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Parents Evening to Academic Progress Evenings

Academic Progress Evenings (APEs)

We are constantly looking to review and improve our parent-teacher communication and collaboration at the Martin High School. We truly believe that we can make the difference to your child’s progress by working closely together with you as a parent or guardian.

What can I expect at the Academic Progress Evenings?

Firstly, there will now be two of these evenings over the course of the year, rather than the traditional once-a-year “Parents’ Evening”. We have listened to your previous feedback and agree that two evenings to discuss your child’s progress is more helpful than one plus a standard report.

We want to give you more opportunity to discuss your child’s learning in all subject areas and therefore to allow you to better understand and track their progress at the Martin High School. As such, we do ask that you bring your child with you to these events, so that we can effectively discuss and improve your child’s outcomes at the school.

Five areas of discussion:

Your child’s teachers will discuss the following areas during the APE, which we believe are the five fundamental areas of their learning and progress at our school:

· Progress – how your child is currently meeting their potential in each subject area.

· Behaviour and Effort – how they are currently behaving and trying in each lesson.

· Classwork and Homework – what their day-to-day classwork is like; effort and progress made in homework tasks.

· Overall Presentation and Literacy – how well they are presenting their work, to the best of their abilities, and how well they are demonstrating the basic literacy skills of correct spellings, capitals, punctuation marks and grammar.

· Agreed EBI target to improve progress – a specific, time-related target for your child in each subject; discussed and agreed on between you, your child and their teacher.

Please note, we are moving away from a system of discussing ‘levels’ or ‘grades’ with pupils and parents at KS3, as we want to ensure that we truly focus on pupil progress (success and next steps), rather than simply their attainment. We will discuss levels at KS4, as pupils build towards their GCSE exams.

We hope that in making these changes, we will be providing you with clearer, more effective and more pertinent feedback regarding your child’s progress at the Martin High School.

Academic Progress Evenings Schedule and accompanying letters:

Click here for the Year 7 APE Letter 1

Click here for the Year 7 APE Letter 2

Click here for the Year 8 APE Letter 1

Click here for the Year 8 APE Letter 2

Click here for the Year 9 APE Letter 1

Click here for the Year 9 APE Letter 2

Click here for the Year 10 APE Letter 1

Click here for the Year 10 APE Letter 2

Click here for the Year 11 APE Letter 1

Click here for the Year 11 APE Letter 2

 

We very much look forward to seeing you on the evening.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. D Thomas,
Head of Faculty, Martin High School.