Progression Policy

The Willunga High School Progression Policy clearly outlines how a student will progress from one year level to the next based on their academic results.

Students will NOT be automatically promoted to the next year if they have been unsuccessful in the current year’s learning program.

Rationale:

  • Students cannot be successful in their learning unless they have a firm foundation on which to build future learning.
  • One significant measure of success in learning is the grade that students receive at the end of the semester.
  • We teach for success and do not accept failure.

To progress from Middle School to Year 10 it is anticipated that students will have successfully completed:

At least 80% of all subjects in Year 9 which includes passing grades (C or better) in all core subjects of Maths, Science, English and SOSE.

To progress from Year 10 to Year 11 it is anticipated that students will have successfully completed:

  • Their PLP (Personalised Learning Plan) to a minimum C grade
  • At least 80% of all subjects in Year 10 which includes passing grades (C or better) in all core subjects of Maths, Science, English and SOSE.
  • Additionally, if students wish to undertake a non-core specialist subject they must have been successful in that subject or a related subject (e.g. PE at Year 11 requires successful completion of Year 10 PE or Outdoor Ed.)

To progress successfully from Year 11 to Year 12 a student will have completed:

  • The required SACE Stage 1 units which include the compulsory units of English and Maths (1 unit).
  • Additionally, if students wish to undertake a specialist subject they must have been successful in that
  • subject or a related subject (e.g. Biology at Year 12 requires successful completion of Year 11
  • Chemistry or Biology.)
  • It is recommended that students wishing to undertake a subject for University entrance should attain at least a  B grade (14-16) in that subject at SACE Stage 1.

If students are not successful in their learning the following will occur:

  • Parents will be contacted to discuss subject selection for the next year.
  • A family meeting will be held with students, parents and teaching staff to discuss options.
  • Students may need to repeat a whole year or part of a year in the subjects in which they were not successful.
  • Students who may wish to continue a particular subject e.g. Science in the next year level but who have not              been successful in that subject will need to repeat that subject whilst they progress into the next year.

Attendance

Attendance is paramount to successful learning outcomes and has a direct impact on continuity of learning.

If attendance is unsatisfactory

  • Parents will be contacted by the attendance SMS system
  • Year Level Coordinators will contact home to discuss reasons for absence.
  • Attendance Counsellors will be utilized to assist students and parents to address the issue.
  • Family meetings will be held to discuss how attendance can be improved.
  • Centrelink gains information from the school about attendance each term. If students have 5 or more unexplained absences per term their Centrelink payments may be affected.

Special Considerations:

Instances may occur in a student’s life which directly impact on their learning and attendance (e.g. illness or family bereavements). In these cases, the school should be notified and a sympathetic and considered approach will be taken to assist individual students. Counsellors, Year Level Coordinators or members of the Leadership team are the contact for this.

A modified criterion for school progression will apply for students who have been identified with Special Needs and who have a Negotiated Education Plan or an Individual Learning Plan.

  • Opportunities for learning which cater for individual learning styles
  • Explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy in all subject areas.
  • Learning experiences which are personally sustaining for students
  • An environment that is safe, caring and orderly where students are engaged in their learning.

Students will need to

  • Be prepared and focused on their learning
  • Meet deadlines
  • Learn skills, knowledge and competencies appropriate for their age group
  • Attend school regularly.

Parents can:

  • Support learning
  • Expect that their child will be successful and supported in their learning
  • Follow up any issues and concerns by making contact with subject teachers and/or homegroup teachers.
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