Reporting to Parents

Parental engagement is pivotal

The way we report

Effective three-way communication between student, parent and teacher is essential in supporting our young learners to reach their full potential.

Our teachers report to parents up to three times a year using a mixture of reporting styles:

  • Interim

    Grades and concern codes from teachers regarding the student’s approach to their learning, effort in class, meeting ILT deadlines and conduct.

  • Profile

    Grades, comments and concern codes from teachers regarding the student's attitude towards work, achievement, attainment and areas for development.

  • Mock

    Grades and concern codes for Year 11, 12 and 13 students following the mock examinations in December/January.

All reports are published online to St Paul's Gateway, our secure online portal for students, parents and staff.

Reporting Schedule

Year Interim Interim 2 Profile Mock
7
21st Oct 2016
3rd Feb 2017
26th May 2017
8
10th Mar 2017
30th Jun 2017
9
25th Nov 2016
5th May 2017
10
7th Apr 2017
14th Jul 2017
15th Dec 2016
11
29th Jan 2017
4th Nov 2016
6th Jan 2017
12
4th Nov 2016
24th Mar 2017
27th Jan 2017
13
14th Oct 2016
10th Mar 2017
27th Jan 2017
Available     Due in the future     — Not applicable

All of these dates can be found on St Paul's Gateway in our College Calendar.

Together, we can make a real difference

Research shows that when schools and parents work together, learners do better. Maintaining an open, positive and supportive three-way relationship between student, teacher and parent is paramount to the success of your child. We ask that all parents attend Parents' Evening and recommend that you do so with your child for maximum benefit.

Before you arrive, please read your child's report, talk to your child about it and make a list of any questions you would like to ask your child's teacher. This can be a good starting point for discussing your child's progress and achievements. The report will usually contain some advice from the teacher on what your child can do to continue making progress. If there is anything in the report that you don't understand, ask your child's teacher about it at the parents' evening.

Parents' Evening can be an anxious time for parents. Our staff will make you feel welcome, helping you to relax and get the most out of the evening. It may be helpful to make notes so that you can reflect on the discussions you have had with your child's teachers when you get home. Appointments are short; if you feel this is not enough time to discuss everything that you need to, contact your child's teacher to arrange further discussion.

Appointments for Parents' Evening are made online. We will contact you several weeks before the evening with instructions for booking appointments.

Grades Explained

The grading system is changing

The government have changed the way that students are graded; the changes affect all students taking their exams in or after 2017. Instead of grades ranging from A* to G, the new system will grade students from 1 to 9 (9 being the highest possible grade).

A short video clip from the examination board AQA explaining the changes to the grading system.

The new system allows for greater differentiation between students previously achieving C and above. The old system does not directly correlate to the new system but the government have advised that approximately the same proportion of students who currently achieve a grade A or higher will receive a grade 7 or higher. Those students who currently achieve grade C or higher will receive a grade 4 or higher. Grade 9 will be a new grade for very high performing students, to be set as the top fifth of the current A grades. Grade 5 will be the benchmark for a 'good pass'. Grade 1 will be the same as grade G.

Something to discuss?

If you wish to discuss your child's progress, please contact your child's class teacher or tutor in the first instance.
Miss Dawes
Head of Key Stage 3
Mrs Galbraith
Head of Key Stage 4
Full staff contact list is available on Gateway.