Whilst pupils in the Sixth Form become increasingly independent, we believe a strong partnership between school and home is essential in ensuring that all pupils achieve their potential. Regular communication is at the heart of building such a partnership.
Formal assessment is given termly in one of a number of formats. This can be an assessment grid which focuses on key aspects of a pupil’s learning, written reports which provide a more detailed commentary on progress, or parents’ evenings. Ambitious targets are set, based upon national data and the knowledge teachers have of individual pupils. Each pupil’s progress is closely monitored by tutors and academic staff to ensure that individual strategies can be developed to ensure that all can achieve their potential.
Throughout the Sixth Form we carry out on-going assessments to help the pupils understand what they need to do to improve. Pupils’ effort and attainment are measured regularly through the marking of homework, tests, presentations and internal examinations. In Year 12 and 13 pupils will sit trial tests on a termly basis to fully prepare them for their public examinations at the end of the course.
Parents’ evenings are a regular part of the reporting mechanism. The format of these evenings varies according to the needs of parents and pupils at different times during the academic cycle. Information evenings aim to build the partnership with parents by giving them the tools required to support their sons and daughters. Parent tutor and academic consultation evenings focus on both pastoral and academic progress.