A big ‘thank you’ to all the parents who attended the recent KS 3 Mentoring Day. The day was an innovative move away from the traditional Parents’ Evening, and was designed to allow your child’s Tutor to be at the heart of their learning. The average attendance across the Key Stage was 76%, a figure significantly higher than previous Parents’ Evenings.

The feedback from parents, students and staff was overwhelmingly positive.
Parents were particularly impressed by the welcome from the staff, the quality of the discussion and the quality of the data presented to the parents. Pleasingly, 97% of parents and students felt that they had enough information and support to make progress.

88% of students enjoyed the discussion. The reasons cited for their enjoyment were related to the fact that it was good to see their Tutor in such a light and that the conversation was more productive (and relaxed) compared to the traditional Parents’ Evening. Furthermore, 89% of students felt that they had a better understanding of how to improve their learning.

All of the staff involved felt they had improved their knowledge of the students,
and that the experience had increased their effectiveness as a learning coach.

We have taken on board the constructive comments from parents and students and will endeavour to ensure that next year’s event is even more successful.

Those students who were not seen on the day will be seen by their Tutor, or a member of the KS3 Pastoral Team between now and Easter.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the day itself, please do not hesitate to contact me through the web site, or by phoning me at the college. I look forward to hearing from you.

Geoff Dixon