How we learn about a pupil´s progress and keep you informed:
Regular assessment, along with good teaching focusing on high expectations, are two of the most important aspects of ensuring pupils achieve and there are a number of systems within school that allow us to keep in regular contact with you.
Each pupil´s academic record comes into school when his/her transfer takes place. SAT´s scores from the pupil’s primary school give us a good guideline of his/her capabilities. Early in Year 7 these records are complimented by pupils sitting Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT´s). All this information is used to gauge progress.
Parents/guardians receive short regular reports throughout the year, with a longer, much more detailed one at the end of the year with teacher comments and targets. The shorter reports are based upon every teacher´s assessment and are recorded centrally. Grades are given for effort and progress. Pupils who are underachieving are rapidly identified, parents contacted and a range of strategies put into place promptly to ensure improvement. Conversely, those pupils who are achieving well are also identified and congratulated. Parents’ evenings are held when it is possible for parents/guardians to speak to subject teachers, pastoral staff or senior staff.
Throughout the year other information evenings take place, for example: a GCSE evening for Year 10, an additional Year 7 consultation evening to ensure new pupils have settled in well and an options evening in year 9.
Each pupil has regular contact with a tutor where a discussion takes place regarding progress and realistic academic targets are set.
Every pupil has a school diary. This makes it possible to have daily contact with home, often over minor matters. We ask that you sign the diary every week to let us know at school that you are aware of progress.
Who´s responsibility is it to monitor progress?
Responsibility clearly lies within the partnership we create between you as parents/guardians and the pastoral care system at school. Key Stage Managers, with their assistants, regularly analyse every pupil’s progress against his/her potential and act accordingly.
The purpose of the pastoral system at Bowland is more than just care; it is, “Care with Challenge”. We make regular contact with home by letter and telephone.
Whilst we hope that these arrangements will take care of most of the questions that may arise, we realise that they may not cover all contingencies and we therefore welcome visits and phone calls from parents.