Renaissance has adapted the National Curriculum for England to its own needs. It has a broad and balanced curriculum, which allows students time to explore subjects before making IGCSE choices in Year 9. The subjects offered are: English, Korean, Vietnamese, French, Chinese, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Arts and Design Technology, Information Technology, Physical Education, Music and Drama.
Assessment and reporting follow the same secondary-wide model of numbers from 1 – 7, which indicate progress within each year. These levels are linked to the National Curriculum for England. Each number represents the student’s progress, and has its own descriptors per year group. Students receive assessment in a variety of ways including summative and formative, at regular intervals. Students are made aware, in advance of what the type of assessment is, and whether it will be used as part of any reports.
Each year there are the same numbers of 1 to 7, but each number represents an increase in the students’ skills and/or knowledge. For example, a 5 in Year 9 shows a higher achievement than a 5 in Year 8. Each year has a specific set of skills, knowledge, and understanding. So a student who scores a 5 in Maths in Year 7 can also score a 5 in Year 8, but that shows an increase in skills, understanding, and knowledge in Year 8 as the work is more advanced.
It is natural for a child’s rate of progress to vary. It is important that we all recognise that a particular individual may have started school below the expected level but achieved good progress throughout their school years. Consideration must be given to the length of time a student has studied a subject. This is particularly true for children new to a language.
Office 365 notebooks are the primary ways in which KS3 teachers communicate with students. Communication may be in the form of reminders from form tutors about upcoming events, or subject teachers posting home learning tasks. Students can also safely communicate with their teachers if they have questions about home learning, or events in school. Parents are encouraged to sing up to a notebook account as well, which allows teachers to communicate directly with a group of parents, or the parent of a specific student.
Renaissance and Round Square
Founded in 1966, Round Square maintains and facilitates a worldwide network of 160 schools in 40 countries. Those schools share a holistic approach to learning built around six IDEALS of learning and 12 attributes. Membership of the Round Square network offers schools a framework for excellence and continuous improvement, along with structured opportunities to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded peers around the world.
Round Square schools share an educational philosophy that supports the growth of the “whole person”. Renaissance is dedicated to working with the students and the parent community to ensure that the Round Square IDEALS are embedded within the school culture.
Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs)
In keeping with Round Square philosophy, providing a well-rounded education, the Extra-Curricular Activity (ECA) programme enables students to participate in learning that compliments classroom learning. Activities are led by staff or peripatetic instructors. Not all activities happen at school, so sometimes students travel off campus to participate in their favourite activity.
At the start of each term, activities are offered in the areas of sport, creative, language, ICT, dance, community, social and music, allowing students to achieve in all areas of the IDEALS.
As a mandatory requirement for KS3, all students will take part in a service learning project of their liking. Students will be asked to join in at least one hour a week to further embed the sense of responsibility that Round Square and Renaissance try to encourage in young people. If possible, these can be student-led, if students can clearly identify a need in our community.
KS3 students take part in Residential visits. These take place both locally and abroad, and are a wonderful opportunity for students to see the world from a new perspective. During the residential students are given the opportunity to experience and achieve in ways that would not be possible whilst on campus. Each student will gain new skills based in adventure, learn about the heritage and culture of the people they are visiting, participate in community service work, and discover more about themselves and others.
What is the role of the form tutor?
All students entering KS3 will have a designated form tutor and classroom that will act as their homeroom. The form tutor registers the class in the morning, and is an important first contact should any questions or personal issues arise whilst at the school. Each tutor group undertakes a programme of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural awareness via their tutor. Each tutor group delivers a themed assembly to the rest of the Secondary school.
Parental involvement- what can I do to help my child?
Being interested and involved with your child is the best help you can give. If you are concerned about your child’s academic studies or personal progress, please contact the subject teacher or form tutor. Please remember that there are two reports through the school year, and multiple workshops and scheduled parent-teacher conference times when you can talk to staff.