Reporting to parents
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy aims to maintain a continuous dialogue, with parents and students, in order to develop excellent relationships that we believe ensure successful progress through the academy. A significant aspect of this dialogue is the regular reporting to parents of the academic progress of their child in each curriculum area and this occurs at the end of each half term.
Aspirational target setting and monitoring though a variety of carefully planned assessment opportunities enable staff to closely monitor students’ progress as they move through the academy.
Each student is set a minimum expected achievement level or grade at the beginning of the year and, for Key Stage 3 students, this is then broken down into termly targets so that they can gain a sense of achievement over a shorter time scale. This encourages students to aspire to greater success and so they to continue to work towards the next target.
At the end of each half term, subject teachers provide an overall assessment of the level or grade that each student is working at, based on the assessment evidence collected. This information is reported to parents together with the expected level or grade and, where necessary, a brief comment to inform students and parents of the reason for any discrepancy between the two. Parents are invited to contact the students’ House Manager if they wish to discuss the contents of the report in further detail.
In addition to these half termly reports, at one point within the academic year, parents will be provided with a detailed report of the curriculum that students have been studying and their child’s progress within each subject area. This report is made available to parents at the annual Parents’ Evening event; thus providing an opportunity for parents and students to discuss the contents of the report with each subject teacher.
Parents have informed us that they appreciate the opportunity to meet subject teachers and find that they are able to gain a greater understanding of their child’s progress in the different curriculum areas. This is also an ideal forum for parents, students and teachers to agree next steps targets that will ensure that the student continues to make excellent progress.
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