Costello has an excellent record of academic success. Students make good progress and attain standards that are well above average. The vast majority of students continue to further and higher education. This allows our students far greater selection with respect to employment opportunities and career choices.
Key to this academic success is the school’s Pastoral Team who closely monitor the progress, attitude to learning and attendance of every child. The team is run by two Senior Pastoral Leaders; each year group has their own Pastoral Team Leader and every child has their own Tutor who tracks each child’s progress and is your first point of contact at the school. Tutors work closely with parents as we recognise the important role that parents play in motivating and encouraging their children to succeed.
The Pastoral Team are supported by specialist staff who provide expertise in a variety of areas such as Learning Support, Transition and Gifted and Talented provision as well as working in partnership with a full range of outside agencies that support those few students who find themselves in particularly vulnerable or challenging circumstances. The team works closely with Subject Leaders and Subject Teachers to ensure that where a student is struggling, suitable support is in place to allow all students to make good progress.
Useful School Information can be found in our Parent’s Handbook 2016 – 2017
How we keep you informed of progress:
- On-going monitoring by the Tutor in the form of academic mentoring.
- A report three times a year looking at attitudes to learning and current levels/grades in comparison to end of Key Stage Good Performance Levels or Grades.
- Opportunities to meet with subject staff throughout the year to discuss progress at Parents’ Evenings.
- Through our online parent portal.
Why is parental engagement so important?
Research shows, time and again, that the more parents are involved in their own child’s education the better their child will do at school. Here are the reasons why we believe it is important to find new ways to improve school-to-home communication:
- Parents who get involved take a greater role in their child’s education and activities around schooling, which leads children to do better academically and socially. The School will make sure that meetings/events are flexible enough to allow for working parents to attend.
- Engagement is a two-way process. Parents who are asked their opinions and kept up-to-date with school information, are more likely to understand and support any particular approaches that the school may use and are more likely to support these strategies at home.
- Many parents may have had bad experiences at school themselves, so they resist getting involved. We try to make school as welcoming and friendly as possible. Parents’ positive perception highly influences their child’s perception of school, which, in turn, positively contributes to students’ academic, social and emotional learning. Being kept informed frequently and asked their opinion can help this positive perception.
- Asking parents’ views on school issues on a regular basis can lead them to communicate or offer help in other ways too. This can benefit the school in many ways – eg volunteering, fundraising and attending more meetings.
- Using effective channels of communication and getting parents involved in decisions helps to build strong relationships and encourages involvement in their child’s learning and progress. Using parents’ preferred methods of communication and ensuring that no-one is excluded – for example by having language options available – can make all parents feel important and valued.