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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Assessment, Reports & Parents Evenings

We release three termly reports a year for Years 7 to 10 and Year 12 and two reports for Year 11 and Year 13.  Each report includes a judgement on your child's attitude to learning, an indication of their progress, a grade for their current standard of work taken from recent assessments and a grade to aspire to.

Year 11, 12 and 13 reports will also include a forecast grade - a teacher judgement on what they are likely to achieve in their exams, based on current work and recent assessments. These are explained in more detail below: 

Report and Parents Evening Schedule

We publish each report as per the schedule below.

 Year  

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Parents Evening

7

N/A

April

July

17th June

8

N/A

March

July

6th May

9

November

March

July

18th March

10

December

March

July

15th April

11

November

TBC

N/A

28th January

12

December

March

July

11th February

13

November

TBC

N/A

4th March

Reports Explained 

The School Reports are released in PDF format through the school’s MCAS (MyChildAtSchool) system which can be accessed by clicking here.  Parents will receive the School ID and their login details via email at the start of the academic year.

You will need the free Adobe Acobat Reader software installed on your computer to view School Reports & Progress Trackers.  Click here to download the latest version for free.

Progress indicator

This indicator shows whether your child is making the progress we think they are capable of in relation to a minimum expected grade. We use Fischer Family Trust to set each child's minimum expected grade in each subject. If your child is meeting, below or above this grade their progress indicator will say "Working at Expected", "Working Towards" or "Working Above" respectively. 

Fischer Family Trust process data from the National Pupil Database for the Department for Education. They compare what children get in their year 6 SATS to what they went onto achieve at GCSE. They use this information to provide schools with estimated grades (our minimum expected grades) for each child in each subject - these grades are what that child is likely to achieve given their SATS scores and what children with the same/similar SATS score achieved in the past.

Attitude to Learning

This is a statement selected from 1 - Outstanding to 4 - Cause for Concern which best describes the effort and degree to which your child is active in class and takes responsibility for their learning. 

A2L Grade Criteria
Outstanding (1) Highly self-motivated students who take full responsibility for all aspects of their learning. They challenge themselves to exceed previous achievements.  They act on all feedback. They show resourcefulness / initiative. They want to explore their understanding beyond the basic objectives of the lesson, for example by reading ahead of or beyond the curriculum.
Good (2) Conscientious students who take a keen interest in their learning. They wish to achieve their best.  Any issues with homework or effort in class are very rare. They are aware of their target grade and generally act on feedback but may lack resourcefulness / initiative / resilience at times.
Needs to Improve (3)

Students who are inconsistent in taking responsibility for their learning. They need to be reminded about homework, equipment or punctuality and may be easily distracted. They are capable of distinguishing what they need to do to enhance their learning but often choose not to do so, ‘playing safe’ rather than challenging themselves.

They occasionally act on feedback but in a tokenistic manner.

Cause for Concern (4)

Students who are unprepared to learn, whose poor attitude adversely affects their own learning and that of others.

Behaviour, homework, equipment and punctuality are a regular issue which undermines quality of teaching.

They lack or avoid using the skills required to develop their understanding, showing little motivation to do so.

They ignore feedback on how to improve and make little or no progress as a result.

Cause for Concern

Noted if there are behaviour (BEH), or organisational (ORG) or Homework (HMW) concerns.

Please discuss these with your child and contact the subject teacher by email using the email format InitialSurname@ndhs.org.uk . Refer to your child's Timetable page in MCAS for teacher names.

Running Assessment Grade

This is an average of recent assessements. 9-1 grades are used for Years 7-11 and A*-E for Years 12-13.

Forecast Grade - (Years 11,12 & 13 only)

A teacher prediction of what your child could achieve at GCSE or A LEVEL based on recent work and assessments.

- 9-1 grade for Years 10 to 11

- A*-E for Years 12 and 13

Aspiration Grade

An aspirational grade which we believe the student can achieve - challenging, motivational and achievable.

Comments

These are comments written by the subject teachers for either general points of information, or where appropriate for students whose Progress is at “Working Toward”.

Booking Online Parents Evening Appointments
 

What are online appointments?

  • Appointments last for 5 minutes and end automatically
  • There is 1 appointment per subject only.
  • You book your appointments using SchoolCloud.
  • The appointments take place via video link using SchoolCloud which runs on any phone, tablet or computer with internet access and a microphone (these are usually built in),
  • Cameras are optional, but it would be nice to see you!

The video below gives you an introduction on how to book appointments and how to attend your appointments

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Creating a SchoolCloud Account

  • Go to https://ndhs.schoolcloud.co.uk/ to register yourself as a parent.
  • Your parent title and last name must match Bromcom. E.g., Ms Winter.
  • If you have trouble logging in at this point please contact dataadmin@ndhs.org.uk
  • Schoolcloud requires just one parent to book all the appointments for the evening.
  • This parent will have the facility to invite another person to the appointments from different venue. 

Booking your appointments

  • Notre Dame will contact you via email to let you know when booking opens
  • Please do not email the teachers for appointments
  • Log into SchoolCloud and simply drag the sliders to when you are available and click the teachers you want to see (the wider your window, the more chance you will have of seeing who you need to see). The system will then allocate appointments for you.
  • Please remember to accept the appointments

  • You will receive an email confirming your bookings. Should you need to amend any, you can do so via the booking system.
  • For appointments with your child's Head of Year or our SENDCo please contact via email.
  • PLEASE NOTE: We have limited availability to add a handful of appointments via the Data Team on request up until the day before your parents evening, but not on the day of parents evening itself.

Advice on Attending Online Appointments 

  • Our advice is to log into Schoolcloud early, 20mins before your first appointment.
  • You can access Schoolcloud by either clicking on the link in your confirmed appointments email or via https://ndhs.schoolcloud.co.uk/
  • Click on the ‘join video appointments’ button: at the allotted time, your appointment will appear with an invitation to join.
  • Please note that the appointments are limited to 5 minutes and the system will end the meeting after that time.  After each appointment you will have at least a 2-minute gap before the next one. 
  • Students should, if possible, attend.

For Safeguarding - Safer Working Practice reasons:

  • Conversations should take place in appropriate rooms e.g. kitchen, lounge.
  • All participants should be appropriately attired.  
  • No conversations should be recorded.
  • The same parent who made the appointments MUST be the one to log in as the appointments are linked to his/her details only.
  • Notre Dame High School aims to have a positive ethos and positive and constructive relationships between staff and parents, and it is important that this continues. Therefore, please note that in the extremely unlikely event of discourtesy, staff will end the conversation and refer the matter to the Senior Leadership Team.

Technical Advice in using SchoolCloud 

For general advice in how to use SchoolCloud, watch the video below

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If there are issues with the evening, please use the email:  dataadmin@ndhs.org.uk

Keep a note of which appointments missed. Stay online please unless receiving any whole event email. 

Tips for troubleshooting

  • Please check guide carefully beforehand to ensure you are using a suitable browser:
  • Make sure your camera and microphone and volume are fully enabled in your settings and that you have allowed the system to access them
  • Better sound is achieved if only one person speaks (closely) to the microphone at a time
  • If one party loses connection please just wait whilst they log in again
  • If there is a sound /display issue try clicking the microphone/camera icon off and on again
  • If there is still an issue try logging off and logging on again or try another device
  • If possible have a backup device ready for you to log on and use
  • We cannot do any more on the night so please be forgiving in case of technical hitch
  • To maximise connectivity to the software, we recommend you reduce the number of devices accessing the wi-fi in households, and also the number of applications you have running.

Please stay with the evening unless you receive an email saying that we have had to abandon it.