Reports, Support and Target Setting
Targets and Academic Progress
To help us to monitor students’ progress, we look at the Key Stage 4 results for individual students and internally set targets that are aspirational but realistic to ensure all students make further than expected progress.
Targets help us to identify the progress students are making compared to where a student with a similar academic profile would normally be.
We monitor academic progress and issue reports on a regular basis, please see the School calendar for the dates. The reports indicate how students are working and project potential grades in the future based on this.
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 performance in Year 12.
- Gaining good grades – A minimum of D grades (or equivalent) are required at the end of Year 12 to ensure progression to Year 13 (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 4.30pm Monday to Friday when students may simply require a quiet place to work.
- The Mansion Library is open every day from 8.00am to 5.00pm 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 to catch up with work missed and seek support from their Head of Year.
- ICT Rooms are available from 8.00am until 5.00pm for student use
- Careers guidance is provided by a dedicated, specialist careers adviser.
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
Registration in the morning begins at 8.30am. 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
Individual Guidance and Support
You are supported throughout your time in the Sixth Form by your Personal Tutor. You will meet with your tutor every day at 8.30am 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. They 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
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.