Reports / Progress Checks
COVID19 Update: This section describes how we would normally operate. However, we don’t currently know how social distancing will impact on these systems. Please however be reassured that we will be in touch regularly with your parents to let them know how you are progressing.
We know that you and your parents / carers are as ambitious for your future as we are. We know that they want you to try your best so that you can fulfil your potential. We therefore feedback to parents/carers frequently so that they can celebrate your successes and support you when you are finding it more difficult.
Discussions with your teachers
In your first term (usually in early December), your parents are invited into school to meet your form tutor. Your form tutor will go through your report with your parents – this means that you can both ask questions and make a plan for how you can be even more successful in the future. At the end of the year, we hold a Parents’ Evening when you and your parents can meet all your subject teachers and discuss your progress.
Every half-term, you will receive a progress check. This is a summary of your performance in all your subjects. There are three elements to the Progress Check.
Progress - Teachers will inform your parents/carers of your progress in each subject. There are three different judgements (we call them Progress Indicators): Strong, Standard and Concern.
School Exams - We will feedback your school exam results (Distinction, Merit, Pass or Retake).
Commitment - Teachers are asked to feedback on your commitment to learning. For each aspect of commitment, teachers will give you a grade from 5 (excellent) to 1 (Serious cause for concern):
- Effort (how hard you are trying in lessons)
- Behaviour (not only how well you behave but also your attitude to learning e.g. asking questions; keeping going when you are finding things tough; helping other students)
- Home Learning (the quality of work that you complete at home including your revision for assessments and exams)
Communication via the SIMS App
Once you start Gladesmore Community School, your parents will be asked to download the SIMS App. If you are allowed to have a mobile phone, you can also download the SIMS app. This provides regular and daily updates e.g. notifying you if you have been awarded an attendance certificate, have achieved a Merit or a Distinction in a school detention or, less positively, if a Home Learning deadline has been missed.
Gladesmore Community School operates a reward system called MyStickers. Teachers will give you stickers with a special code on them which you log on the MyStickers website. Throughout the year, there are rewards and draws for students who are logging MyStickers.