Reporting to Parents

We value the partnership between school and home. Information about how students are getting on is sent home at key points each year:

‘Progress Reviews’ – twice a year we will publish online (via Go4Schools):

·         ‘on-track for’ information about achievement in each subject

·         Attitudinal grades regarding Engagement & Behaviour, and Homework

·         For students in Year 10 and above, percentages achieved in any recent internal exams

During the Autumn terms we often complete a review just using the Behaviour and Homework grades to check how students are engaging with their learning.

When we report ‘on-track for’ information we use broad band descriptors rather than exam grades or the old-style National Curriculum levels. At each ‘Progress Review’ teachers record the current expected end point for the relevant curriculum stage (end of Year 8; end of Year 11; end of Year 13).  These bands are:

 

Year 7 & 8

Exceeding
This student is on-track to exceed our expectations of learning at the end of Year 8

Securing
This student is on-track to have secured our expectations of learning at the end of Year 8

Meeting
This student is on-track to have met our expectations of learning at the end of Year 8

Not yet meeting
This student is not yet on-track to have met our expectations of learning at the end of Year 8
 

Years 9, 10 & 11

High
This student is on-track to achieve a high grade at the end of Year 11 (7, 8 or 9)

Secure
This student is on-track to achieve a secure grade at the end of Year 11 (4, 5 or 6)

Pass
This student is on-track to achieve a pass grade at the end of Year 11 (1, 2 or 3)

U
This student is not yet on track to secure a grade at the end of Year 11

*Note that in Year 11 we add in a ‘Strong’ band which denotes being on-track to achieve a grade 5 or 6 at the end of Year 11

Years 12 & 13

High
This student is on-track to achieve a high grade at the end of Year 13 (A or A*)

Secure
This student is on-track to achieve a secure grade at the end of Year 13 (C or B)

Pass
This student is on-track to achieve a pass grade at the end of Year 13 (E or D)

U
This student is not yet on track to secure a grade at the end of Year 13

*Note that in Year 13 we add in a ‘Strong’ band which denotes being on-track to achieve a grade B at the end of Year 13

 

Our tracking against these bands is deliberately conservative and is intended to take into account the relative progress through the curriculum. We would not expect students to be ‘on-track for’ the highest grades until they have encountered the more challenging elements of each subject.

 

Engagement and Homework

These important aspects of schoolwork are graded from ‘Regularly Exceeding’ down to ‘Often Failing’. Where a student is reported to be ‘Consistently Meeting’ this means that they are always meeting their class teacher’s expectations which we would hope is the minimum standard. Detailed descriptors for these gradings can be found in student planners.

 

Parents Evenings and weekly updates

Every year there is a formal Parents Evening where parents and carers can make an appointment with subject teachers. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about successes and next steps. We encourage students to attend with you. The booking system for Parents Evenings is on a page of the Student Planner.

 

In addition to these formal reporting points, parents and carers have access to ‘live’ information about engagement, behaviour and homework via Go4Schools. Parents receive weekly email summaries of behaviour information.

 

What should I do if I have questions?

We are very clear that home and school working together makes a significant positive difference to outcomes and wellbeing for young people, and so we welcome your questions and involvement in the tracking process. Please use the guide below to help you contact the right person with any query:

A question about an individual subject should be directed to the class teacher
A question about a number of subjects should be directed to the form tutor
If you feel that you have a significant concern, please contact the Leader of Learning or Head of Faculty