The Upper Sixth Parents' Consultation Day will take place on Thursday 11th February, 8:30am - 7:55pm via a Teams call or phone call. This consultation will be to discuss progress in college, behaviour, effort etc.
Upper Sixth Students: Please make appointments with your teachers. Every appointment is five minutes long but double appointments can be booked if necessary.
Upper Sixth Parent/Carers: Please encourage your child to arrange appointments with their teachers prior to Thursday 11th February.
Upper and Lower Sixth Students: Please be aware Thursday 11th February will be a Reading Day.
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Letter from Principal Justine Barlow
Dear Parents and Carers,
I do hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your continued support in helping us to provide a full education provision as possible, whilst also continuing to work safely.
I hope you were able to participate in our recent parental survey so we can consider your feedback. Please continue to access the many resources on our website, which are regularly refreshed and provide up-to-date information and support for every student and their parents/carers. As part of our overall support package we are sending information to parents and carers about national schemes designed to support on-line learning including access to increased internet data allowances. We also have an upcoming training session for parents on TEAMS which is our preferred platform for live lessons as well as some videos about how to create healthy sleep and routine patterns for our young people during this period.
On Thursday 11th February we will be holding our second Upper Sixth Parents/Carers Consultation Day. All Upper Sixth parent/carer consultation appointments will be conducted using Microsoft Teams or via phone. The teacher will contact you at the agreed time. There will be no face-to-face appointments.
You are also able to make appointments with their Achievement Tutors if you wish to discuss any pastoral concerns.
This will be an opportunity for you to speak with teachers to talk about how well your child is engaging and progressing with remote learning within their individual subjects. Please be aware that government is currently in consultation about the awarding of grades this summer, and no official guidance has been released nationally. Therefore, teachers will not be able to discuss how Teacher Assessment Grades will be calculated this summer.
I would also like to take this opportunity to confirm a previous message to you, that UCAS predicted grades are not based on performance but rather an aspirational target to support students in gaining a conditional offer from their chosen university.
We will continue to assess all students following our assessment calendar. The dates for the next assessments are listed below:
- 22nd February 2021
- 22nd March 2021
- 26th April 2021
There will not be any lessons on this day and my expectation is that every Upper Sixth student attends each of their subject appointments where possible.
Please ask your child to make a 5-minute appointment with each of their teachers and they should then let you know as parents/carers the appointment times they have arranged. Students should ensure that appointments are not so close together that they risk overlapping.
In order to support you with the consultation I have added some prompts/questions, at the end of this letter, which you may find useful to ask the teachers. These are a guide and not prescriptive.
- How long should my child be spending on homework/independent study/revision per week?
- Are there any study guides you would recommend I buy to support my child's learning?
- My child says they don't know how to revise; how can I help them?
- Are they engaged in their online lessons?
- Is there any particular area he/she could improve on? How? Can I do anything to help at home?
- How would you describe my child's attitude towards coursework/homework?
I hope that you will find this a useful process in supporting your child’s progress and thank you for your continued support.
Mrs J Barlow