In the year 2015/16 we received just over £10,000 for year 7 Catch Up. This money was spent in a holistic manner paying towards the following initiatives which we continue to provide for 2016/2017:
Annual year 7 residential
- Creates an opportunity for the year group to bond and develop their team work skills and has proved to be an extremely popular and enriching experience
- To ensure that the whole year group’s literacy needs are identified and appropriate interventions and support is put in place
Accelerated Reader (AR)
- Is a programme that helps teachers manage and monitor student’s independent reading practice. It helps all students, from those with special educational needs to the most-able, to become better readers. AR studies demonstrate that students who are reading for 20 minutes a day will see the greater improvements in their reading age compared to a student who is not.
- At the start of year seven students sit a Star test which identifies a student’s reading age. This helps the teacher and librarian identify what level books a student should read. Books within the LRC are labelled with different levels. The student picks a book at his/her own level. When the book is finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer – passing the quiz (60% of more) is an indication that the book has been understood. Year seven students visit the LRC once a week for an hour whilst year eight students have fortnightly lessons. They are encouraged to visit the LRC independently in their own time in between the LRC lessons.
- Periodically throughout the year to help teachers identify those who are making progress with their reading and those who require extra literacy support.
- Designed to help YR7 students understand their skills and future options and ultimately make choices about which subjects to study. This was support by visits to Universities including a residential to Jesus College Oxford
- Dedicated Year 7 Transition Coordinator who is also part of the Senior Leadership Team and supported by an Assistant Head of Year, working with students from year 6 up to year 8 to ease both the transition from year 6 to 7 and 7 to 8
- The pastoral support of our students is extremely thorough and 100% of parents were totally satisfied with the support received during the transition process, according to a survey of parents at a Year 7 Welcome Evening
- Year 7 were invited to a series of master classes to enrich their learning opportunities in core subjects. These were very popular classes which had high attendance rates. We also experienced an increase in the number of students keen to attend revision sessions and homework clubs as a result of these classes.
- Catch up Literacy (tutor time)
- Literacy scholars (during English lessons)
- Books and Bats (one hour of SRA literacy and one hour of table tennis)
- SRA (in lesson support)
- Sensory garden programme (to start after October half term)