Information and Expectations
The Academy understands the importance of setting aspirational targets to ensure that students are challenged to achieve their full potential and encouraged to aim high. GCSE grades are set as targets and assessment carried out regularly during the year to enable robust progress-tracking and appropriate intervention where necessary. We call them minimum expected grades (MEGs).
As I'm sure many of you are aware the Government has changed the grading structure. Please view the postcard below which details how this will impact students in each year group.
BTEC (Vocational) Grading Postcard with GCSE Equivalences
An explanation for parents of the governments new accountability measure used to determine the amount of progress students make at each secondary school. This measure currently ranks Plympton Academy as a school where students make significantly more progress than students do nationally.
Please see this YouTube video for an explanation
We invite parents/carers to agree to the following Home-School Agreement.
We expect Plympton Academy students to:
- Be punctual and attend regularly.
- Adhere to the academy dress code.
- Work to the best of your ability, complete your homework on time and meet deadlines.
- Take responsibility for your own learning, organisation and discipline.
- Comply with the e-mail and internet access policy.
- Are honest, polite and exhibit good behaviour at all times.
- Show respect for others, their possessions and the academy environment.
- Participate to the best of your ability in academy activities.
- Raise any concerns or problems that you might have with us and your parents/guardians quickly.
We expect parents to:
- Support the academy’s ethos and policies as set out in the academy Prospectus.
- Ensure regular and punctual attendance by your child and avoid holidays in term time.
- Ensure your child comes to the academy with the appropriate uniform and equipment.
- Do your best to provide an appropriate environment
- Time at home to enable your child to complete their homework.
- Monitor your child’s homework.
- Have positive but realistic expectations of your child’s ability.
- Endeavour as far as possible to support the academy’s activities (parents’, evenings, concerts, events, etc.).
- Advise the academy of problems, achievements, and issues concerning your child.
- Reply to academy communications and supply absence notes promptly.
At Plympton Academy we can be expected to:
- Provide a happy and caring environment for learning.
- Provide effective teaching.
- Provide good moral guidance.
- Effectively monitor your child’s progress.
- Praise your child for their achievements where appropriate.
- Set appropriate homework for your child
- Advise you of our expectations in accordance with the homework policy
- Communicate our concerns and problems concerning your child.
- Deal with problems in a professional, fair and transparent manner.
- Allow access to raise concerns with staff when the need arises.
To see the Plympton Academy behaviour policy please view the Policies page.