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Reports, Support and Target Setting

Targets and Academic Progress

To help us to monitor students’ progress, we use a variety of tools in partnership with the CEM Centre at Durham University. The A Level Information System (ALIS) uses the relationship between GCSE performance to predict expected A level outcomes.

The CEM Centre provides us with ‘value added’ data which we then use to help teachers and Heads of Departments set each student an individual Minimum Target Grade (MTG) in each subject they study. Throughout the remainder of the academic year we then monitor progress against these minimum target grades, providing additional support as and when necessary.

Targets help us to identify the progress students are making compared to where a student with a similar academic profile would normally be. From time to time everyone might slip back below their target; this could be because the work is getting harder or because students need to pay more attention to a certain aspect of the work they are studying. We then help students by putting a package of support in place.

It is important to remember that targets can be exceeded and we will encourage students to do so. The target represents the most likely outcome based upon the information we have. Each year many students will do significantly better than the target they are set; usually these are the most committed and well organised students.

Reports

We monitor academic progress and issue reports every half term to parents. Students receive working at grades (WAG), teacher predicted grades (TPG),  target grades (TG), effort grades and learning guidance for every subject that they are undertaking.

Students who are identified as underachieving in a subject can expect learner support and intervention to take place within that subject and may be selected for further wider support by their Personal Tutors, who are responsible for monitoring overall academic performance and will discuss worries and concerns with students at regular points.

Progression to Year 13

For the majority, continuation into Year 13 will be automatic but it is dependent on AS results; you must show that you are coping with the demands of being in the Sixth Form by:

  • Gaining good grades – A minimum of two D grades (or equivalent) are required at AS level to ensure progression to A2 (Students who achieve Grade D in a subject will generally be allowed to continue, if a Grade E is achieved, it is at the discretion of the staff. BTEC National students will need to have passed their first year assignments);
  • Managing your timetable – You must be studying a minimum of 3 courses;
  • Having good attendance and punctuality – Students are expected to have above 95% attendance and no more than a few late marks.

If you experience problems your first point of contact should be your Personal Tutor.

Support & Intervention

  • The Learning Resource Centre is staffed and open until 3,40pm Monday to Friday when students may simply require a quiet place to work.
  • The Mansion Library is open every day from 7,30am to 5,30pm for private study.
  • Departments: All departments offer ad hoc support during lunchtime and/or after school on an individual basis.
  • Supervised Study Time: students may be asked to attend supervised study time during ‘lesson’ 6 to catch up with work missed and seek support from their Head of Year.
  • ICT Rooms are available from 8,00am until 5,30pm for student use
  • Free WiFi  is available for students use throughout the school.
  • Learner Support is available from Mrs Knight (academic) and Mrs Vodden (careers) who can help support student’s progression in the transition from GCSE to A Level.

Attendance

There is a proven link between attendance and achievement and therefore we monitor attendance. Attendance and punctuality are also a key part of the references provided by the school to universities, schools and employers.  Parents will be notified when unauthorised absences occur.

  • We expect our students to have good attendance; above 95%;
  • Absence must be validated by a telephone call to the school from a parent or carer;
  • Students must avoid booking medical appointments or driving lessons during timetabled lessons;
  • Absences known in advance must be communicated to the Personal Tutor and Subject Teachers and a letter signed by a parent or carer must be provided;
  • There should be no more than three separate periods of absence in any one term;
  • Parents or carers will be informed of any unauthorised absences.

Punctuality

Registration in the morning begins at 8.40am. Punctual attendance to registration is essential and compulsory and lateness must be explained; students have the responsibility for doing this.

  • We expect all students to attend registration where daily notices and messages from staff will be read out;
  • Students must check their internal e-mail at least once a day for messages from staff;
  • Students will be  issued with a planner at the start of the academic year;
  • Subject staff  will record subject targets into the planner each half-term.

Academic Support

As a student you can expect to receive support, mentoring and coaching from your Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor will support you if you are having problems in your subjects. We also offer an additional support programme with the Assistant to the Director of Sixth Form where students can be referred for further help and advice with their studies.

Lesson 6

This is an extra period at the end of the school day in which students can enjoy the enrichment activities on offer. Although students will not be expected to stay at school every day, many activities will take place during this time.

Individual Guidance and Support

Personal Tutors

You are supported throughout your time in the Sixth Form by your Personal Tutor.  You will meet with your tutor every day at 8.40am for registration.  If you have any queries or problems about your courses, or any other aspect of school life, the first person you normally consult with will be your Personal Tutor. S/he will also review your progress regularly with you, based on assessment feedback from your subject teachers. Your progression from Year 12 to Year 13 will be facilitated by your Personal Tutor who will advise you regarding course choices and suitability for courses.

Heads of Year:

Your Head of Year will be your second point of contact. There may be times when your tutor refers you to your Head of Year for support or you can go straight to your Head of Year if you wish to discuss issues with them. Your Head of Year will monitor your attendance, punctuality and progress in order to help you achieve well

Director of Sixth Form:

Mr Harris has a genuine Open Door Policy for all students who can ‘drop in’ and discuss anything that is on their mind. With over 20 years experience in education and training, Mr Harris is on hand to offer practical advice about A level subject choices, university and job applications as well as specific support and help to achieve personal goals.

Counselling Service

We also have school counsellors who hold counselling sessions most days.  If you wish to see a counsellor confidentially, your Personal Tutor or Head of Year can refer you.