Year 11

Curriculum overview

Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable – click here.

Click here to view the presentation made to parents and students on 27th September 2016. This presentation details the changes to GCSE qualifications and school performance measures.

Message from the Head of Year

Year 11 is the most important year in your child’s education so far and I wish every student in year 11 lots of luck for the forthcoming year.  There is no doubt that this will be a very stressful year but with the support of the academic mentors, tutors, Mrs Nichols and myself we hope to see every student rise to the challenges presented to them and strive to fulfil their full potential.

Miss Cannon

Applications to 6th Form/College

All students should aim to have applications completed by February half term. Students are encouraged to attend a variety of different open evenings in order to help them make an informed choice. Lydiard Park Academy has it’s 6th Form Open Evening on Thursday 10th November from 6pm to 8pm.

Attendance Changes – Penalty Notices

Year 11 is a vital year for all students and it has been shown that school attendance during this year has a major impact on what is achieved in examinations, qualifications and life after school. Therefore we need to do everything possible to reduce unnecessary absence and promote good attendance.

The Government introduced Fixed Penalty Notices for Local Authorities to deal with cases when students miss school for reasons which cannot be approved by the school.  The issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice gives each parent the opportunity of paying a fine instead of going to court.  These fines are £60 per parent (if paid within 21 days), increasing to £120 per parent (to be paid within the following 7 days). If no payment is paid the Local Authority will prosecute the parents for their child’s unauthorised absence.

We wish to inform you that Swindon Borough Council will be issuing Fixed Penalty Notices during this year in cases of poor attendance, including taking students on holiday in term time. Once an unauthorised holiday has been taken, please be advised that the parent will have committed a criminal offence under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996.

It is important that students attend school regularly and, if they are unable to do so, that the school is fully aware of the circumstances.

Please remember that schools are limited in the type of absences that they can accept as authorised and are required to inform the Local Authority of all unauthorised absence.

The Year 11 Prom

As you may be aware, each year we hold a prom for our year 11 leavers. The prom is a reward for the students in year 11 who have worked hard throughout the year to achieve the best grades possible. This year the prom will be held on Friday 14th July 2017.

The Prom is a reward for all the students’ hard work throughout the year.  The criteria for students to gain an invitation to the Prom are:

  • 93% attendance (students with medical conditions are to ensure that they have medical documentation in school and medical notes for all absences);
  • No more than 5 C3s for Time out or Walking away (combined);
  • No more than 10 C3s for being late;
  • No more than 10 C3s for missed homework;
  • No more than 5 other C3s;
  • No exclusions during Year 11 and no more than one C4.

Key Dates for Year 11


Monday 31st October – Return to school
Week commencing Monday 31st October – Yr11 Data Input 2 & Tracking
Thursday 10th November – 6th Form Open Evening
Thursday 17th November – Consultation Day
Friday 18th November – Yr11 Drama CA
Week commencing Monday 28th November – Yr11 Mock Exam Week – Click here to view exam timetable.
Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th November – INSET
Week commencing Monday 5th December – Yr11 Data Input 3
Wednesday 14th December – Yr11 Mock Results Morning
Wednesday 14th December – Yr11 Subject Consultation Evening
Friday 16th December – School ends for Christmas at 12.30pm


Tuesday 3rd January – Return to school
Week commencing Monday 9th January – 6th Form Interviews
Wednesday 11th January – Friday 13th January – Yr11 VP Residential
Week commencing Monday 6th February – Yr11 Data Input 4
Friday 10th February – School ends for half term at 3pm


Monday 20th February – Return to school
Wednesday 22nd February – Yr11 Men.ACWY Injections
Monday 27th February – Yr11 VP University Masterclass
Week commencing Monday 6th March – Yr11 Data Input 5 & Tracking
Monday 20th March – Yr11 GCSE PE Moderation tbc
Thursday 23rd March – Consultation Day & Yr11 reports out
Wednesday 29th March – Yr11 Drama CA
Friday 7th April – School ends for Easter at 3pm


Monday 24th April – Return to school
Monday 1st May – Bank Holiday
Week commencing Monday 8th May – Yr11 Data Input 6
Friday 26th May – School ends for half term at 3pm


Friday 14th July – Year 11 Prom