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Engage Enable Empower. Thornleigh Salesian College - A Sports College. Welcome Year 8 Information Advice & Guidance Evening. Engage Enable Empower.

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Engage Enable Empower

Thornleigh Salesian College - A Sports College

WelcomeYear 8Information Advice & Guidance Evening

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Introduction Mrs Burrowes

Care, Guidance and Support Mrs O’Callaghan

Curriculum, targets & reporting Mr McGovern

Study Support Mr Johnston

Form Tutors and other colleagues will be available at the end if you wish to speak with them.

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Care,Guidance

and Support

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  • We strive for and expect the highest standards of
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Behaviour
  • Courtesy
  • Respect
  • So that your children will be ready for the adult world and the world of work.
  • We will work to support them to achieve their highest academic potential.
  • We will challenge them if they do not meet our expectations.
  • We seek to work in partnership with you to make them the best that they can be.
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All students should aim for 100% attendance.

Anything below 93% will have a significant impact on their achievement

90% attendance means that a student is absent from lessons for the equivalent of one half-day every week

Absent half a day week

every

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If a student continues to attend for only 90% of the time, then over five years they will miss the equivalent of about half of a school year

Sept July

Y7

Y8

Y9

Half a year absent from school

Y10

Y11

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There is a direct correlation between a student’s attendance and their attainment

They need to be here!

They need to be here on time – is a student is late they will receive a lunchtime detention for the same day.

They need to be ready to learn – they need all the right equipment and they need to be in the right frame of mind. We do not allow fizzy drinks, energy drinks, lucozade etc. Students are not allowed to be eating between lessons and we discourage them from having family size bags of crisps etc.

They need to be free from distraction – no mobile phones or MP3 players are allowed on or even visible during or between lessons. Please don’t ring or text your child during the day.

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  • Behaviour for Learning means that students are:
  • Engaged
  • Ready to learn
  • Prepared
  • Completing work to the highest standard
  • Actively seeking to improve all the time
  • Allowing others to learn effectively too
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Care Guidance and Support Team

Mrs Pawlowski – Director of Care Guidance and Support

Mr Hockenhull – Assistant Director Care Guidance and Support

Mr Grant – Director of Learning Support

Mr Angus – Lead Learning Mentor for Year 8

Miss McKinnon– Student Progress Co-ordinator for Year 8

8 Alpha – Miss Wilson

8 Beta – Mr Fairclough

8 Gamma –Miss Doorey

8 Delta – Miss Carroll

8 Kappa – Miss Reid

8 Theta – Miss Collins

8 Sigma – Mr Hesford

8 Omega – Mrs Slater

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  • Home – School Partnership
  • It’s important that we are aware of issues that may be going on at home, these often impact on school
  • Your child’s form tutor is a key person in their life they co-ordinate the ‘big picture’ in respect of your child so please contact them if there is an issue, either telephone school, or email to contact@thornleigh.bolton.sch.uk with their name on and the message will be forwarded to them.
  • If you require any support from individual subjects in terms of study support then please contact us so that we can help with this.
  • Core Subject Leaders are
  • Maths – Mr Dewhurst
  • English – Mrs Harmer
  • Science – Miss Burke
  • Please support us if we have to make a difficult decision regarding your child – we are on the same side and all want what is best for them.
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Curriculum Organisation

Targets

Reporting

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How Students in Year 8 are Organised

Form Groups:

All students are in one of 8 mixed-ability form groups:

Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Kappa, Theta, Sigma and Omega

During the first 15 minutes at the start of every day students either attend an assembly or a Registration period with their Form group.

Once a week students have a Tutorial Period – during this time they work on developing a variety of skills that can be used across the curriculum.

The year group is split into two halves – ABGD and KTSO.

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  • Teaching Groups:
  • Students in Year 8 are taught in sets that are determined by ability.
  • There are different sets for:
    • English
    • Maths
    • Science
    • Languages
    • Technology
  • RE
  • Geography
  • History
  • Art
  • Music
  • Citizenship

There are 5 sets for each curriculum area in each half of the year.

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  • Target Setting
  • When students join Thornleigh in Year 7 we receive details of how they performed in their National Curriculum KS2 tests in English and Maths – SATS.
  • As parents you were given the results in terms of levels; Level 4,5 etc.
  • We take the actual scores and further refine these levels into what we call sub-levels.
  • For example a large number of students may have received a level 5. By using the scores we will sub-divide this cohort into:
    • students who just got a level 5 - 5c
    • a middle cohort - 5b
    • the highest achieving level 5 students - 5a
    • We use these sub-levels as the starting point from which we set targets.
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Target Setting

The Government expects that all students should make 2 levels of progress between the end of KS2 and the end of KS3.

If a student enters Thornleigh having achieved a level 5b in English we would expect them to have at least reached a level 7b by the end of Year 9.

Using this benchmark we set targets for every student in every subject.

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Target Setting

A student’s English target is based on their KS2 English result

A student’s Maths target is based on their KS2 Maths result

All other targets are based on an average of a student’s KS2 English and Maths results

Students know what their targets are and are expected to write them at the front of each exercise book.

Targets are always shown alongside a student’s current Attainment grades on all reports..

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  • Analysing Student Performance
  • Data about how well students are performing is collected centrally 3 times a year.
  • Each time this data is collected a student’s performance relative to their target is assessed by:
    • The class teacher
    • The Head of Department
    • The Year group’s Care, Guidance and Support Team
    • A member of the school’s Leadership Team
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Tracking Marksheet

Thornleigh Salesian College - A Sports College

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We are currently reviewing how we set our Key Stage 3 targets.

At the moment we use the Government’s benchmark that student’s should be making 2 levels of progress from end of KS2 to end of KS3.

Certainly for some students this needs to be more ambitious.

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Analysing Student Performance

The aim is to know exactly how each student is performing and, if necessary, to put in place strategies to address problems before it’s too late.

The later intervention strategies to correct a situation are implemented the more difficult it is for them to be successful.

By effective analysis of each student’s performance the aim is to KEEP UP rather than CATCH UP.

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Year 8 Reports

There are three reports in the year.

Report Dates for this Year:

Progress Report 1: This week

Progress Report 2; February 31st

Full Report: July 22nd

Parents Evening:

Parents’ Evening: Thursday 8th March

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Study Support

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The Bigger Picture

Preparing young people to take their place in a rapidly changing world.

* by 2020 there will be 3 million fewer low skilled jobs than today

* by 2020 40% of all jobs will require a degree

* by 2014 UK will need 324,000 more scientists and engineers

* the top 10 jobs today did not exist 6 years ago

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The bigger picture

Qualifications for the future

Don’t just think of 2015 but 2017 and 2020!

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Success in the education of children depends, at least in some part, on the involvement of their parents. If a child sees that their parents are enthusiastic about education, they are far more likely to view their schooling in a positive light, and be more receptive to learning.

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VLE

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VLE

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My Maths

General access

User name: Thornleigh

Password: cube

Students have a specific user name and password to access work set for them by their teacher.

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SAM Learning

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Thank youForm Tutors and other members of staff available now if you wish to speak to them

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