Frequently Asked Questions
How well do pupils achieve at Compass School?
Pupils achieve outcomes above national averages for the headline Progress 8 measure and in in line with national for Attainment 8. Pupils also have an above national average point score for the more demanding EBacc suite of subjects. Read more…
How are pupils assessed?
Pupils are assessed three times a year with formal end of year assessments taking place in the hall. Reports are sent home following each assessment and parents’ evenings and engagement opportunities run throughout the year to discuss your child’s progress and how you can support them.
Does the school group pupils by ability?
The school takes a blended approach to ability grouping. Our setting arrangements are informed by research into what works best for pupils in each subject and learning phase. This means we set by ability in mathematics from year 7 to 11, while English is taught in mixed ability groups in year 7-8, then ability groups from year 9. In science, pupils are taught in mixed ability groups in year 7, and then in ability groups from year 8-11. Groupings are reviewed after each assessment to ensure that pupils are in the group that best suits their learning.
What are the uniform requirements and where can I purchase it from?
Pupils are expected to wear grey trousers or grey/blue checked skirt, a white shirt, a Compass blazer and a Compass tie. The blue checked skirt, PE top and school blazer are all available to purchase from Price and Buckland. You can find out all about our uniform here.
What are the school’s expectations of behaviour?
The school believes that excellent standards of behaviour build a solid foundation for academic success. Our Behaviour for Learning booklet sets out our high expectations of pupils and that parents are required to reinforce.
What time does school start and finish?
Under normal circumstances, the school day begins at 8:40 each day with the gates opening at 8:15*. For pupils in year 7-9 School finishes at 3:50 on Monday and Tuesday and at 2:55 Wednesday-Friday.
*The school has made an adjustment to the above for September to reduce mixing at the start of the day. This means gates will open at 8:30 until social distancing requirements change.
What arrangements are in place for breakfast and lunch?
Breakfast club runs each day from 8:15-8:30* and is free of charge. Pupils can enjoy a range of healthy breakfast cereals, toast and toppings as well as fresh fruit.
At morning break, fresh fruit is available free of charge, alongside some purchasable hot and cold snacks.
At lunch, our canteen provides a range of hot and cold lunches. Our student leaders worked alongside our catering staff last year to ensure a range of options that appealed to pupils are on offer. We do not allow packed lunches and would ask that you contact the school if your child has any dietary needs to discuss this further.
*In September, breakfast club will run from 8:30
What is the school’s pastoral provision?
Each year group has a dedicated Head of Year and a team of Learning Family Tutors (LFTs). Your child’s LFT will be the person that they see every morning for registration, the person who will make sure that they are equipped and ready for the day ahead! LFTs keep a close eye on their pupils, monitoring their attendance, attainment and wellbeing. They should be the first point of contact if there is anything you wish to discuss.
What is the school’s enrichment offer?
Our enrichment programme aims to encourage pupils to explore their potential by trying new and varied experiences such as debating, leatherwork, creative writing additional sports and the arts. Many of these continue after school so pupils can really immerse themselves and enrich their learning. Read more…
How does the school communicate with families?
Your child’s LFT is the first point of contact. They can help with any questions that you might have or will be able to put you in touch with the right person. You can email subject teachers if you have a subject-specific question or call the school office and request a call back.
There is a monthly parent forum with the Principal. Letters and text messages are sent frequently to keep your informed about key events, updates and activities.
The school also sends out a weekly Community Bulletin and a termly newsletter Our Journey.
Where will the new building be located?
Work will shortly commence on the new Compass School building. The new school is being built on the adjacent plot on Drummond Road so just next door!
What adjustments have been made for Covid-19 in September?
The school is following the latest government advice on re-opening. This means, maintaining social distancing by creating year group bubbles with separate entry points and zones for lessons and breaktimes. There will also be enhanced cleaning routines and handwashing/sanitising.