On entry students are placed in a tutor group and there are several of these in each year. These are overseen by a Year Leader. Tutors meet with the students every day and are responsible for their well being and day to day care. They are in the best position to offer guidance, build self esteem and monitor attendance and academic progress.
It is the policy at Crestwood that home learning is part of the learning for all students. One way in which students demonstrate that they are taking responsibility for their own learning is by completing quality outcomes for their homework and by submitting this on time.
“Students feel highly appreciated as individuals. They behave consistently well” – Ofsted
The student planner is for parents to look at and sign each week, so that they can see what homework has been set and completed. Students benefit by having a quiet place to do their homework, away from distraction. Our Learning Resource Centre is open between 3.00pm and 4.00pm Monday to Thursday, as a place for quiet study and completing homework. ICT facilities are also available at those times. The Learning Resource Centre is manned by teachers after school, who are on hand to give help and guidance.
We have embedded a policy of Assessment for Learning across all year groups as a means of improving the students’ own learning abilities and standards of work. Students are taught what assessment is, why it is necessary and are equipped with the skills to review their work independently. This philosophy reaps many benefits from motivating students to learn and produce work at the top of their individual ability and to develop their independence and sense of responsibility for what they do.
“Students feel safe, secure and happy in college” – Ofsted
These attributes will be vitally important to them when they leave at the end of Year 11 and move into work or further or higher education.