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COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
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SCHEDULE OF PARENTS' MEETINGS 2017-2018

Parents’ Meetings provide an opportunity for subject staff, tutors, parents and individual students to discuss the student's progress and for parents to ask questions and express concerns.  The dialogue should be beneficial to students, parents and staff.

Students are expected to attend the meetings with their parents.

Date
Year
Event
Time
Date available to
book online
Thu 14 Sep
9
'Learning to Learn' Evening, Cottrill Hall
6.00-7.00pm
n/a
Thu 5 Oct
11
Parents' Meeting A & C
4.00-6.30pm
Thu 12 Oct
11
Parents' Meeting B & O
4.00-6.30pm
 
Thu 9 Nov
12
Parents' Meeting
4.00-6.15pm
 
Thu 30 Nov
8
Parents' Meeting A & B
4.00-6.30pm
 
Thu 7 Dec
8
Parents' Meeting C & O
4.00-6.30pm
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Thu 25 Jan
8
GCSE Information Evening
7.00-8.30pm
n/a
Thu 1 Feb
7
Parents’ Meeting A & B
4.00-6.30pm
 
Thu 8 Feb
7
Parents’ Meeting C, E & O
4.00-7.30pm
 
Thu 22 Feb
13
Parents’ Meeting
4.00-6.30pm
 
Thu 22 Mar
12
Higher Education Evening
7.00-9.00pm
n/a
Thu 17 May
10
Parents’ Meeting A &C
4.00-6.30pm
 
Thu 24 May
10
Parents’ Meeting B & O
4.00-6.30pm
 
Thu 14 Jun
9
Parents’ Meeting A &C
4.00-6.30pm
 
Thu 21 Jun
9
Parents’ Meeting B & O
4.00-6.30pm
 

The school uses an online booking system for Y7 - 11 parents’ meetings and parents/guardians will be notified via E-comm approximately three weeks prior to the parents’ meeting, when the system is open for bookings (please see table above for dates).

To access the booking system, click on the following link: Parents' Evening Booking System and enter the details as requested; make sure that you enter the tutor group correctly.  For example 9A or 9B, NOT 9 A or 9 Ash.  Please click on the following link for the help guide and video tutorials:  Parents' Evening Bookings Guide

Making the Best Use of Parents’ Meetings

All parents are strongly encouraged to attend Parents’ Meetings, for they provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, to find out more about the teaching programme, and to get to know the teachers. Ideally your child is expected to attend the meeting with you.

Some schools restrict the Parents’ Meetings to an interview with the Tutor.  We strongly believe that there is very real value in being able to meet subject teachers, but to accommodate this programme each interview has to be restricted to a maximum of five minutes.  The following suggestions are aimed at helping parents to make the best use of this time:

Before the evening:

  • Read again the most recent school reports.  This may help you to identify important points for discussion and to decide which teachers you particularly wish to see.  Bring these with you to the parents’ meeting.
  • Look at your child’s exercise books.  Are there any significant concerns or questions?
  • It is worth reading the school’s policy on homework and reporting to parents contained in this handbook, and on the website, as this may aid your discussions.

General issues for Parents’ Meetings:

In the early years of a child’s selective school education, the principal concerns are likely to be centred on:

  • whether the child is coping with the demands of a selective school curriculum
  • whether the child is developing study habits which will form a foundation for later success
  • whether the child is well motivated, with an appropriate level of application
  • how the child’s personal development is progressing

Additionally from Year 9 onwards it may also be appropriate to discuss:

  • the effectiveness of the student’s study habits
  • target examination grades and progress towards them
  • future education and career possibilities

For all year groups you should also consider

  • whether there are any domestic circumstances which might be relevant to any of the above
  • whether anything needs to be done, by either the school or home

Make notes, especially of any action to be taken.

Most students have few, if any, major problems.  Serious problems may need a separate appointment with relevant staff.