Hello and welcome to year 11. My name is Jo Arrowsmith and I am the Head of Year. The deputy Head of Year is Ms Garnett and we have a fabulous tutor team; Mr Liggett (11DL), Ms Dabrowska (11JD), Ms Chapman and Mr Lockwood (11BL), Ms Ogilby (11SO), Ms Stevenson and Ms Huang (11JS), Mr Rainey (11PR), Mr Cristiano and Ms Doogan (11LD), Mr Kay (11GK), Mr Bagherzadeh (11MB) and Ms Butcher (11NB).
I have been a member of staff at Fortismere since January 2002 and in that time I have seen so many students progress through the school and have their lives transformed in so many positive ways because I firmly believe that Fortismere is a fantastic school supported by a vibrant and welcoming community.
I have been a Head of Department, a Head of Faculty, Head of Olympia College and am now Head of Year 10. Year 10 is in some ways, a totally new beginning for students; it is a new Key Stage and for some students, a chance to learn completely new subjects. There are opportunities to make new friends in option subjects and there are still so many extracurricular activities that Key Stage 4 students can take part in. So far, our students have taken part in our first inter-college drama festival, others are reading mentors for year 8’s with our Chapter 2 scheme, we have college ambassadors and we will be hosting training in public speaking in December with “SpeakOut” which is sponsored by Jack Petchey.
The team of year 10 tutors and myself are really committed to working with the students and parents to support this transition into KS4 and to support students as they study for formal exams. I look forward to helping our year 10 students succeed over the next two years and to plan for their future beyond their GCSE’s.