At All Saints Catholic High School we want parents/carers to be equipped with Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) so that you can support your child in getting the very best from their education.
In addition to our Mission Statement ‘Love & Justice’ we aim to ensure that pupils leave with high aspirations, built in resilience and equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to achieve them.
We want your child to have enrichment and extra curricular opportunities that they will be proud to participate in as a representative of the school.
We also want our parents/carers to have access to information, knowledge and skills to support your child.
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Homework is seen as one of the principal ways in which pupil achievement can be raised. The benefits of doing homework needs to be instilled at an early age in all pupils in order for independent study whether at home, in school (pre or after hours).
For pupils KS4 (pupils in Years 11 and 10), all homework will be set and should be completed on the Google Classroom digital platform, using the device that was issued to all pupils in Y10 and Y11 (Y10 will be November 2021).
The homework will usually take the form of a short video clip, lasting no longer than 15 minutes to explain the topic and outline the task to be completed. During this time, pupils should be taking notes, and then move on to complete the task set. Each homework should take approximately 45 minutes to complete, and 2 subjects will be set each day.
For pupils in KS3 (Years 7-9), all homework will be set through a Knowledge Organiser (A knowledge organiser is a set of key facts or information that pupils need to know and be able to recall in order to master a unit or topic) and should be completed in their yellow homework exercise book. The Knowledge Organiser gives detailed instructions on how and when pupils should complete each homework.
Each homework should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and up to 2 subjects will be set each day. In order to complete their homework, pupils will be asked to use the “Look, Cover, Write & Check” method to go over their work, try to memorise important information, and test themselves on what they have been able to remember.
It is important that you encourage your child to work each evening so as not to fall behind and become overwhelmed with a large amount of work to complete in a short time.
A provision is available for students to attend, to complete their homework. The Learning Resource Centre is open from 7:45am to 4:15pm and is supported by two members of staff.
In the morning breakfast and a drink is provided and at night a snack and a drink, for all students who wish to attend.
The homework provision will not only provide a safe place for your child to be, it will also support your child in the completion of their homework, offers food and drink but it will also:
- Help students to understand that independent learning is vital to achieving success and raising attainment.
- Give every student the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
- Instil in all students the importance of Lifelong Learning.
- Provide training for students in planning and organising time.
- Promote a responsibility for learning within each student.
We understand that there may be times when your child needs to attend an appointment during the school day. We have procedures in place that when followed will ensure that everyone is aware of the appointment and your child received the attendance mark appropriate to the appointment.
Therefore if a pupil has a medical or orthodontist appointment then evidence should be provided and presented to the Progress Leader on or prior to the date of the appointment.
As a parent/carer, you should collect your child from school unless a letter is provided.
The letter is to be addressed to the Progress Leader for your child’s year group prior to the appointment date.
The letter should state – Name of the pupil, address & telephone number of where the medical/detail appointment is, the time and date of the appointment. Finally the letter should indicate the expected time when the pupil needs to leave school and what time the pupil will be returning to school.
A copy of the medical/orthodontist letter/appointment card should accompany parent/carer letter to school.
Please note: We would very much appreciate if, wherever possible, normal dentist appointments are made outside of school times.
If a pupil needs to be signed out of school due to injury or severe illness this will be communicated to the parent/carer at the earliest possible time.
A pupil will not be permitted to leave the premises for minor illnesses.
Parents’ evenings are important because they give you an opportunity to discuss what your child is doing at school and how they are getting on. You can also cover any issues you may want to talk about with the progress leader, form teacher, each subject teacher, or pupil support team.
Coming to parents’ evenings can help you to become better involved in your child’s learning. It helps you to give your child good, practical support and to make choices.
When schools and parents work together, children do better.
What makes the difference at parents’ evenings?
Parents’ evenings give you an opportunity to ask questions and share information about your child and their learning. You can strengthen your partnership with your child’s teacher. This helps the teacher to help your child.
Sometimes parents can find it difficult to attend parents’ evenings for a number of reasons. You may feel that you don’t have sufficient time with your child’s teacher. If this is the case, please telephone your child’s Progress Leader so that we can make other arrangements.
All Saints Parents’ Evening will offer:
Support Services for attendance, Special Educational Needs, Alternative Programmes, Free School Meals.
So, by coming to parents’ evenings you can make a real difference to your child’s learning. Parents’ evenings help you to play an active role in discussing your child’s progress. All Saints Catholic High School will value your views and you can pick up practical suggestions about how you can help at home.