At d’Overbroeck’s our aim is for every student to achieve his or her personal potential. The first step is to ensure we understand what that potential is and, to help us begin to do this, we use MidYIS data generated by the specialist education centre at the University of Durham. Every student who joins us before Year 10 takes a set of non-curriculum based tests and the results are used, along with our professional judgement, to develop personal goals for each student at GCSE. We aim for these to be stretching as research has shown high aspirations to be influential in achieving success. Our small classes and excellent teaching mean we add significant value, often far surpassing ‘predictions’ made by MIdYIS.
Each teacher monitors the academic progress of every student on a lesson-by-lesson basis and regular, meaningful feedback is an important part of this. Small class sizes and excellent relationships mean teachers will engage with every student every lesson, whether that be in a one-to-one conversation, or by formative written feedback. Students are encouraged to take an active role in evaluating where they are doing well, and for deciding what they will do to improve.
Our robust formal monitoring systems mean we can track each student’s overall progress in real time and can spot any issues quickly. Feedback to parents is regular and detailed with progress reports every half term (at approximately six week intervals), full written reports twice a year and regular parents’ evenings.
Communication with parents is not limited to these formal interactions, however. We believe in working in partnership with parents and our door is always open. Any parent is free to contact any member of staff at any time. Form teachers are likely to be your first port of call as they are the person with an overview of your child’s progress, not just academically but in every aspect of their school life.