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Year 13 Parents’ Information Evening
Tonight’s Aims For you to leave with a better understanding of: 2013/14 results Key Stage 5 Ethos Target Grades Assessment, Recording & Reporting (ARR) Desired student behaviours Student Support, Care & Guidance
• New teaching staff – – – • James Dunn, Head of History Scott Hynds, Head of Technology Andrew Grace, Head of Business Studies and Extended Project Samantha Amos, teacher of Spanish with French Michelle Justice, part-time PE Welcome back – Anna Leonce, part-time English/Media – Shencyn Hughes, part-time geography
WORKS UPDATE Astro-turf seating English Block make-over – part 2 Library soft seating and reprographics relocation New roofs: art studio, Augusta and DT/Art Block Heating upgrade in Gravesend, Buckingham and Augusta Windsor prep PCs have been upgraded but look the same Augusta prep PCs have been upgraded and look different
Results 2014 Attainment
Gordon’s School Year 11 GCSE Headlines Listed in the Daily Telegraph's 30 top non-selective state schools for the last 10 years
Finally on attainment… A Level results consistently in the top 5 in Surrey Over half all entries are in facilitating A Levels: maths, sciences, English, humanities and modern foreign languages Over half of all university places are to top universities – Russell / 1994 Group
ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT IN 2014 -15 SUBJECT-BASED OPPORTUNITIES PERIOD SEVEN OPTIONS a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) Career-Industry Talks Camel School Magazine Yearbook Chess Latin Debating Presentation skills TEFL Level 2 Qualification, two-day course (by application, free to all) LAMDA lessons free to all by application for those involved in (f) and (g)
Careers and work-related learning Year 13 Y 12 careers interview and Morrisby debrief concluded by autumn 2014 Selected students receive a 1: 1 interview with Mark Anderson, usually those not going to university All students invited to a small group meeting CV checking service, professional recruitment consultant visit to give 1: 1 feedback on CVs Industry talks.
Careers Industry Talks Autumn Timetable All the following talks will take place from 3. 50 -4. 50 pm: Tuesday 16 th September - A Career as a Pilot Tuesday 30 th September - A Career in the Sports Industry Tuesday 14 th October - An apprenticeship with British Airways Tuesday 4 th November - A Career in the Secret Service Tuesday 18 th November - A Career in Social Policy Tuesday 2 nd December - A Career in Law
Results 2014 Value Added (Progress)
Value Added Results - AS level 2014 Results Students made progress equivalent to the top 5% nationally 2012 - 14 Results Students have made progress equivalent to the top 20% nationally
Value Added Results - A level 2014 Results Students made progress equivalent to the top 15% nationally 2012 - 14 Results Students have made progress equivalent to the top 15% nationally
The Key Stage 5 Ethos Achievement Work Ethic Securing the future Balance
Student Support, Care & Guidance Helping students realise their potential Student School Learning Home
School The fundamental learning process at Gordon’s Clear, specific targets related to students’ work What level am I working at? What are my next steps? How do I know? Assessment events ‘Position’ Statement
School A level Target Grades
Year 13 Target Grades School Represents top 10% student performance A Represents ‘average’ student performance B A Level Grades C D D C B A Average GCSE Grades A*
School Effort Grades 1 - 5 AS Results 2014 Student 1 2 3 GCSE Pts 5. 5 5. 7 7. 4 4 7. 1 Average Effort Grade AS Target Grades AS Grades B/C 1. 5 ACCC B/C 3. 2 DDUU A/B 1 AAAA A/B 2. 5 GCSE Pts A* = 8, A = 7, B = 6, C = 5 ABCD
School High quality teaching and learning - Lesson observations, student voice, data analysis Regular ‘next steps’ advice in lessons - Tri weekly feedback & half termly ‘Key Assessments’ Department reviews - Triennial Work sampling - Students’ books/ folders audited
School Prep/ Self study timings - Year 12 = Minimum 6 hours/subject/week - Year 13 = Minimum 8 hours/subject/week
School Each half term there is a progress report sent home including: • Target Grade • Working Grade • Effort Grade • Next Steps advice*
School Assessment, Recording & Reporting (ARR) Gordon’s ARR Philosophy - Little & Often (Every half term) - Conversation is better than written dialogue - Teacher’s judgement is valued
School Effort Grades 1 = Outstanding 2 = Very Good 3 = Good but occasionally inconsistent 4 = Cause for concern 5 = Unacceptable
School Each half term there is a progress report sent home including: • Target Grade • Working Grade • Effort Grade • Next Steps advice – alternates half termly
Reporting Target Grade Working Grade Effort Grade A statistically generated A level grade that is personal to each student and subject. The A level grade that a student is currently working at. The grade that reflects how hard a student is working. It is not a reflection of academic ability or performance.
School Curriculum - 5 x 55 min. lessons per subject per week Examinations - Linear (taken at the end of Year 12) - Controlled Assessment through KS 5
Student • There is no ‘magic dust’ at Gordon’s • Those students who achieve great grades: - work very hard and are resilient - have 100% attendance - do the ‘simple things well’ - prioritise their studies & make sacrifices - see Sixth Form as their ‘full time job’ - spend the right amount of time on prep.
Student Some anecdotes: - University places - Sacrificing part time work - Sacrificing a hobby - Easter, May Half term & anticipation of hindsight Gordon’s is full of healthy distractions but, given we deliver such an academic Curriculum and students are assessed predominantly at the end of Year 13, including re sits, at some point they do become just that.
School Sixth Form Agreement (new 2014 - 15) - Designed to support students academically - Comprises a commitment from Gordon’s to our Sixth Form students and vice - versa
School Sixth Form Agreement (new 2014 - 15) Gordon’s Sixth Form will provide: - Guidance time (8. 20 – 8. 40 am) - AS/A level Target Grades - Quality teaching & ‘Next Steps’ advice - Regular reporting - Facilities & resources - Work Experience & Career guidance - Clear communication channels - Extra Curricula activities
School Sixth Form Agreement (new 2014 - 15) Gordon’s Sixth Form students will prioritise: - Attendance & Punctuality - 100% at lessons & registration* - Effort - Average effort grade profile of 2. 0 or better - Achievement - Meet ‘Next Step’ targets - At AS achieve no more than 1 grade below TG - At AS achieve no lower than a grade D Students who meet this criteria will be - Volume of subjects ‘on track’ to achieve their potential. - Follow 4 AS levels Those that fall short of this criteria are in danger of ‘underachieving’ and extra self study sessions will be prescribed.
Home • Check books/ folders for quality of work/marking & organisation • Regularly discuss school and ‘Next Steps’ advice • Ensure students prioritise prep & get into good study habits • Reward/ sanction consistently and regularly (accountability) • Think ahead to career aspirations including University and/ or employment. www. ucas. co. uk
Miss Connery Head of Sixth Form & Assistant Head Teacher: Developing The Skilled Sixth Former
Support In The Transition Period Ø Ø Ø Ø Ø Interviews with senior staff Heads of House & private study facilities Re-mark and re-sit discussions Assessment Month in September UCAS & Career Morning Building new relationships Independent Learning: study skills support Induction in and out of the classroom Planners & contact with home
Support Throughout The Year Heads of House, Head of Year, Teachers & Tutors Elevate: planned programme throughout the year Intervention: practical strategies to support success Library Induction & Wider Reading Extension and Learning Support Private Study Facilities Admin Weeks Clinics & Revision Guides Outside Speakers & organised events UCAS, UExplore & Uni-Frog Reward & Celebrate
The Human Scholar Student evaluation reveals they are positive and happy because they enjoy good relationships with staff and other students. As well as formal calendar meetings the pastoral team operate an open door policy for both students and parents. We recognise the individual needs of students including the full range of Learning Support needs. We recognise the stresses of A Level studies and have an experienced pastoral team including professional counsellors.
Pleasure & Purpose Period 7 Ø CCF & Duke of Edinburgh Ø Volunteering Opportunities: 20 hours Ø Leadership roles Ø Inter-Form & Inter-House Ø Extension activities Ø Careers & Higher Education events Ø Trips & visits Ø Work Experience Ø Evaluation Ø Moving on Ø
Important Dates Coming Up This Half-Term Admin Week: W/B 15 th September CV & UCAS Writing Day: Friday 12 th September Oxbridge/Medic UCAS Forms: 15 th September Study Skills Session: Friday 19 th September Open House: Saturday 20 th 10. 00 am-12. 00 pm UCAS & Target Grades posted : Friday 26 th September Work Experience Parent Talk: Wednesday 24 th September Exeat begins Friday 26 th September Student Finance Talk: 1. 30 pm Wednesday 1 st October Assessment month ends & Last Day To Change Subjects: Friday 3 rd October UCAS deadline Monday 6 th October Assessment month ends & Last Day To Change Subjects: Friday 3 rd October Open Evening for new students: Wednesday 9 th October Inter-Form Debating Final: Thursday 16 th October NSA Report sent home: Friday 17 th October School Parade & Harvest Festival: 19 th October Half-Term Begins Friday 24 th October
Thank you for listening