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"I am very happy to say my son has settled in to Belvidere life well. He is extremely happy at school and seems to enjoy every lesson. Really lovely to hear such positive feedback from staff."

"Could not ask for more, excellent school and staff."

"We have been really pleased with all aspects of our son's education at Belvidere School and the excellent progress he has made. Thank you"

"We would just like to thank Belvidere School for providing such an excellent and nurturing environment for our children. Staff are always friendly and supportive and keen to offer assistenace as and when reqiured."

"We are very grateful for the huge amount of extra support available outside of lessons for revision - it is really impressive and helpful."

"Very happy parents. Thank you all. The hard work and dedication of all support staff and teachers is much appreciated."

Parents/Carers Revision Forum

In November the Assessment Strategy Manager (ASM) team spend an evening with parents and carers to introduce and explain how revision can be supported at home. We run 3 different workshops, one for year 7, another for year 8 and 9 and a third for year 10 and 11 parents / carers.

During the evening revision techniques are discussed and introduced along with strategies to encourage organisation of homework, coursework and revision. Each workshop is specifically designed to cover the issues that arise at different stages of pupils education here at Belvidere.

‘I didn’t know that revision could be done in so many different ways’
‘I wish that I was taught how to revise when I was at school’
‘I feel better equipped to help my son organise himself ready for his exams now, thank you.’


Parents / Carers Evenings

At Belvidere we pride ourselves on keeping our parents and carers regularly informed about their son/daughter’s progress, as parents/carers you are actively encouraged to contact the school should you ever have any concerns.

In addition to this we do have one ‘formal’ feedback evening a year for each year group, where you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s subject teachers to discuss their progress.

Parents/Carers evenings take place from 4.30pm -7.30pm in the Hall and the Dining Hall and it works on a simple appointment system. Approximately two weeks prior to the evening, your son/daughter will be told by their form tutors and subject teachers that it is now the time to start making appointments. Parents/carers will be informed of this by email at the same time. Students should then see their subject teachers to make appointments. Appointment cards are kept in the students’ homework diary, so that parents/carers can monitor them and have a record of appointments for the actual evening. We will always endeavour to meet your requests for a specific time, but please bear in mind this may not always be possible. Appointments for each subject are at 5 minute intervals and we would appreciate if you could keep to these times to ensure that everyone is seen. Of course if there are things that you wish to discuss in greater detail, please simply contact the school and we can arrange for you to come in and meet the relevant person at a different time.

Staff will be based in the Hall/Dining hall and there will be people on hand to direct you towards the relevant staff member if you are unsure. At the end of the evening we also ask you to complete a short questionnaire about your experiences at Belvidere and ask us any questions you may have or highlight any concerns.

It is entirely up to you whether your son/daughter attends with you –we are always happy to see students at our parents/carers evening particularly in Key Stage 4 as they move closer to their GCSE examinations. This enables us to discuss their progress with both you and them, but this is by no means obligatory, often parents/carers welcome the opportunity to talk to teachers then feedback to their child, we leave it up to you to decide what suits you best!

Parents/Carers evening in 2015 take place on the following dates: all at 4:30pm
5th January –Year 10
17th January – Year 8
30th January – Year 7
2nd Marh – Year 11
15th March – Year 9


Progress Review Day

What is a Progress Review Day?

It is a day on which there will be no normal lessons and pupils will only be required to attend for a compulsory meeting with their form tutor. We will focus on individual pupil targets in addition to their strengths and areas for development.
THIS YEARS PROGRESS REVIEW DAY WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2016

Why have a Progress Review Day?

It is very important that we monitor the progress of all pupils in order to praise and reward them as well as help them to overcome weaknesses. However, it is also very important that pupils are involved in their own learning plan in order to understand how well they are doing and how they can improve by setting themselves targets.
Form tutors play an important role in this process, since they have the closest overview of each pupil’s progress. To do their job well, they need to be able to spend individual time with each member of their tutor group to talk about achievement, progress and targets, but finding time for this is difficult. As a result, we are giving over a whole day to these important discussions.

How does it work?

On Progress Review Day, there will be no normal lessons in order that tutors will have the time they need to see pupils individually.
Each pupil will have a 10 minute meeting with a member of staff, usually either their form tutor or head of house, on that day. You will be notified of your appointment time in advance and we will try to make it as convenient a time for you as possible. Attendance at this meeting will be compulsory for the pupil and a register will be marked exactly as it would be on a normal school day.

Can Parents come too?

The day is primarily targeted at pupils, and is not meant to be a replacement for parents’ evenings. Parents are welcome to attend if they wish, however, we do appreciate that many of you have work and other commitments during the day. We will also try to accommodate sibling interviews at similar times. Parents’ evenings with subject teachers will still take place as usual throughout the academic year.

Is this a day off work for pupils?

No. Work will be set in advance by staff. This may involve pupils being set extended homework tasks. In order to formalise the day, we expect all pupils to attend their meeting wearing full school uniform including correct footwear.

Can my son/daughter work in school on that day?

If necessary, we are happy to provide designated work areas for pupils to work in school during the day. The supervised work area will be available for any pupil who needs to be in school rather than at home. We do, however, require knowing in advance who these pupils will be and are happy to cater for this only at the request of parents. All pupils must wear school uniform and must have the school’s permission to be on site.

Communicating with our Parents

To improve our communication with you regarding letters, newsletters and other information, which normally comes home via your child in a paper form, we will send letters and messages directly to you using e-mail and/or text messages. These messages could include school closure due to bad weather, parents evening reminders and school trip information, sent to you in a more reliable way.

IMPORTANT - Most of the school messages will be sent from the email address Belvidere School noreply@callparents.com. Please make sure that you add this email address to your approved sender list or email address book to prevent the school emails being blocked by your SPAM/JUNK filters. You cannot reply to this address. If you wish to contact the school, please use our normal procedures.

Should your details change at any point once your child has started at Belvidere, please contact the school to inform us so that we can update our system.