Year 12 Parents’ Information Evening
Tonight’s Aims
For you to leave with a better understanding of:
 2012/13 results
 Key Stage 5 Ethos
 Target Grades
 Assessment, Recording & Reporting (ARR)
 Desired student behaviours
 Student Support, Care & Guidance
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New teaching staff
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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
SUMMER WORKS
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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
Gordon’s School
Year 11 GCSE Headlines
Listed in the Daily Telegraph's 30 top non-selective state schools for the last 10 years
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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
PERIOD
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OPPORTUNITIES
SEVEN OPTIONS
Extended Project (EPQ)
Career-Industry Talks
Camel School Magazine
Yearbook
Chess
Latin
Debating
Presentation skills
Award in Personal Finance, two-day course (by application, free to all
Y12)
j) TEFL Level 2 Qualification, two-day course (by application, free to all
Y12)
k) LAMDA lessons free to all Y12 by application for those involved in (g)
and (h)
Year 12
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Careers Speed Dating
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Work placement
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Free Morrisby test in June
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Careers interview and Morrisby debrief Sept-Oct
2015
Career Industry Talks
Autumn Timetable
All the following talks will take place from 3.50-4.50pm:
 Tuesday 16th September - A Career as a Pilot
 Tuesday 30th September - A Career in the Sports
Industry
 Tuesday 14th October - An apprenticeship with British
Airways
 Tuesday 4th November - A Career in the Secret Service
 Tuesday 18th November - A Career in Social Policy
 Tuesday 2nd December - A Career in Law
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
AS level Results – Top 20 students
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10% of students = AAAA
Average Effort Grade Profile
Top 20 students = 1 1 1 2
Bottom 20 students = 2 2 3 3
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
‘Position’
Statement
What level
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working at?
What are my
next steps?
How do
I know?
Assessment
events
School
AS level Target Grades
Year 12 Target Grades
School
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10% student
performance
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‘average’
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performance
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AS
Level
Grades C
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A*
Average GCSE Grades
School
Effort Grades 1 - 5
Average Effort Grade
AS Results 2014
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AS Target Grades AS Grades
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ACCC
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GCSE Pts
A* = 8, A = 7, B = 6, C = 5
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School
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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
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Prep/ Self study timings
- Year 12 = Minimum 6 hours/subject/week
- Year 13 = Minimum 8 hours/subject/week
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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
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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 AS grade that is
personal to each student and subject.
The AS 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
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Curriculum
- 5 x 55 min. lessons per subject per week
Examinations
- Linear (taken at the end of Year 12)
- Controlled Assessment through KS5
Student
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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.
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Some ‘case studies’
- University places and GCSE results
- Sacrificing part time work
- Sacrificing a hobby
- Making a choice; Easter & anticipate hindsight
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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 12, at some point they do become just that.
School
Sixth Form Agreement
(new 2014 - 15)
Sixth Form Agreement (new 2014 - 15)
- Designed to support students academically
- Involves a commitment from Gordon’s to
our Sixth Form students and vice - versa
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Sixth Form Agreement
(new 2014 - 15)
Gordon’s Sixth Form will provide:
- Guidance time (8.20 – 8.40am)
- AS/A level Target Grades
- Quality teaching & ‘Next Steps’ advice
- Regular reporting
- Facilities & resources
- Work Experience & Career guidance
- Clear communication channels
- Extra Curricula activities
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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
• Think of Year 12 as ‘Year 11 who have had a 10 week holiday’
• 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 Headteacher:
Developing The Skilled Sixth Former
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Interviews with senior staff
Heads of House & private study facilities
Assessment Month in September to identify
any concerns & changes
New Year: new start, new demands
Building new relationships
Independent Learning: study skills support
Induction in and out of the classroom
Planners & contact with home
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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
U-Explore & Uni-Frog
Reward & Celebrate
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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 AS Level
studies and have an experienced pastoral
team including professional counsellors.
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Period 7
Volunteering Opportunities: 20 hours
Leadership roles
Inter-Form & Inter-House
Extension activities
Careers & Higher Education events
Trips & visits
Work Experience
Evaluation
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Admin Week: W/B 15th September
Study Skills Session: Friday 19th September
Open House: Saturday 20th 10.00am-12.00pm
Target Grades issued W/B Monday 29th September
Work Experience Parent Talk: Wednesday 24th September
Exeat begins Friday 26th September
Assessment month ends & Last Day To Change Subjects: Friday 3rd
October
Open Evening for new students: Wednesday 9th October
Inter-Form Debating Final: Thursday 16th October
Progress Report sent home: Friday 17th October
School Parade & Harvest Festival: 19th October
Half-Term Begins Friday 24th October
Thank you for listening
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