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YEAR 11 - 02 December 2021 - Virtual Parents Evening

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2 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Year 11 Subject Parents Evening

On Thursday 13 January there is a Year 11 Parents Evening. We would like to invite you to attend this very important evening to speak to your child’s teachers about their progress in GCSEs and vocational subjects.

The Parents Evening is virtual, which means you can speak to teachers using a smartphone, desktop or laptop computer. You book appointments through a video booking system called “parents evening system”. You therefore don’t need to come into school, but can stay at home and talk to teachers virtually.

Each appointment is 5 minutes, and will end automatically when the allotted time has lapsed. We ran all of our Parents Evenings virtually last year in this way, and parent and staff feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

We will be inviting you to book a 5-minute video appointment with your child’s teachers for the evening of 13 January 2022. Appointments are available between 4pm and 7pm. Bookings will need to be made online in advance by visiting https://orchard.schoolcloud.co.uk/ . Bookings open from 3 December 2021.

There is a helpful video found here https://support.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/article/801-video-parents-how-to-attend-appointments-over-video-call that we recommend you watch before booking and attending your video appointments. It explains every step of the process really clearly. A link to access your appointments will be sent via email.

We strongly recommend you test your device before the evening of 13 January 2022 and contact us if you encounter any problems on info@orchard.tila.school or 0117 377 2000.

You do not need to book to see every teacher. Please choose the teachers you wish to have an appointment with, and be reassured that if a teacher has a concern about your child's progress, they will be contacting you as a matter of course.

A few of our staff teach more than one class in the year group, so if you book later you may find that appointment times are limited or not available. If you have any urgent questions for this member of staff, please email them directly.

By the time you have your appointment, we will have shared your child’s latest report with you. This is a summary of progress and attitude to learning in subject areas, attendance and their achievement point total.

We look forward to speaking to you soon. In the meantime, please keep an eye out for your child’s report, which we will send via email.

Yours sincerely

Fiona Fields, Assistant Headteacher