We believe that education is a partnership and that good contact between home and college is essential for the partnership to succeed. To this end we have a carefully planned programme of written reports and consultation evenings as outlined below.
Parents can expect at least one formal communication between the school and home every term. Parents are, of course, welcome to make appointments to see staff at other times as required.
At the start of the autumn term all parents of years 8 to 11 students are invited into college to attend a Learning conversation. This is a discussion between the parent, child and tutor which reflects on the achievements of the previous year and sets target for the year to come and what needs to be put in place for them to be achieved.
In September all parents are invited to a curriculum evening specific to their s year group. These meetings outline the structure of the courses to be undertaken that year as well as covering issues such as homework, the pastoral system etc.
In the autumn term year 7 parents are invited to a ‘settling in’ conversation with the form tutor. Year 8 and 11 parents will be asked to a parents evening with subject staff. Year 10 parents will receive a Monitoring report.
Early in the spring term year 9 parents will get a full written report as part of the options process. The options process also includes a parents evening with subject staff and a presentation evening about the options process itself.
Year 11 parents will be invited to a post trial (mock) exam evening. This gives parents an opportunity to discuss the results of trial examinations so that the college and home can work together to best prepare the student for the main exam period. Parents of year 10 and year 7 will be asked to a parents evening with subject staff. Year 8 parents will receive a Monitoring report.
In the summer term Year 7, 8 and 10 parents will get a full written report.
Throughout the year students will get a tracking sheet showing their progress and this will be pasted inside the planner. This forms the basis of ongoing learning conversations with the tutor.