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“Parents and carers hold the school in high regard and value the improvements they see in their children’s level of confidence and overall academic performance’.    -Ofsted



JUNE 2014

A Place of Learning for Everyone


The academic ethos of Clarendon is based on the idea that high standards and improvements in pupil performances are more likely to be achieved within an environment that is nurturing, encouraging and supportive while at the same time setting challenges. The more able and independent will relish the challenges while aware that support is available when they run into difficulty. The less able and less independent will make better progress and gain in confidence with the active assistance of the staff. If the challenges and the support are to be accurately targeted it is essential that there is an effective system for monitoring and assessing pupil progress. If pupils are to respond positively to the teaching they receive they must be given praise and encouragement for the effort and progress that they make at whatever academic level they are operating. This needs to vary from encouraging remarks and praise given by their teacher to public acknowledgement of their success.

Incentives and Awards

Pupil progress is encouraged and rewarded both formally and informally at Clarendon. Informal encouragement will vary, from teacher to teacher and situation to situation, but is likely to include positive comments on written work, an encouraging note in homework diaries and a friendly conversation. In addition to the active use of assessment for learning, formal encouragement and reward is based on a system of merits points which contribute to individual rewards and team house cup points.

100% of parents and carers rated Clarendon as excellent or very good in our parents’ and carers’ feedback forum.