Assessment All students in all year groups are assessed regularly to make judgements about progress and to inform planning. This information is used by teaching staff to support students in their reviewing of their own learning and the setting of actions for improvement.
Public Examinations At King Edward VI School, we are proud of the achievements of our students in public examinations. This success reflects positively upon their motivation, the encouragement of parents and the skill and dedication of our teachers. Parental support in advance of and during examination periods is highly valued and is important in enabling students to perform their best. Details of specifications and examining bodies are provided separate from this prospectus.We strongly urge parents not to take their children out of school at any time, but particularly when examinations or assessments are due to take place.
Reporting to Parents Parents receive three progress reports per year. This gives information on general attitude, attendance and punctuality, in addition to progress in individual subjects. Where a student is not making expected progress there will always be specific targets for improvement. Further information to support student progress
can be accessed through students’ work where students and staff record targets in line with the school marking & feedback policy.
Parents Consultation Evenings Parents are notified of the dates of consultation evenings with teachers at the beginning of the year. In Year 7, two evenings are held, one before the October half term with form tutors to deal with settling in issues. A second evening, later in the year, enables parents to meet subject teachers.
All other year groups have one evening per year to report on progress. Additionally, Year 11 parents have a Post- 16 evening to focus on Sixth Form and Year 9 parents have an evening for subject choices for Key Stage 4.
Individual contacts to seek clarification or re-assurance are welcome. The first point of contact for these should be the
student’s Achievement Leader or form tutor. We ask parents who wish to visit the school to make an appointment in advance.
We also hold year-specific events to support students and parents. For example, an e-Safety Evening and a Year 10 induction evening to guide parents through the assessment and requirements of Key Stage 4 courses. Events are reviewed annually and parental feedback is welcome.
“Teachers have good subject knowledge and high expectations”. Ofsted report March 2014
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