Student Promotions Policy

School Purpose

Pakenham Secondary College is committed to providing all students with learning opportunities designed to develop socially responsible citizens, building pathways to their future.

This means that there is a belief that all students have the ability to learn and they are at the centre of all that we do.  As a school, it is our goal to provide a variety of learning opportunities for all students, with a focus on the development of the whole student and creating viable options for their future.

This is underpinned by our SOAR values:

 

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Social and personal responsibility Opportunities for all Achieving personal best

Respect and responsibilities

 

Promotion from Year 7 into Year 8, from Year 8 into 9 & Year 9 into Year 10

For the majority of students, promotion to the next year level is automatic, based on the successful completion of their current year of study. The determination of successful completion is based on:

  1. Achievement
  2. Classroom effort
  3. Work habits
  4. Study habits
  5. Attendance
  6. The display of maturity, appropriate to the year level
  7. Any other relevant factors

In circumstances where progress has been unsatisfactory, a review of progress will need to be undertaken.  This review will involve the student and their parent/guardian to determine the best study program, that will maximise the student’s opportunities for success in the next year of study.

The review will involve one or more of the following people:

  • Subject teacher
  • Educator
  • Assistant Principal of the particular year level
  • Relevant Support Staff

The review will be based on all relevant information including:

  • Formal reports
  • Academic results
  • Attendance
  • Teacher comments
  • Student and parent information
  • Any other special circumstances

In The Event of Unsuccessful Completion of a Year Level

Options will be tailored to individual needs and might include, but are not limited to:

  • Promotion to the next year level with a modified course of study.
  • Placement in flexible learning programs offsite (e.g. Alternative Settings, Structured Work Placement).
  • Completion of non-submitted work either after school hours, during school time or in the school holidays.
  • Depending on year levels and availability, a hybrid course of study based on progression in subjects where the student has been successful and repeating subjects where the student was unsuccessful.
  • Repeat the year level for two timetable cycles, followed by a review of progress aimed at determining if improved performance justifies promotion.
  • Repeating the year level for a whole year.

Promotion from Year 10 into Year 11 and from Year 11 into 12

Year 10 and Year 11 students generally study twelve semester units throughout the year.

Promotion into Year 11 and 12 will be based on the number of semester units successfully completed in Year 10 and Year 11.

Under normal circumstances, students will not be enrolled in subjects at a higher level, if they have not successfully completed the subject at the previous level.

  1. Automatic Promotion requires ten or more units successfully completed out of twelve including two Units of English.
  2. Non-Automatic Promotion Level is less than ten units successfully completed out of twelve.
    Students who are successful in less than ten units for the year will not be awarded a ‘Year 10 pass’ or a ‘Year 11 pass’ and will not be directly promoted into the following Year Level.
    For these students, a review of progress will be undertaken involving the student and their parent/guardian. The review is aimed at determining a program that maximises the student’s chance of success in the following year. Options may include:
  • Promotion to the next year level with a modified course of study.
  • Placement in flexible learning programs offsite (e.g. Alternative Settings, Structured Work Placement).
  • Completion of non-submitted work after school hours, during school time or in the school holidays.
  • Partial progression based on successful subject areas together with redemption of unsuccessful subject areas by repeating specific subjects.
  • Repeat the year level for two timetable cycles, followed by a review of progress aimed at determining if improved performance justifies promotion.
  • Repeating the year level for a whole year.
  • Repeating specific subjects for a semester.

Redemption for Unsuccessful Completion of Subjects

Opportunities for redemption of subjects that have not been successfully completed will be available (subject to VCAA requirements) and these opportunities may include:

  • Completing unfinished or additional work after school hours, during school time or in the school holidays.
  • Completing unfinished or additional work after students, who have successfully met the criteria for promotion, have been dismissed for the year.

Identification of Students at Risk of a Progress Review – Background Information

During the course of the year, parents will be provided with Interim Reports, Semester Reports and the opportunity to discuss student progress with teachers at formal Parent Teacher Interviews.  This information underpins decisions on student progression.

Students with achievement concerns at course selection time will be advised to undertake a course based on their current achievement and advised that the course is subject to review in Term 4 when their final results are known. This may involve choosing a repeat course at their current year level.

Right of Appeal

Parents, guardians and students who are unsatisfied with the outcome of a Progress Review may appeal directly to the Principal for a review of their situation.