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Meet the New Headteacher Evenings for Parents Feedback

It was fantastic to welcome so many parents to the three evenings that I held over the course of the last fortnight for parents to come and meet me, hear about the vision for the school, my educational philosophy and the way forward following the recent Ofsted inspection.

As the questions from parents each evening were varied, and for the benefit of those parents who were unable to attend, I thought I’d summarise the key things that parents raised, and give you some feedback on how we’ll follow up your concerns or questions raised.

Question / Concern Raised                      Follow up                                                                
Staffing, triple lessons in a day and continuity of staffing. We will advertise nationally when recruiting to ensure that we have the best possible field of candidates. We are improving the way that we market our school to prospective candidates, and we will focus on developing, nurturing, and retaining quality staff and through improving staff morale. Two or three lessons in the same day is a product of part timism amongst our teaching staff. We will continue to review our flexible working policy on an annual basis.
Clashes of subject clinics when they are on the same night. Our staff lead so many opportunities outside of the timetabled day for students but we will look at how we can avoid clashes for students to minimise the impact.
Inconsistent use of Show my Homework. Insufficient homework set. We will improve the consistency of homework setting using Show My Homework as a tool. As parents, you play a vital role in supporting your child in their home learning.
Inconsistent use of the Behaviour Policy We continue to reinforce our high expectations of students across the schools and will work to improve the consistency of our approach.
How is intervention working? We are currently reviewing roles and responsibilities within the intervention team in order that we provide the highest quality provision for our students.
What do students do whilst in detention? They complete the Behaviour Reflections Sheet which encourages them to think about why they are in detention, the impact that their actions had on themselves and others, and what they need to do to move forward.
The tone of detention letters sent home with “categories” of behaviour The categories are generated through our School Information Management System. We are currently reviewing this system and will endeavour to provide greater detail for parents on the reasons for a detention.

Colour coding on Reports produced this year.
Consistency of Working At grades introduced on reports this year – what do these mean / represent? Need a consistent meaning across faculties if parents are to make sense of these grades on a report.
There is too much information on the current reports.
Consistency across faculties and teachers with reporting information has been an issue.

Reports were adapted a few years ago in response to parent and governor working groups.
Since the introduction of a new national system of grades at GCSE (9-1 instead of A*-G) and the removal of KS3 Levels we are reviewing a new system that was introduced for data and reporting at the beginning of this academic year. We have already changed some of the colour coding on the reports

Science teaching – want strategies to help catch up with work for current Year 10 students.

We already have plans in place to give more teaching time to Science in Year 9 next year.
The Science department are looking at how best to support students who would like more support with their learning

The school environment We are looking at how we can improve the school environment by embarking on a programme of painting. If you have an idea of how we can get together large numbers of volunteers, please let us know.








































I was really heartened to know that parents are so supportive of the school and want to work in partnership with us, so that together, we can make our school outstanding for our young people.

I want to continue to foster an open dialogue with parents as you are a vital part of our school. If anyone is interested in joining the Friends of Gosford Hill School, please email the school office. Similarly, if you have an idea on how we can improve the school, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your support over the past three weeks as I’ve got to know the school.

Nigel Sellars

Posted: 2016-05-03 09:34:27
Last Edited: 2016-07-05 15:02:14