration Morning


GCSE Results Day


Subject Information

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50 Facts Booklet

The 50-fact booklet below will support your preparation for these exams. Each subject page includes the core knowledge that pupils need to know in order to be successful.

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The Learning Scientist

All of these strategies have supporting evidence from cognitive psychology. For each strategy, we explain how to do it, some points to consider, and where to find more information.

  • Spaced Practice
  • Retrieval Practice
  • Elaboration
  • Interleaving
  • Concrete Examples
  • Dual Coding

Please find user guides below for each of these strategies.

The 6 Strategies for Effective Learning 

Year 11 Booster Sessions

Please click on the link below:

Year 11 Booster Session Timetable 

Additional Information

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Step up to GCSE Presentation - Sept 2023