Due to technical issues with our new management information system which went live Monday 24 Feb, we are currently unable to send out, as promised, the text message advising you of your child's student absence reporting number. We hope to be able to do this tomorrow, Tuesday 25 February. If your child is absent from school before you receive this text, please phone our main reception on 01278 455531 before 8.40 am and leave a message. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Information for current parents

STUDENT ABSENCE LINE - if you child is absent from school, please TEXT 07860 095106

We know how important it is to our parents to know what is happening at school. Being able to find the information you need quickly and easily, as well as knowing how best to contact the school when you have a question or concern, is vital.


Below are links to the most frequently accessed information on our website:

Information for prospective parents

We are delighted you are considering our school for your child. Haygrove is an excellent secondary school where pupils make good progress and achieve outstanding examination results.


Below are links to some of the important information you need to make the right decision for your family:

If you need to get in touch or wish to make an appointment:


Phone 01278 455531 between 8 am - 4 pm or use our Contact Us enquiry form

Contact Form

If your enquiry is urgent, please telephone the School Reception during school hours to leave a message for a member of staff who will call you back within 2 school days. You can also telephone the school to make an appointment to meet with a Head of Year.
If you prefer, you can use this online form to contact your child's Head of Year - you will usually receive a response to your online enquiry within 3 school days. Please direct all general school enquiries that do not relate to a student at Haygrove School to the School Receptionist.
You can also email the school using this form.
If you are unsure to whom you should send your enquiry, please address it to Mrs C Canham, Headteacher at the School Office.
Our website includes lots of useful information about the school, so before you submit your enquiry it may be worthwhile checking that the answer to your question is not on one of the web pages already.

Student Absence Line: text - 07860 095106
Staff Absence:  email: lwoodley@educ.somerset.gov.uk
Access onto the school site
Please note that parents should not to drive onto the school site to drop off or collect children. If you do require access to the site during school hours, please seek permission from the Headteacher in advance.
We have limited parking available at the school if you are visiting.
Haygrove School is a small site and we do not wish to compromise the safety of those who work and study here. Your cooperation in this respect is much appreciated.
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Assessment and Feedback

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Assessments will be ongoing throughout the year with a more formal assessment in each subject in December and June. Attainment from the formal assessments will be reported with a percentage and a band this percentage falls into; Emerging, Developing, Embedding or Mastering.

Parents will receive twice yearly reports about their child’s achievements in January and July along with an Attitude to Learning report in April.

Your child will receive a report in November outlining the band we expect them to achieve in their assessments. The expectation is based on KS2 results.

For more information about the new system, please click here

Example Expectation and Achievement reports with explanations can be found here

Our Assessment Information Booklets which have been designed to support our Year 7, 8 and 9 students with the assessment process including how they will be assessed and a range of resources to help them prepare for assessments.

Year 7 Assessment Info Booklet

Year 8 Assessment Info Booklet

Year 9 Assessment Info Booklet


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Predicted GCSE grades for students who start their GCSE programme in September 2017 will be reported using the 9-1 scale.

Other vocation qualifications (BTEC, NCFE and DiDa) continue to be graded are graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit and Pass.

In the Autumn term of Year 11, students will sit HSCEs (Haygrove School Certificate in Education) which are designed to prepare them for the formal GCSE exams the following June. The HSCEs are 'mock exams' that enable students to understand how 'exam ready' they are and help them to prepare effectively for the summer exams.

In Year 10 students will take a number of 'mock exams' in key subjects to increase their overall confidence with sitting exams and help them understand the importance of on-going revision strategies and their journey through Key Stage 4.

Year 10 Assessment Info Booklet

Assessment Policy 2019

The new Government threshold for success is Grade 5 (strong pass), although at present most FE colleges are accepting a minimum of Grade 4 in English and Maths for the majority of Level 3 courses (known as a good pass). However, this is likely to change and we expect the threshold for entry to college will become Grade 5 in the near future.

Criteria set by the Government expects student to achieve good pass grades in:

  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE English
  • Plus three further GCSE qualifications from the Sciences (including Computer Science), Geography, History or a Language
  • Plus three further qualifications which can be either GCSE, BTEC or another approved qualification.


Feedback/Marking Policy

In 2017 we reviewed and published a new Feedback Policy. Click here to view the Feedback Policy.

Policy Summary

Regular teacher feedback checks must be spread out throughout a half term and are likely to involve a mixture of these elements:

  • Use of feedback Codes.
  • Written comment or stickers which may include the use of the WWW/EBI method.
  • Posing a question/action/challenge based upon previous learning.
  • Verbal feedback (comments made by a member of staff and noted down by a student).

Teacher feedback of assessments/end of unit tests must be acknowledged and this will usually take place at least once a half term. Assessment feedback should be clearly connected to the success criteria (usually linked to mark schemes) provided prior to completing an assessment and should enable students to understand what went well [WWW] and what they need to do to improve (Even Better If [EBI]). The aim of this is to move progress on by closing a learning gap identified or to excel their learning when all criteria has been met. Aseessment feedback must be dated and initialled.

Core Subjects (Maths, English and Science)

A minimum of 3 feedback checks should happen each half term (at least one of which will be an assessment check).
The feedback should enable students to see if they are progressing and actions they need to take to improve their progress. The feedback must be dated and initialled, this will be on average on average every 2 weeks.

Other Subjects

A minimum of 2 feedback checks should happen each half term (at least one of which will be an assessment check).
The feedback should enable students to see if they are progressing and actions they need to take to improve their progress. The feedback must be dated and initialled, this will be on average every 3-4 weeks.
Feedback Codes

This document will help you understand the abbreviations and codes used as part of our feedback process.

Feedback Codes Guide

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