We have a comprehensive academic support system involving parent teacher consultation evenings, learning review days, an integrated reporting cycle and many other information evenings concerning support for examinations and how to learn most effectively. It even has its own name:
Student Achievement Monitoring Programme (StAMP)
At Sandringham we report to parents three times a year on their children's progress. The purpose of this assessment, recording and reporting system is to provide regular information throughout the year to both students and parents on how students are progressing in relation to their academic ability and potential, based on prior data. More importantly, in line with our Assessment for Learning policy, it will offer advice on how students can improve.
Current level of attainment in each individual subject;
Current progress (indicated by the difference between the student‘s current level of attainment and their Target Grade);
Attitude to learning, acknowledged by a number of indicators including:
In addition to this, each individual subject teacher, the student&lsquos Form Tutor and the year group‘s Director of Learning provide comments and advice to help guide each student‘s progress.
Progress report 1:
After Autumn half term, ready for Learning Review Day
Progress report 2
According to year group, one week before the Parent Teacher Consultation
Progress report 3:
End of Summer term
Learning Review day
Learning review day provides an opportunity for parents to discuss with tutors their child‘s progress across all subjects during a 15 minute session. Students should also attend these interviews. Parents are provided, in advance, with current information on their child‘s academic progress. At the interview targets for improvement are negotiated which are then monitored by the child&lsquos tutor.
Parent teacher consultations
Parent teacher consultation evenings are held once a year for each year group and provide an opportunity for parents and students to meet with their class teachers to discuss progress in individual subjects.
In addition parents are invited to special Curriculum Evenings: Year 8 into 9, Year 9 into 10 and Year 11 into 12. There are also Information Evenings for Year 12 parents to introduce them to their child‘s curriculum and Year 11 parents are invited to an Achievement for All evening to assist with final GCSE preparation. Parents are welcome to contact the school at any time to discuss their child‘s welfare and progress. Such enquiries should be directed in the first instance to the child‘s Director of Learning. Appointments can also be made with other members of the Leadership Group, including the Headteacher. Parents receive comprehensive termly reports highlighting academic progress and identifying areas for future development.
Ad hoc consultation
Parents are welcome to contact the school at any time to discuss their child‘s welfare and progress. Such enquiries should be directed, in the first instance, to the child‘s year group Director of Learning (Head of Year). Appointments can also be made with other members of the Leadership Group, including the Head teacher.