October 2012 Newsletter Kip McGrath Ashford


Newsletter October 2012

Welcome to our new-style monthly newsletter. We hope you like it and find it informative.

As parents’ evenings start to loom on the horizon we thought it appropriate to put together some tips to make the most out of this event. Remember, as ex teachers and current parents we have been on both sides of the desk!

Talk to your child beforehand.

What subjects are they happy about, pleased with their progress and enjoy?

(go to https://kipmcgrathashford.wordpress.com to read more)

As ever Kip McGrath Ashford can help in the preparation for this exam. We do stress that it is not a short term commitment. Each child has to prove to be well above average in 3 different exams, maths, non-verbal reasoning and verbal reasoning. We dread the calls in January and February asking us to help, we mostly say yes, but it does mean we do have to work as a “crammer” type establishment. Ideally it should be a more gentle process, giving your child the confidence that they are really ready for the exam. You are one of the parents on the ball, but it might be worth mentioning to a friend if they’re thinking about 11+ support.

Year 6 parents are currently thinking about their secondary school process.

Choosing the right secondary school for your child can be a daunting process, particularly if it’s your first time at it. Everyone has an opinion about ‘the best school’ but its important to find out for yourself. What was a brilliant school 6 years ago may not be true now. Equally, a school that suits one child might not suit another. Be mindful that the school wants to show itself in the best possible light. The pupil guides will have been carefully hand picked as will the lessons you are invited to ‘visit’. Keep aware of the school in general and ‘glance’ in as many classes as possible.

Here are some tips to help you along the way:

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We’ve finally bitten the bullet and are starting to offer A Level maths tuition. Initially we will be starting with students in their first year of Sixth Form. Please contact us to arrange an initial assessment.

We are running a GCSE course over the October Half Term. Students need help writing essays and applying them to specific exam questions.

Kip McGrath’s popular English course covers all the essential essay writing skills form analysing the question to editing the final draft. Please ring or speak to Simon or Sally for more details.

Double dipping – ‘The Middle Years’ Phenomenon

Research shows that dips in pupil performance are evident in Yr 3 and Yr 4 and in Yr8 – ‘the middle years phenomenon’. This decline in progress is often accompanied by a loss of enjoyment of school and a fall in motivation.

Year 3 marks the cross over between KS1 and KS2 where pupils have to adjust to a new set of learning demands. Yr 3 pupils interviewed as part of a research investigation gave their views:

(go to https://kipmcgrathashford.wordpress.com to read more)

Winter Term 2012

Tuesday 28th August – Saturday 22nd December

Christmas Closure Sunday 23rd December – Friday 4th January

Spring Term 2013

Saturday 5th January – Thursday 28th March

Easter Closure Friday 29th March – Friday 5th April

Summer Term 2013

Saturday 6th April – Saturday 27th July

Summer Closure Sunday 28th July – Sunday 18th August



One last point, please ensure that when you make payments to the bank you quote your reference number and payment must be made on or before the first of the month.


Sally and Simon

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