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Mr Paxman - Director of Learning (F35)

Hi I am Mr. Paxman and your Director of Learning (for Year 10). As a History teacher, you will usually find me in the History Department, along the Humanities corridor.

I have been at the Westgate School for 10 years and teaching in Slough for over 20 years! For the majority of that time, I have been responsible for overseeing the learning, behaviour and progress of whole year groups. Throughout this year I will be ensuring that you feel supported throughout this very important year, as you start your GCSE courses. I will try and ensure that the standards that Year 10 reach in terms of uniform, attendance and punctuality are the highest in the school.

What happens this year?

Year 10 is such an important year as you will begin the majority of your GCSE subjects. Your level of academic success will have a huge impact on the rest of your life. You will also acquire skills that will equip you for your lives beyond education and ensure that you have the capacity for lifelong learning. You will engage in the equipped for life programme that will allow you to reflect on issues that will support your personal development.

How will I support you?

As your Director of Learning, I will be monitoring your learning and academic performance throughout the year. I will be providing intervention and academic support wherever and whenever necessary. I will be liaising with your parents and teachers regularly to ensure that you achieve the best outcomes possible in this academic year and that you are ready to transition into year 11.

What to look out for this Year?

You will be sitting your RMS exams during the Summer Term. You will also begin thinking about your further education choices and begin working in tutor time on this.