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We hope you will find the Parent Information Booklet useful. Its purpose is to inform you about the reporting and grading systems used at Hill House to provide you and your child with feedback on how they are getting on at school.

It is very important to us that students and their parents understand the reporting and feedback process. Students can benefit greatly from reflecting upon their performance and from using these reflections, alongside the feedback that they receive from their teachers, to determine the next steps they need to take. Indeed, educational research suggests that feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement.

Teachers at Hill House are designing the assessment activities they use to provide themselves and the students that they teach with feedback information relating to one or more of these questions:

  • “Where am I going?” - i.e. what are my targets? 
  • “How am I doing?” - i.e. what progress have I made towards my targets? 
  • “Where to next?” - i.e. what do I need to do to improve?

Through comments on their work, oral feedback in lessons, discussions at Parents’ Evenings and their reports, students will be expected to note and act upon any differences between their current status and the targets they have been set for their learning.

For students, it means:

  • Finding out about how they learn best, what they understand and what they still need to learn; 
  • finding directions and strategies that they must take to improve; 
  • not being afraid to seek help so that they reach their full potential.

They may receive feedback on the ways in which they should tackle a task; the knowledge, skills and understanding required and about their engagement and commitment to learning.

Should you have any queries / concerns about any aspects of our reporting systems, please do not hesitate to contact us. Details of how to do so can be found at the end of the "A Parents’ Guide to the Reporting System at Hill House School"  booklet available on the links section of this page.