Reports and Formal Contact
We believe that contact with parents/carers is very important. As part of this work, the school provides 4-5 formal points of contact between the school and parents/carers for each year group.
These include: one or two parents’/carers' evenings; termly updates on progress including effort and attainment information; year specific tutor evenings or other year events. The timings of these vary according to the year group. Year 7 also have an early meeting to feedback on how students are settling into the school.
Information sent home
The termly reports gives details of the attitude to study and achievement in every subject taken; there are also tutor reports during the year which indicate overall progress.
At the beginning of each term parents/carers also receive information regarding their child's attendance for the preceding term. This provides details of any absences or lateness recorded and also the percentage attendance so far achieved.
Parents/carers are encouraged to contact the school with any concerns. In addition, the school uses the data provided by teachers to intervene where there are concerns about attitudes to learning or progress.
Meetings with subject teachers
Parents’/carers' evenings run from 3.45 pm for Years 9 - 11, 4.00 pm for Years 12 and 13, and start at 2.30 pm for Years 7 and 8. Parents/carers are notified of the dates at the start of the year and asked to give any restrictions on times for the appointments in a letter sent out 5 -6 weeks in advance of the date. The school allocates appointments in order to ensure that parents/carers are not waiting in queues. Appointments are usually consecutive. A timetable of appointments is sent home just before the parents’/carers' evening.
There are evenings to support transition from KS3 (Years 7 and 8) to KS4 (Years 9,10 and 11), as well as the 16+ evening. There are also tutor information evenings for Years 7, 10 and 12.