Year 9 Virtual Academic Progress Evening

November 24, 2020

Year 9 Academic Progress Evening

Wednesday 9th December 2020

4:15pm – 7:00pm


We are pleased to announce that we are able to offer a virtual “face to face” meeting with subject staff through our Parents Evening System.


Bookings for our academic progress evening will be open from 8am on Wednesday 25th November.  In order to access the Parents Evening System, please use the link below. Please note that bookings will close at 8:30am on Wednesday 9th December, after which time we will be unable to take anymore bookings.


To log on, you will be asked for your child’s name and their date of birth.  Please be aware that the full first name and surname has to match exactly with that on the school system.


The evening is fully automated with each meeting lasting 5 minutes.  Please be aware that the meeting will automatically close at the end of the 5 minute slot.  The purpose of the evening is to discuss your child’s progress and to focus on identified learning gaps. The evening will also provide students with an opportunity to discuss their potential option choices for Year 10 with the relevant teachers.


Attached are the instructions for parents/carers on how to use the system, please feel free to contact the school office if you have any questions regarding appointments.


As with any professional meeting, we ask our parents to be aware of the surroundings that will be visible to our staff.  We are recommending that our staff use ear phones to reduce any background noise which may affect the conversation.


We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with you.



Video Appointments: Parents - How to attend appointments over video call.

This article tells you what to do when your school has informed you that your appointments with teachers will be held via video call.


In order to make video calls you need to have as a minimum:

  • a device with a microphone and speaker
  • a compatible web browser:
    iPhone/iPad: Safari
    Android:Chrome or Firefox
    Windows: Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge
    Mac: Safari, Chrome or Firefox
    Linux: Chrome or Firefox


We also recommend:

  • Using your smartphone for video appointments. If you don't have a smartphone with a front-facing camera, use a laptop or computer with a webcam.
  • Using a headset (or earphones with a microphone) to reduce echo.



How to attend your appointments via video call:


  1. Log in and go to the Evening


On the day of the video appointments, login to Parents Evening at the usual web address for your school, or click the login link from the bottom of the email confirmation you will have received.


Once logged in you will see a notice that you have upcoming video appointments and under this the details of the event, along with a Join Video Appointments button. This will become available 60 minutes before your first appointment.



  1. The Video Call screen

When you click Join Video Appointments the video call screen will be displayed. You may at this point be asked if you wish to allow access to your camera/microphone, in which case please click yes.


On this screen you can see the following:

  • At the top left the teacher name (and subject details) for the current and next appointment
  • At the top right a countdown to the start of the appointment.
  • At the bottom the controls for the microphone and camera (once a teacher is available or you are in a call these also show a pick up and hang up button).
  • In the middle, when your appointment is due to start, the Start Appointment 



  1. Making a call

Click the Start Appointment button. You will see yourself in the bottom right corner of the screen (unless you have no camera, or have chosen to turn it off). If the teacher has not yet joined you will see a notice to that effect in the centre of the screen.



When a teacher joins a call you will see them in the main part of the screen - or

hear them, if they have no camera (or have turned it off) - and can start your discussion with them.


You will also see the remaining time for the appointment counting down in the blue bar at the top of the screen.


If you lose access to the system for some reason during the call, log in again and click Start Appointment on the video call screen.  As long as the teacher is still in the call this will let you continue with the appointment (this is the same for the teacher if they lose their access).


When the countdown in the blue bar stops the appointment time is over and the call will automatically end.



Note that if you or the teacher are late, or leave and re-join the call, it does not reset the timer.


The appointment will always end at the scheduled time.


  1. Follow on calls

If you have a consecutive appointment scheduled the screen will display a Start Next Appointment button. When you are ready to proceed, click on it.


Note that if you delay starting a call it does not extend the duration for that appointment.


The appointment will always end at the scheduled times.


If you do not have a consecutive appointment, but you have not completed your final scheduled appointment you will see a countdown telling you how long until the start of your next appointment.


Once your final appointment for the evening is complete you will see a message advising you of this.