At Glengormley High School we believe that it is vital for parents to be involved in their childrens education. To help keep parents informed of their child’s academic progress we make use of a range of tests called “Tracking Tests” that take place in subjects at set times of the year. We then report back to parents about their child’s progress and together we can use this information to see areas for praise, improvement and further work.
Tracking our students progress is an essential tool in helping us monitor progress for our pupils and to identify and address underachievement.
Tracking is undertaken throughout the school year and you can view the dates in the Tracking Schedule here.
You can see an overview of Tracking content for the range of subjects taken at each Key Stage below.
KS3 Tracking Information
KS4 Tracking Information
KS5 Tracking Information
Information for Examination Candidates.
Please read the following important documents. These document have been written to help you. Please read them carefully and follow the instructions. If there is anything you do not understand please ask your subject teacher.
2017 External Exam Timetable – GCSE, AS Level, A-Level
The following timetable is a guide only. Your child will receive their own personal Examination timetable, which they should keep safe. Please direct all queries to Miss Shearer.
Here are leaflets which summarise the schools policies on a range of issues.
Copies of the full policy documents are available on request from the school office.
What do I do if my son/daughter is ill
On the first day that your child is absent through illness phone the school office, when your child returns to school after a period of illness please supply a note providing a reason for the absence, this will be collected by the Form Tutor.
What is Truancy call?
Truancy call is an automated system that attempts to prevent truancy by automatically phoning parents when their child is absent from school. As such it is important that the school is notifed on the first morning a child is absent through illness or for any other reason – this will prevent unwanted telephone calls.
What happens if my son/daughter becomes ill during school?
If your child becomes ill during the school day they will be sent to their form tutor or Pastrol Learning leader who will assess the situation and then contact parents/guardians if necessary.
What about holidays during term time?
While the school understands that holidays can be expensive during school holiday periods, there is a clear link between attendance and achievement. Therefore we would ask that parents make contact with the school before booking holidays during term time and avoid booking holidays during term time if possible.
What is the school policy on mobile phones?
The school understands that mobile phones can provide an important communication link between parents and children. Pupils are made aware that mobile phones are to be switched off during lessons to avoid any disruption and should not be used during school time. We would ask that parents cooperate with the school so that learning in the classroom continues smoothly. The school cannot cover any costs encountered by pupils through the loss of a phone in school.
What is school fund?
School fund is a contribution to school finances made by parents to cover activities and resources which are not financed by the Department of Education. School fund is used to make up this shortfall and is used for a range of activities which includes the school minibus and resources for extra curricular activities.
I am worried about my son/daughter to whom can I speak?
If you have a specific concern about your child you can contact;
- Your son/daughter’s Form Tutor
- Your son/daughter’s Pastrol Learning leader for a pastoral concern
- The Head of Department for a subject where you have a concern about your child’s progress
At Glengormley High School, we expect pupils to have a high standard of attendance and punctuality throughout the school year. Attendance and punctuality are extremely important in order to prepare pupils for employment. Employers are often influenced by exam grades and attendance and punctuality records when making decisions about their prospective employees. Parents should be aware that:
- Pupils need to bring a note to explain their absence on the day they return to school.
- Phone calls are appreciated to explain an absence however; written evidence also needs to be provided.
- Attendance that falls below 85% is considered poor attendance.
Pupils whose attendance is persistently poor will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO). Pupils should be aware that:
- If they are persistently late without good reason, they will be subject to the appropriate sanction.
Did you know?
The more days you miss at school means that you decrease your chances of achieving an A* – C or A* – G grade at GCSE. Research suggests that if you miss 17 days at school, you may achieve a full grade lower than you are capable of at GCSE.