Year 7 Parents Information Evening

Year 7 Parents’ Information Evening 26 September 2016 6.00pm • Welcome Dr Stuart Wilson (Headteacher) • The Year Ahead Mr Malcolm Balster (Head of Ke...
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Year 7 Parents’ Information Evening 26 September 2016 6.00pm

• Welcome Dr Stuart Wilson (Headteacher) • The Year Ahead Mr Malcolm Balster (Head of Key Stage 3) • Aspirations for Year 7 Mrs Olivia Battye (Head of Year 7) • Examinations, assessment and reporting Mr Rob Reid (Assistant Headteacher)


GCSE Results 2016 KS4 % A* % A*-A % A*-B % A*-C % 5+ A*- A % 8+ A*- B % 5+ A*- B % 5+ A*-C (E+M) • • • • •

School 19 47 79 93 50 71 89 99.4

National 5 17 37 62

35 (29%) boys achieved 8 or more A*-A grades 110 (92%) boys achieved at least 1 A*-A grades Achievement for all - Value Added (KS2-KS4) – 6yr increase in VA measured against FFT Real Schools Guide based on 25 different measures – 5* rating, 3rd in Glos, 128th UK (3109) 95 have joined the 6th form with 52 boys from other schools

A level Results 2016 KS5 % A* % A*-A % A*-B % A*-C % A*-E

School 11 33 66 87 99.4

National 8.5 26 50 74 97

Achievement for all - Value Added (KS4-KS5) - Measured in a data set of 2580 A level providers with ¼ million students - A Level results place Marling in the top 25% of providers

Destinations • 86 students at UK Universities • 44% Russell Group • 2 Oxbridge • 1 UCL, 1 LSE, 2KCL • 4 Bath, 6 Cardiff, 5 Exeter, 9 Plymouth • 1 Medicine • 2 Apprenticeships (inc. GCHQ)

• 1 Art Foundation, 1 Performing Arts, 1 Acoustic Engineering

Your Sons • Settled in well

• Made a good start • Ambitious Future careers • Interrogator for GCHQ!!! • Magician • Gourmet Chef • Boat builder, Engineer, Doctor, Actor, Physicist, Professional Athlete, Sports commentator, Rocket scientist at Kennedy Space Centre, Lung surgeon, Paediatrician, Professional golfer, Astrophysicist or astronomer, Software designer, Professional footballer, Author, Inventor, Sports coach, Pilot, Engineer, Animal trainer, Astronaut, Policeman, Computer programmer, Vet, Animator, Graphic designer, Politics, Detective, Work at an Australian zoo, Commercial architect, Magician, Robotics engineer, Zoologist, Photographer, Survivalist, Archaeologist, Palaeontologist, Animator for Aardman studios, Journalist, Human rights charity worker, Join Navy, Train engineer, Illustrator, Property developer, Music producer, Barrister, Firefighter, Sheep/arable farmer, Dentist, Zookeeper, MP, Lego set designer

Your Sons Talented: • • • •

Music – piano, drums, trombone, guitar, saxophone, violin Performing –street dancing, Diablo Creative – origami, drawing, designed and made a balsa wood ship, writing horror stories, baker Sports – tennis, football, golf, table tennis, rugby, athletics, cricket, tae-kwon do, swimming, trampolining, basketball, paddle-boarding, kayaking, skiing, water polo, mountain biking, ice hockey, rock climbing, javelin, sailing, one handed push ups, pony riding (jumps), riding a unicycle

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Complete a Rubik’s cube in 2mins 3secs Recite alphabet backwards in under 5 seconds

Headstand whilst surfing

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I make a mean pancake I make a mean cup of tea


Strange double jointed fingers

Your Sons Remembered for: •

As Head Boy!

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Leader, Team player, Hard worker, Caring, Thoughtful Unique Homework in on time A bright and happy boy, Make friends easily Winning lots of awards, Achieving my goals A boy who took every opportunity offered

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That I made a valuable contribution to the school Coaching skills

Standing out in class

As his favourite student ever at Marling School

We’ll find out in 7yrs time!

Oh trust me, you will remember me!!

Student Responsibilities •








Aim for ‘Tea with the Head’

In the news BBC News: Waking for social media leaves pupils 'always tired‘ Of the 436 14- to 15-year-olds surveyed: • 28% stay up beyond midnight on school nights • 23% wake to use social media almost every night • a further 15% do so at least once a week

BBC News: Extra screen time 'hits GCSE grades‘ Researchers studies Year 10 students and found an additional hour of screen-time each day was associated with 9.3 fewer GCSE points at 16 - the equivalent of dropping a grade in two subjects. Television had the most detrimental effect.

In the news BBC News: Early university ambitions pay off, survey suggests • A study of 16,000 students suggests the younger they decide, the more likely they are to attend a university with tough entrance requirements • UCAS chief executive said: "Having a focus on university helps provide the rationale for working hard and doing well at GCSEs, which is the strongest predictor of success in higher education.“

Daily Mail: Facebook and Twitter 'are making children feel uglier and more likely to argue with their parents' • Survey looked at 10-15-year-olds who use social media three hours a day • 53 per cent of them were happy with their looks compared to 82 per cent of non-users • Heavy users argue with mothers more, 44 per cent, compared to half that

Developments • • • • •

Five tutor groups in year 7 Teaching School – our first cohort of teacher trainees Creative Arts Block PE Changing Rooms Aspens - new catering firm, anticipate cashless catering later this year

A Request f40 – group of lowest funded authorities: Fairer funding formula delayed Mini bus Hundreds of library books iPads and iPods Printing press in art

Supporting the Debating Society Cameras And much more!

Gift Aid – Donate £1 a month online Donate your time: • 30 mins a year to help serve refreshments? • Be part of a working party • Offer your skills • Easy Fundraising (£2,092.07 – 136th highest PTA) • Marling School Target Fund

Please remember • • • • • • • •

Plan B for missing the bus/train Avoid phoning or texting your son during the school day Phone by 9am on the first day of absence and update us if absence continues – further details are in the boys’ planners Use the `Request for Absence’ form when requesting permission for non-medical absence (under ‘Parent Information’ on the website) Always go to reception if you want to meet with a teacher or collect your son Label all your son’s belongings (lost property) Avoid expensive technology, stationary, football boots etc. Look out for large sweet collections!

Learning Habits - Linked to Learning Profile grade • • • •

Tolerate the emotional ups and downs of learning. Bounce back from frustration and failure. Concentrate and be fascinated. Manage distractions.

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Be a team member. Create convincing arguments. Listen to others whilst keeping an open mind. Explore the positive skills and attitudes around you.

Learning Habits • • • •

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Investigate links and connections. Balance reason and imagination. Be inquisitive and radical. Ask questions.

Be flexible. Self appraise your learning. Plan and anticipate needs and obstacles. Review and revise your approach as you go along.

How can you help? •

Fridge magnet

Coach them What do I know? What do I need to know? What is the most useful thing I know? How can I start? Do I need to find out more information?

Praise the effort and the strategy

For example: a zoo keeper has lost his ability to distinguish between elephants and emus. However, he is still able to recognise and count eyes and feet. He counts 58 eyes and 84 feet. How many of each animal are there?

How can you help? What do I know? What do I need to know? What is the most useful thing I know? How can I start?

The feet and eyes are all multiples of 2 An elephant has twice as many feet as an emu 26 more feet than eyes

He counts 58 eyes and 84 feet 13 elephants (26 eyes, 52 feet) 16 emus (32 eyes, 32 feet)

The Virtual Learning Environment • Welcome to MarVLE

Head of Key Stage 3 Malcolm Balster [email protected]

Head of Year 7 Olivia Battye Head of Year [email protected]

Literacy at Marling Literacy is a CORE SKILL – not just for the English classroom The importance of Literacy:

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Listening, reading, writing, speaking and digital literacy Cross curricular Key for job success in the future GCSE textbooks: reading age of 16+ Exam marks for SPaG



Accelerated Reader •

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Students complete STAR Test 4 times a year – measures reading age and suggests levels of books to read – not related to NC levels. Students write this information in hwk diaries along with the 2 quizzes a term – passed at 70%. We have over 4,000 AR rated books in the library and there are 25,000+ in print. The boys need to read 2x AR quizzed books a term but are welcome to read non AR books as extras. Prizes for avid readers and encouragement given to reluctant readers.

Students have an average of 15 hours reading time per 6 week term: • Library lesson - 1 hour a fortnight • Tutor time – 15 minutes once a week • 20 minutes reading time every night (research shows this is the amount required to make academic progress) • As a potential extension activity in lessons (book in the bag)

Aspirations for Year 7 Academic success • View to August 2021 • Building good habits Enriching school lives • Exploring wider opportunities at Marling e.g. Arts, Sports, Debating, Languages, Warhammer • Grasping every opportunity and even moving outside their comfort zone. • Leadership • Personal development • Enjoying school life and feeling valued • Culture of work hard……play hard!

…. So Far …. • • • • • • • • •

Induction day 1 in July Induction day 2 in September “Real” lessons Homework Life skills Lunch in the dining hall (New Caterers getting positive feedback) Lunch and break times with the big boys! “The Gap” Year 7 Camp – induction and team building

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results – The activities 1


















No Comment

Activities Rating % 1% 1% 4% Excellent


1.26 100.00


Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory No Comment

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results – The activities         

It was great – nothing can be improved Very good but would have liked to do all activities Fun and enjoyed building friendships Very good but thinks improvements could be made to the problem solving activity The activities were good however there was too much spare time and the orienteering was boring Fun and enjoyable and helped me get to know things about my form Fun, muddy and got you active Well spread out over the two days They were great, you never really found you had nothing to do whilst doing the activities. Although a couple of times I did have trouble finding something to do – probably because I did not have my phone.

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results –The Food 1


















No Comment

1.26 100.00

Food Rating % 1% 8% 30%


Excellent Good Satisfactory



Unsatisfactory No Comment

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results –The Food         

Very very tasty Food was great but could be improved with a wider selection Food was good and there was enough for everyone The food was very good, especially the burgers I really enjoyed the food and it was all done quickly and well The food was good – no complaints It wasn’t the best and it could be better like cooking the beef for a bit longer Bigger portions. More things to choose from The meat I found slightly tender. It was more cooked on one side than the other. It was not very well prepared. More seasoning, cucumber, tomatoes, pickles. Very basic burger. Edible

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results – The Tents 1








Tents Rating Rating Excellent Good

% 35.22 37.74





No Comment

0.63 100.00 Total

1% 5% 21%


Excellent Good Satisfactory


Unsatisfactory No Comment

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results – The Tents             

Great tent, did not get cold or wet Great!! The tent set up was good but if we needed to improve our friendships we could have had more than one house in each field (?!) It was very nice but not the most comfortable thing in the world. I liked the way it was laid out They were fine and I don’t think that anyone’s fell down Well organised Good but a little squashed Tents were nice and they were a nice place to chill and rest for the fun and activities They were good but my tent fell down It was hard for me to carry all my stuff to the bus I enjoyed choosing who I could share a tent with I enjoyed my tent and slept well and I was happy I could share with my friends I’m not a very good sleeper when it comes to hard surfaces

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results – The Company 1









Company Ratings










No Comment

1.26 100.00 Total


1% 2%




Good Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory No Comment

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results – The Company          

Everyone was very nice and friendly I enjoyed playing with the older helpers and the staff were all funny and enjoyable I enjoyed the company and I also had fun Everybody was helpful fun and encouraging Everybody was friendly and helpful Everyone was fairly nice and friendly and the staff were all nice and helped us a lot Most people were nice I really liked the staff and how the tents were arranged in their houses I liked the staff and how they had lots of things for us to do and also the tent lay out Some people made a few unnecessary remarks, but it didn’t affect the overall experience. It was nice to choose our sleeping roommates and to be able to have free roam when not doing activities

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results – The Camp Site 1








Camp Site Rating Rating Excellent Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory No Comment

% 35.00 46.25 11.88 6.25 0.63 100.00 Total



6% 35%

Excellent Good Satisfactory


Unsatisfactory No Comment

Year 7 Cranham Camp Survey Results -The Camp Site      

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Great campsite The campsite was ok. It was on a hill which wasn’t very good and the ground was very wet. The campsite was superb but the only downside to it was that we had to sleep on a slope Would have liked closer toilets I thought that there would be more things to do The campsite was great but the tents were on slopes so you slide down during the night, there was also holes I got really tired having to walk all the way to the top of the field. I think that doing some things on different fields might make it better It was great, the fact that it was sloped made it more fun The camp site was good with all the equipment and activities It was a very large area and nice The campsite was perfect for the school and had lots of room for us to play, however the slope was a bit of a pain to sleep on

Sex and Relations Education Years 7 & 8 • •

Science lessons – Biology of reproduction Life Skills – puberty and emotions

Years 9 & 10 •

Sex and relationships education circus – – – –

Biology of reproduction Sexuality Relationships Sex and drugs • Always from the view of a loving relationship • Opt out

Parents Evenings • • • • • • •

Appointments based arrangement – 5 minutes duration Possibly 12 teachers to see? Each student has an appointments sheet in their diary to record the appointments they make Each teacher has a sheet to record appointments they make Appointment making is in lessons starting 2/3 weeks in advance of the Parents Evening Advice: in the build up to the evening – check how many appointments your son has made? Which teachers do you want to see? On the evening please stick to the 5 min appointment.

Key dates 2016/17: Year 7 • • • • • • • • • • • •

School Photograph (Be smart) – 29 September Whole School Photograph (Every 5 years) – 6 October Tutor intervention meetings; 1/2 December, 23/24 March & 19/20 June (with comments) Music Department: Christmas concert - 8 December; Spring concert – 6 April Elf (The Musical) – 14/15 December Parents evening – 9 February Farm Trip - 28 April Non-Uniform charity days -18 November, 9 December, 10 March Assessment – 2 -12 May KS3 Celebration of Achievement – 19 July (Provisional) Sports day – 6 July INSET – 10 October, 25 November, 20 March, 21 June.

Rewards and achievement • House points – For good academic work – Acts of citizenship – Extra curricular activity e.g. house music competition, house Drama competition

• Winning house an afternoon of fun activity with Mr Wilson and others in the PE department • Separate competition for y7 this year due to new house • House point recorded on SIMS – parents notified

Behaviour Reporting System • A system which facilitates a consistent and effective approach to dealing with behaviour issues • A digital record is generated for each behaviour incident for each student • Each record is sent home to parents via email • Teachers, Tutors and Heads of Year have access to the information and monitor individual student progress • The Homework system uses the same system – pastoral leaders will monitor and intervene with those who persistently fail to complete homework

Free School Meals • VALUE: one main meal per day

• CRITERIA: Receiving benefits e.g. Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support…..Household Income less than £16,000 • HOW: Free School Meal application dealt with by the Business Manager, Mrs Gray • Link to Pupil Premium Scheme

Examinations, assessment and reporting Rob Reid– Assistant Headteacher [email protected]

Why and how are GCSEs changing? GCSEs in England are being reformed: • •

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GCSE content will be more challenging but still suitable for all abilities GCSEs will be graded on a new scale of 9 to 1 rather than A* to G as now, with 9 the highest grade, to distinguish clearly between the reformed and unreformed qualifications A levels will allow more time for studying and better prepare students for university AS levels will be stand alone qualifications to reduce exam burden on students and teachers.

Reformed GCSEs •


New and more challenging content


All exams at the end of the course


Mainly by examination Non-exam assessment only where necessary


Foundation and higher tier permitted only in maths, science and modern foreign languages


New numbered scale (9 to 1 plus U), 9 is the highest New Government ‘good pass’ set at grade 5

New GCSE grading structure

In the first year, the same proportion of students will 7 and above

as currently get A achieve a grade

achieve a grade 4 and above

as currently get C and above

achieve a grade 1 and above

as currently get G and above

What does the GCSE ‘good pass’ mean? •

In the future, for the reformed GCSEs, the Government’s definition of ‘good pass’ will be set at grade 5.

Grade 5 will be awarded to around the top third of pupils gaining the equivalent of a grade C and bottom third of a grade B. This means that there will be fewer pupils achieving a ‘good pass’ than in previous years.

Working towards the new GCSEs in Years 7,8 and 9

Setting Targets

Meeting The student is meeting the minimum requirement for academic progress at Marling School. (Long term trajectory towards a GCSE grade 5) Exceeding The student is working at a level that exceeds the minimum requirement for academic progress at Marling School. (Long term trajectory towards a GCSE grade 6/7) Surpassing The student is working at a level that significantly exceeds the minimum requirement for academic progress at Marling School. (Long term trajectory towards a GCSE grade 8/9)

To Exceed or Surpass? Exceed To go beyond a boundary or specified point.

Surpass To be greater than Surpassing incomparable or outstanding

1 Student exhibits excellent attitude to maximising learning both in and away from the classroom, always seeking to go above and beyond. Student consistently exhibits a wide range of Marling Learning Habits with brilliant effect. 2 Student consistently displays a good attitude to learning. Student often exhibits a range of Marling Learning Habits to good effect and further improvement could be achieved by applying these in a wider context. 3 Student is capable of displaying a good attitude to learning, but this needs to be more consistent. Student is developing a range of Marling Learning Habits but needs to apply these more often. 4 Student has a poor and unfocused attitude to learning, work is not completed to a standard the student is capable of. Student needs to display the use of Marling Learning Habits to help improve their general commitment to learning

At a subject level:


• M: Write each of the following numbers in standard form: a) 3,740,000 b) 0.000629

• Change each of the following numbers from standard form to ordinary numbers: a) 6.72 x 108 b) 3.421 x 10-2 • E: Bob the Terrible Mathematician has failed to put these numbers in standard form correctly. Fix them so they are in correct standard form notation. a) 123 x 105 b)0.65 x 104 • S: Calculate how many times the second hand on a clock turns in one year (assume it is 365 days). Write your answer in standard form. (You must show your workings)

• M: Find the area and circumference of this circle • E: Find the shaded area

• S: Find an expression for the area of this shape. Leave your answer in terms of π and x





In Summary: •

Target set towards a performance related to the new GCSE grades

Targets initially set against Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) and Fisher Family Trust (FFT) data

Targets tracked and reported in formally (including a written report) through the year

In individual subjects, the different standards needed for Meeting, Exceeding and surpassing made explicit

Any questions?

Afterwards, please stay for a while and meet some of the members of Marling PTA.