Using Alps to develop tracking for pupils and reporting for the Board of Governors
by Noeleen Murphy, Director of Studies & Senior Mistress at City School of London
City of London School is a leading academically selective day school educating boys between the ages of 10 – 18. We occupy an iconic position in the vibrant heart of the City of London, in the shadow of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral and across the river from the Tate Modern. We are non-aligned and have strong links with the City of London School for Girls in the nearby Barbican, and City Junior School in Gray’s Inn. We recruit from all over London, and we are committed to offering transformational bursaries. With a school roll of over a 1000, the Sixth Form has over 280 pupils.
How is Alps used?
We have been using Alps since 2018 and it is an integral part of our tracking systems for pupils as well as offering us strong information to ensure we have developed our reporting and oversight to Governors. Whilst we first moved to Alps as it offered us stronger tracking and value-added for PreU, we have remained with Alps as we are now fully A Level and we are also developing the use in the GCSE years.
Heads of Departments, Heads of Year, Section Heads and the Director of Studies
…Discussions within departments are enhanced by easily digestible thermometers, candid discussions about which areas need to be focused on are enriched, and interventions are precise and pupil-centred. Teachers are able to see this is a tool for driving improvement and ensuring the best pupil outcomes and a culture of high standards permeates. Pedagogical discussions are improved by robust, trusted data and dialogue about how to help those who are struggling and which strategies work within our cohort have led to the sharing of ideas within and across subjects, year groups and sections.
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