Grammar School

REVIEWS AND REPORTS

Year 12 students are entering the final phase of school based education. After spending a relatively short period in the Sixth Form they will be faced with the decision of whether to enter employment or go on to further education.

The process of applying for Higher Education is completed during the first half of the Autumn Term in year 13. In order to be able to make informed decisions about their future students will need, by the end of Year 12, to have a fairly clear picture of their ambitions and abilities.

In order to help students make these important decisions we devote considerable resources to assist them in exploring their ideas for careers and courses in Higher Education. We are equally concerned that, throughout their time in the Sixth Form, students have a clear idea of their progress and the likely outcomes of their studies, so that they may take whatever action is required at a sufficiently early stage for it to have a positive effect on their results.

In order to inform and involve students in the monitoring of their progress we undertake two types of reporting. These consist of two formal reports written by teaching staff at the times shown on pages 17 and 18, and seven progress reviews, two of which are informal. During the Year 12 the reviews take place as follows:

Term 1
October - Internal Review (confirm programmes of study)
November - Progress Review (copy sent home)

Term 2
March - Progress Review (copy sent home)

Term 3
June - Internal Review (review and plan Year 13 programme)
July - End of Year Report

THE STUDENT REVIEW

This is a three stage process and central to this is our philosophy that the students must take charge of their own learning. The first stage is the students’ own review and will include a self review of their progress to date (including motivation, the time spent studying, areas of success and the areas requiring help) and an estimation of their current subject grades and the setting of targets for their next review.

The second stage is the review by their subject teachers who will estimate a grade that anticipates the final grade. This grade will be estimated in the light of all the work, tests and examination results that are available at the time of the review. After both these stages are completed the final stage is the review by the student and their tutor jointly. Parents will be informed of the outcome of these reviews in the form of a progress report.

In order that the monitoring and setting of targets is realistic, for an individual student, it is important that these are made relative to the ability of the student. This is achieved by considering the attainment of the student at GCSE in all subjects. Grades achieved at GCSE are converted into an average points score and, using ALIS, a national value added system, minimum target grades for each ‘A’ or ‘AS’ level subject are estimated. This is helpful in indicating at what level it might be reasonable to expect a student to perform and to give a framework for discussion of individual achievement.

The first review takes place after the first four weeks of the year. The main purpose of this review is to check that students are settled and happy with their programme of study and that their teachers feel they have made an appropriate start to their studies. If a student feels they have made a mistake in their subject choice or feels that they are not enjoying/coping academically with the subject it is usually possible to arrange a transfer into an alternative subject. At this point most moves are initiated by the student and we would hope that parents are involved in the discussions which will take place. Such a move would involve discussions with the subject teacher, tutor, Head of Year and Director of Sixth Form.

Following the first review we would expect students to be settled in their programme of study and to complete the ‘AS’ qualification.

A student will only be required to leave a subject if problems have been identified earlier, the procedures followed as outlined below and performance in the external ‘AS’ examinations identified as part of the targets set.

CONTINUOUS MONITORING

All students are monitored carefully by both subject teachers and tutors. We follow a three tier system involving the tutor, Head of Year and Director of Sixth Form. When a concern is raised this may be by the subject teacher in the first instance. If the concern cannot be resolved then the issue is raised formally with the tutor who will meet with the student to discuss the situation and agree targets in the form of a contract. If there is no improvement this will be followed by similar meetings with the Head of Year and the Director of Sixth Form. We would aim to involve parents as much as possible by telephone, letter and/or meetings. (A full copy of the procedure is available).

Note: In exceptional circumstances the Director of Sixth Form may recommend to the Headteacher that these procedures be disapplied.

The Director of Sixth Form may also recommend to the Headteacher that a student be permitted to remain at school to study two subjects only until the summer examinations.

STUDENT SUPPORT

Student support sessions are available for students who are experiencing difficulties with their work. In some instances students may be required to attend by the Director of Sixth Form or Head of Year.

Student support sessions are available for students who are experiencing difficulties with their work. In some instances students may be required to attend by the Director of Sixth Form or Head of Year.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE PARENTAL CALENDAR FOR 2016/17

For any queries on dates, please contact the school on 256571. A weekly calendar is sent to parents for both the lower school and Sixth Form Centre. 

The school term dates can be accessed from the Education Departments website.

Request for Leave of Absence
Parents are advised that leave of absence taken in term time have a serious effect on on school work.  In accordance with the islands Attendance Policy, requests to take a student out of school should be made in writing to the Headteacher by completing the attached form. 



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