Leeds East Academy


Pathway to Success

The countdown to Year 11 exams is on!

Year 11 Students will begin some of their exams in Art, Graphics, Textiles, Photography and Spanish just after Easter. We have put together a clear, focussed ‘pathway to success’ for them to follow on a weekly basis.

The pathway to success is a way for Year 11 to track the countdown to their exams and have the foresight to know what experiences and opportunities are going to be made available to them in the run up to the exams.

The visual pathway (below) is displayed on all Year 11 desktops in school and plans out activities for each week, these turn green once they have been completed. The activities on the pathway include ‘walking talking mocks’, creating bespoke revision timetables, mock exams, reflection weeks following mock exams. It also has tips and suggestions for students’ revision.

'Pathway to Success' displayed on computers in the Academy. 

As always, the welfare of our students is of the highest priority and the Beck services are represented on the pathway to success. Should any of our students feel under-pressure in the lead up to exams then the Beck will provide additional support for these students.

‘Walking talking mocks’ are a fantastic way for students to experience being in exam conditions and achieving at a high level.

Recently, Louise Barton, Head of English, delivered the walking talking mocks to all Year 11 students. She modelled to students how she would approach the exam questions and offered suggestions for students to then attempt. The research behind this initiative is overwhelmingly positive, especially when considering how this experience impacts on student confidence.

What’s next?

This week, students will be spending form time considering carefully their own priorities for revision and subsequently creating their own bespoke revision timetables. Ensuring that students have this directed time where they can be supported in creating the timetables will ultimately improve the quality and quantity of independent revision which will undoubtedly aid our students in achieving their potential in the GCSE exams.

Ms Gill said: “Year 11 students have been on their own pathway to success since they started at Leeds East Academy. However, now the end is in sight and the goal of success has almost been achieved. We will continue to work tirelessly with our students to ensure that they continue on this pathway and reap the rewards.”