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We have had a great start to the year; I would like to thank you for ensuring that your child(ren) arrive to school ready to learn, on time, are smartly dressed in their new uniforms and have all their equipment. We have been impressed with the commitment of all our students to school life which, in turn, ensures we can remain focused on exceeding expectations in terms of achievement and progress.

New KS3 Assessment - Mastery Model – for deep and secure learning

The new WHP KS3 assessment system has been phased in over the last year, with English, Maths and Science trialling it in KS3 during 2015/6 and all other subjects launching this term. Students build New National Curriculum skills and content over each year, with pre and post testing and final assessment key indicators of how well the students have understood a particular unit of work. The assessment informs teaching and intervention. The simplest way to summarise our new system is through this diagram:

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Groupings and Aspirational Target Setting

All students have been organised into groups, for the majority of lessons, based on prior attainment. These groupings are based on teacher assessments in lessons, data from primary schools and CAT results. We do review all groupings each term, when a new data set is produced, which can lead to movement between groups. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mr Hyland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

In addition, we set aspirational targets based on prior attainment. Information about how aspirational targets are set and the high expectations we have of all our students can be found in the grid overleaf.  This fits in with our aim to develop a secure understanding of the key ideas needed for successful performance in KS4. Whatever the nature of the assessment, the outcomes will generate a grade on this scale or be converted to a grade on this scale through our new system – Go4Schools. Please see the attached letter from Mr Hyland re access to our new assessment, attendance and behaviour system.

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Safeguarding

Our school feels it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all the activities which the school undertakes. This means that all stakeholders must be alert to possible concerns about every student, and to report these in the correct fashion. To understand our procedures, please refer to the Federation Child Protection Policy on our school website. Contact Ms Plimmer, our Safeguarding Officer, or myself if you require any further information or help in this area.

Email

If you have still not given your email address to school, please do so, as there is a wealth of information that is communicated via this method, not least the fantastic newsletter that Mr Heery coordinates on a weekly basis. If you have not added your email address to the contact form, please send a letter to reception with your child in an envelope. This should show the email address and it must be signed.

Dates for your diary

Please see the attached calendar, which details up-and-coming events/holidays. My Head of School drop-ins have been a wonderful way to meet parents/carers over the last three years and have given you the chance to give positive feedback and ask questions about our policies and practice. Drop-ins will continue to take place on the first Monday of every month. Please ring my PA, Heather Crofts, or contact her on, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in order to book a fifteen minute appointment between 2-4pm. Just a reminder that the Parent/Teacher Association goes from strength to strength – the first meeting of the year will be held at 7pm in the Meeting Room on 5th October: we would welcome any parent/carer who is interested in raising funds for the school.

Thank you for your time in reading this letter. I look forward to meeting you at one of our fantastic events over coming weeks and months.

Kindest regards

Mrs Caley

Head of School