An Introduction to All Saints Catholic College 2020 - 2021 - Information for Families
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All Saints Catholic College Specialist in Humanities An Introduction to All Saints Catholic College 2020 - 2021 Information for Families
Introduction to All Saints Welcome to All Saints Catholic College. Dear Parent/Carer, All Saints Catholic College enjoys a unique status as a faith community that exists to meet the needs of those who seek Catholic education within Huddersfield and the surrounding areas. Our distinct Catholic status challenges us with the mission to help our students to recognise Christ as the centre of our community. We aim to live the Gospel so that our students learn to love and serve God, themselves and others. This is the distinctiveness we celebrate and continue to develop in partnership with our families, parishes, feeder schools, the Leeds Diocese and the wider community. We have many plans for our students this year and I am confident that you will support and encourage your child to seize every opportunity to get involved in all our activities. Participation in these events will enhance their academic development and lead to a broader, and very satisfying, educational experience. We encourage and value the support of our parents/carers and are keen to work in positive partnership with you. We would invite you to contact us without hesitation if you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress. Ms K Colligan Principal
Introduction to All Saints BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING Students who refuse to attend the Reflection Room will be removed to Behaviour for Learning (BfL) is an Inclusion. integral part of our College ethos. Behaviour for Learning is a behaviour Students may be removed from class and management system which encompasses issued a Red Card for the following: all aspects of student conduct throughout Refusing to engage in the learning activity the College. Speaking to staff inappropriately/use of At its heart is the philosophy that all inappropriate language. students and staff in our College are Continuing with misbehaviour after a C3 important and valued individuals and has been issued. deserve to be treated with respect. BfL Around College Students learn best when they are happy An important aspect of BfL is that it and confident, and the BfL system is in extends throughout the College. place to help achieve this; no one has the right to interrupt the learning of others. A C3 can be issued around College for the following: BfL in the Classroom Uniform not worn correctly BfL rewards and sanctions are linked to Running/Shouting/Pushing behaviour targets. The behaviour targets Eating in an undesignated area are displayed in all classrooms. Staff will Mobile phone use - 1 hour detention remind student of these behaviour targets at the start of each lesson. In addition to this a C3 is given for arriving late to school or if a student is more than 5 The behaviour targets are: minutes late to a lesson without a note. You are to remain silent when anyone is A C3 is a 30 minute detention and a Red talking Card is a one hour detention, to be You are to stay on task completed the following day. You are not to touch another student or their belongings Rewards You must speak and act in a respectful way Praise is at the heart of the BfL system and it is made clear to students that we expect Students will be given up to two verbal the best of them. warnings (C1 and C2) based on these behaviour targets. On the third Students are regularly issued achievement misbehaviour students will be issued with a points for their good attendance and C3 detention. behaviour. Some aspects of student behaviour will An example of rewards given to students result in the student being issued a Red this year include: Card detention and will result in students Points given for positive S2S reports being sent to the Reflection Room. Certificates in award assemblies Non uniform days
Introduction to All Saints STEPS TO SUCCESS Beginning Steps to Success (S2S) regularly Students are beginning to grasp some of reports on student attainment and the main ideas and skills within the areas of study. progress. Steps to Success reports are distributed to Emerging students and parents/carers once a term, Students have grasped some of the main totalling three reports in an academic year. ideas and skills within the areas of study, One copy of the report will be sent home others are starting to emerge. via the Parent App and another copy will be fixed into the student planner. Developing By providing regular information about Students have grasped most of the main student progress we aim to keep parents/ ideas and skills within the areas of study, carers informed and encourage students to others require development. be responsible for their learning. . Securing Teachers will monitor performance against Students have a secure understanding of targets and intervene to ensure that the main concepts and skills within the students are given the support they areas of study, when applied to familiar require. contexts. In addition to the three Steps to Success reports, Learning Tutors and Achievement Mastering Coordinators will complete a written report Students have demonstrated a for parents/carers at the end of the comprehensive understanding of all academic year. concepts and skills within the areas of study and can apply this to new contexts. STEPS TO SUCCESS Assessment Data Students who achieve Developing at the S2S reports will show a Target Grade for the end of Key Stage 3 would generally be end of Key Stage 3 (the end of Year 9) and expected to achieve a grade 4 or above at an Expected Grade, which the relevant GCSE. subject teacher feels your child will reach by the end of Year 9 based on their current S2S reports also report on your child’s progress. attitude to learning in each subject, which is graded using the matrix on the following page.
Introduction to All Saints STEPS TO SUCCESS Attitude Matrix 3: Improvement 1: Outstanding 2: Motivated 4: Unacceptable Needed Enthusiastic Positive Passive Poor Seeking ‘next steps’ Following ‘next steps’ Satisfied with Behaviour or Taking a major part in guidance from achieving the attendance lessons e.g. leading a teachers minimum standard concerns raised by My Approach starter or plenary Playing an active role Occasionally asking teacher to Learning Good role model in lessons questions Creating a Can lead own Asking relevant Sometimes offering negative learning questions answers environment for learning other students Giving support to Volunteering Not fully engaging in others answers activities Aspiring beyond target Aiming for target Lacking focus on Not engaging level level target level with target level Working in class at the Working in class at Working in class at Working in class required standard and the required the minimum below the The Quality of beyond standard e.g. well- standard e.g. minimum standard My Work Often producing presented, detailed rushed, lacks detail Homework homework which and complete or is incomplete concern raised by exceeds the target Producing Producing homework teacher homework at the below target grade target grade Always on task Generally on task Sometimes off task Frequently off task Showing dedication Showing Easily losing Difficulty in My Task Completing work perseverance concentration concentrating Completion Usually completing Frequently not Reluctance to work completing work complete work Consistently produces Meets homework Meets homework Misses homework homework of a deadlines deadlines but due to deadlines standard above what lack of effort is expected of them. Consistently occasionally does not Consistently fails Homework produces work to produce homework to produce Furthers knowledge by target grade. to the target grade. homework to the participating in target grade.
Introduction to All Saints PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS/ Information Evening CARERS All new parents/carers are invited to an As Voluntary Aided (V.A.) school we are Information Evening in October when you will have the opportunity to raise any required to raise funds so that a 10% individual concerns. We will explain to you contribution can be made toward the cost of all capital projects. at this evening how we hope to develop all students' individual gifts and record their As this must come from the community of achievements. parents/carers of students who attend the college, we thank you for your continued Parental Consultation Evening support. There will be a Consultation Evening when For 2020-21, we are asking for a minimum parents/carers are encouraged to come to contribution of £5 per half term. This college to discuss your child’s progress. The modest sum equates to £30.00 per student Learning Tutors and Year 7 Achievement for the year and would support investment Coordinator will be available, as well as the in the school building and resources. teachers who take your child for individual subjects. Items purchased to date include: Furniture throughout the new building Appointments ICT/Sports/Music/Technology equipment Parents/Carers may see the Achievement Outdoor Canopy for social times Coordinator, BfL Team, Assistant Principal or Floodlights for the outdoor multi-use Principal by appointment. A preliminary games area conversation over the telephone to discuss Items for consideration include: the reason for the visit is always helpful. Additional outdoor shelters for poor *Please note, it is essential that all weather conditions meetings have a prior appointment made Refurbishment of the caretakers houses due to teaching commitments. Donations of any sum would be gratefully received and you may of course wish to STUDENT ATTENDANCE give more. Donations can be made at any All students are expected to attend on time time via ParentPay or alternatively through every day that college is open unless the the school finance office but if you wish to reason for the absence is unavoidable. make a regular payment, we will assist you All Saints has procedures in place to in setting up a standing order. support the regular, punctual attendance of If you are a UK taxpayer, we can claim the our students, and we will contact parents/ tax on your donation at no cost to yourself carers if we have any attendance concerns. through the Gift Aid programme which will There is a direct relationship between a automatically increase your set amount we student’s attendance and their academic receive in school. success and regular attenders are more Further information is available from the successful in transferring between Primary, School Finance Office. Secondary and Higher Education
Introduction to All Saints We are often asked to provide references During any extended absence, parents/ for colleges and future employers. Without carers should contact college and we will exception, all references ask for an outline make every effort to ensure that of a student’s punctuality and attendance. appropriate work is provided. Parents/Carers have a legal responsibility Authorised Absence to ensure their child attends college Requests for ‘authorised absence’ during regularly and punctually. Parents/Carers term time must be made in writing, also have a legal responsibility to inform addressed to the Principal, at least four college promptly of the reason for their weeks prior to the absence dates. child’s absence on each and every day of Requests for ‘authorised absence’ during absence. term time are strongly discouraged and will We do accept that there are valid reasons only be supported by the college in for absence in certain situations e.g. for exceptional circumstances. Exceptional compassionate grounds, difficult family circumstances do not include family circumstances or illness. If this is the case holidays. we are fully supportive of the parents/ Students who go on holiday during term carers and the student concerned. time will usually have their absence Parents/Carers are asked to contact the recorded as ‘unauthorised’. Nationally, an College before 8.30am if their child is to be unauthorised absence is regarded as absent from College. A text will be sent to truancy. parents/carers when we have not received Parents/Carers who take their children out an explanation for their child’s absence. of school during term time without the The following have been offered by Principal’s authorisation will be issued with students and parents/carers as reasons for a penalty notice by the LA (currently a absence but are not accepted: £60.00 fine) per child/per parent/carer. Missed the bus - the majority of students Medical and dental appointments should make it into college every day, they just be arranged outside of College time unless leave in good time. it is an emergency, and evidence to support Repeated illness without a doctors’ note. the absence must be brought into school Slept in, alarm didn’t go off. and given to the Attendance Officer. Looking after younger siblings Waiting for domestic services, deliveries Medical Treatment etc. Qualified First Aiders are on site and will In the event that a student arrives late to give treatment or advice regarding injuries college they must sign in with the sustained in College and ensure that Attendance Officer. specialist help is sought if necessary. We will contact parents/carers to take students Failure to sign in is a serious safeguarding home if we judge them unfit to be present matter. at school.
Introduction to All Saints Medication seriously, for every day that students do not have a planner they will be given a C3 If your child needs to take medication during the school day these should be detention. handed in to Student Services with a Home – School Communication and the Prescribed Medication and Care Plan Parent App Information Request form filled in by At All Saints Catholic College, we use a parents/carers (available on the college paperless system for home-school website). The medication should be in its communication. With the growth in email, original packaging, clearly showing the smartphones, tablets and general home prescription label with name and directions computer use, we believe this is the of use. For full details of the medical policy, preferred method of communication for please read the First Aid and Student many parents/carers. Welfare Policy on the college website. We use SIMs InTouch to send messages It is vital we have up to date contact details between school and home. This is a secure for such eventualities. Please ensure electronic communication system using college is notified as soon as possible if email and text messages. contact details change i.e. home telephone number, mobile numbers, work contact Using InTouch allows us to send private telephone numbers and home address. messages concerning individual pupils directly to a named parent/carer (e.g. to Student Planner chase up absences from school via text The Student Planner is the main vehicle to message) as well as whole school messages communicate all the good news and (e.g. information events and key dates as affirmations of good conduct. We will also well as newsletters and other notices). communicate regularly through the Planner if students infringe college rules or neglect We also use the Parent App; this is a secure their studies. The students whose parents/ app, accessible from a smartphone, tablet carers read the Planner regularly learn to or PC, anytime, anywhere. The information value it and take pride in their that you receive through the Parent App achievements. We encourage parents/ will help you stay up-to-date with your carers to communicate routinely with child’s school life as well as support your teaching staff using this medium and to sign child’s development and progress. You will it weekly. find the following in the Parent App: A planner will be supplied at the beginning of each academic year at no cost to Important information such as attendance, parents /carers. However it will cost £5.00 behaviour and achievement to replace lost, damaged or graffitied Access to assessment information and planners. reports Students will be expected to carry this daily and “forgotten” planners will be treated
Introduction to All Saints School term, inset and key dates for your Belts: Where a belt is worn it must be diary dark and discrete. Wide decorated Access to update your contact details, so fashion belts are not acceptable. we always have the most up-to-date Shoes: Wear plain black school type information in case of an emergency. shoes. Sensible shoes remain essential If you have more than one child at school, for the safety of students and slip on you will have access to all of their ‘ballet style’ or ‘holiday’ footwear is not information from the same app. appropriate in College. Fashion shoes We will send emails and text messages to and boots are not acceptable. the Priority 1 contact, which you have Socks: Wear plain black socks. supplied on the Student Details form. Trainers: Trainers may be worn only in When your child joins us in in September, PE or Drama. Trainers should be put on you will also receive an invitation to register and removed in those subjects. Other for the Parent App via email. than in PE and Drama, trainers are only allowed for short term problems and only when a doctor’s note has been brought STUDENT GUIDELINES into College. Trainers or pumps are not Uniform acceptable footwear for College. Teachers have been asked to ensure that School Bag: Carry a waterproof school students’ uniforms are correct before bag, suitable and large enough to carry students are released from tutor time or college books, planner and equipment. lessons. Small handbags are not appropriate. Blazer: Wear the grey college blazer with Outdoor Clothing: Put coats, hats, badge at all times. The exception to this scarves, gloves etc. into lockers or school rule is where a teacher gives permission bags. These items will be confiscated if for students to remove the blazer in seen worn in College as will other non lesson. The only lapel badges allowed uniform items such as cardigans. are those awarded by the college. Jumper: A grey college jumper with the Students may be sent home to change if college badge may be worn. they are not adhering to our dress code College Shirt: Wear a white college shirt or to collect missing books, planner or fastened at the collar and tucked in. equipment. Open neck blouses are not acceptable. Trousers: Wear black college tailored Wear an outdoor coat of a sensible style. trousers. Black jean type or tight legged Make-up, body piercings and extreme trousers or leggings are not acceptable. hairstyles are unsuitable for College and Skirts: Skirts are no longer part of the All are not permitted. Saints Catholic College uniform Make-up and Nail Varnish: Students are Tie: The clip on tie must be attached to not to wear make-up or nail varnish in the buttoned section of the collar. College. False nails and nail extensions are also not permitted.
Introduction to All Saints Hair: Students’ hair should be Equipment List appropriate to a formal college setting Everyday and should not be of an extreme nature, College Planner i.e. too long, too short, bright coloured, All relevant exercise books, text books multi-coloured or with a pattern or lines and equipment for practical lessons e.g. cut into it or promote any allegiance to a food ingredients product or organisation. Coloured Two pens, black or blue flashes are not acceptable. Two pencils Jewellery: Students are not allowed to 30cm ruler wear earrings, rings or necklaces. They Eraser may wear one bracelet as a religious Pencil sharpener observance, a watch, a cross and chain Scientific calculator which should be worn tucked under the Reading book school shirt. Environment As directed by subject staff Food and sandwiches are only allowed in Compass (metal) the dining areas. Use the bins provided. Protractor (transparent) Pick up litter when asked. Chewing gum Musical instruments if taking lessons is not allowed in college. If you see PE kit anyone damaging any aspect of our Coloured pencils environment you have a duty to inform a French/Spanish pocket dictionary member of staff immediately. Property, Valuables and Use of Lockers Valuables Students should ensure they are Valuables (including mobile phones and equipped for College and are electrical items) should be left at home. responsible for the condition and Students may, in an emergency or security of College books. Don’t leave exceptional circumstances, be assured bags unattended unless it is in a locker. that calls can be made from Student A charge of £10 is made for using a locker Services. for the entire five years. Students can If mobile phones are brought in with use lockers before College starts, at students, they are not to be used in break, at lunchtime and after College. College. If students are found to be using Students are not allowed to go to lockers a mobile phone during the College day, between lessons. Lockers are for the College policy is to confiscate the individual use. The school cannot be student’s phone. Additionally, College held responsible for any items lost or can accept no responsibility for loss or stolen from the lockers. damage to valuables.
Introduction to All Saints Safety Lost Property - Disclaimer All Saints Catholic College takes our duty The college does not accept responsibility of care for our students very seriously. for property lost/stolen while in college or Car Travel: Parents/Carers are not on college trips and visits. Students are permitted to enter the college driveway responsible for the safety and security of unless they have an appointment in their own possessions. college. There is a 5 mile an hour speed limit on the college site. The bus bays at COLLEGE MEALS the front of the college must not be used College meals are served at a cost of £2.45 by parents/carers. this coming year. We are working closely College Buses: Behave reasonably on the with Kirklees Metropolitan Council in trying college buses. The college will take to ensure eligible parents/carers take up action against students reported for their entitlement to free meals. misbehaving while travelling to and from college and this may result in students ParentPay being banned from using college transport. For details of bus routes/bus ParentPay is the school online payment passes please go to www.wymetro.com/ system that lets you make secure online schools. payments by credit and debit card. You can Fire Drill: Follow instructions given by also pay in cash at local PayPoint stores. staff and exit the buildings in silence. Hundreds of thousands of parents use Once outside, students must line up in ParentPay to pay schools online. It’s used form groups in alphabetical order and to make cashless payments in schools for stay silent until given permission to re- dinner money and activities like trips, clubs turn inside. and music lessons. Our school online payment system gives you a more PE Kit convenient and flexible way to pay school Essential: online and helps to keep your child safe. By Rugby/Hockey shirt making cashless payments you know that Black shorts your money has reached the school safely. Black socks with college logo You can view your account statement and Black polo-shirt with college logo payment history, check when payments Football boots/hockey boots need to be made and set alerts to tell you Shin pads when to pay school online. Trainers All activation codes will be emailed home. Optional: Please activate your account by September Black tracksuit bottoms with college 8th 2020 at the latest. A ParentPay User logo Guide is available on the College website. Black hooded top with college logo Should you encounter any problems, please contact the College Finance Department.
Introduction to All Saints Biometric Cashless System As Christians, we believe that we are all created in God's image. Every time we The Biometric cashless system is used for the payment of college meals, where no meet someone else, we are meeting Christ cash is taken at the point of sale. Parents/ in them. Mutual respect is essential in all of our relationships. Carers top up individual accounts via ParentPay, which can then be spent in the same way as cash in the dining room for Learning Support is an integral part of College life and is the College’s attempt meals, snacks and beverages. to meet the diverse needs of its students Food/Beverages Available across the ability range. All students A selection of food is served at breakfast must, by law, have full access and time in the main dining area from 8.15am entitlement to the National Curriculum, including toast, crumpets, cereals and hot and through the work of the Pastoral and cold drinks. Hot food and drinks are Team, our aim is to: also served at break time. A varied menu is Foster a partnership with parents/carers. available at lunchtime including hot meals Continue to develop close links with all and desserts, sandwiches, home baking, Feeder Schools. fresh fruit, yoghurts and cold beverages all Strive for the earliest possible complying with the current legislation for identification of strengths and healthy eating. The menus are altered weaknesses. every term to offer all students a variety of Recognise that students may need extra choices. or special provision. Provide the necessary provision through LEARNING AND ADDITIONAL individual, group or class support. NEEDS Assist in the development of All Saints Catholic College is primarily a differentiated materials and resources learning community. Staff and students are matched to individual needs. encouraged to learn by trying new Provide opportunities for students to initiatives, to learn from new experiences discuss their concerns and anxieties. and to turn mistakes into learning Support students with English as an opportunities. We are continually seeking additional language, to ensure that all ways of learning and responding to the new students integrate fully into college changes that are taking place around us. life. We believe it is important to try new Provide mentoring for students to ensure approaches and to reflect and evaluate on a that every student reaches their true regular basis. We aim to be a community potential. where learning takes place in an Offer programmes of support tailored to atmosphere of openness and support. suit individual needs through the College Inclusion Centre.
Introduction to All Saints HOMEWORK POLICY teaching and learning experience by ensuring, as far as possible, to: At All Saints we will: Provide a peaceful place to study - free Set homework on a regular basis. from any interruptions. If such a place is Set tasks which are suitable and not available in a busy home, parents/ achievable. carers might consider if it is possible to Relate homework tasks to work done in use the local library. The Learning class. Resource Centre in school is available Assess homework and give feedback and until 4:00pm for any child wanting to encouragement. complete homework at college. How Long Should a Student Spend On Make it clear that you believe, as College Homework? does, that homework will help them make better progress. Year 7 and 8: Usually 2 per night, 45-90 By encouraging and praising when they minutes in total. have completed their homework, helping Year 9: On average 2 per night, 1-2 hours them if asked and by reading comments per day. written by teachers when work is Year 10 and 11: On average 2 per night, marked. 1.5-2.5 hours per day. Expect your child to meet deadlines set Students’ Responsibility Regarding by staff and taking purposeful action to Homework ensure this happens. Students are expected to record all Help your child to organise their College homework in their Planner, complete it work around other responsibilities and according to instructions and to give it in for social activities. marking on the date instructed. If there are exceptional reasons why this is not possible COLLECTIVE WORSHIP they must bring in a note of explanation to Collective Worship is central to the life of the teacher the following lesson. Forgotten our College. Our expectation is that exercise books will be regarded as the students will respond and participate with homework not complete. respect and reverence. CHARITIES Detentions, which can be given after College with 24 hours notice, will be issued Raising money for charity is an important if homework is not completed and part of our duty to our community. A submitted on time. charity is nominated by the Year 7 Charity Committee and termly fundraising events Parent/Carer’s Responsibility planned and delivered by the students. Regarding Homework and Coursework This is an excellent opportunity for students to be enthusiastically involved in the pursuit Parents/Carers can best support their child of helping others less fortunate than and the College’s drive to improve the themselves.
Introduction to All Saints Thanks from All Saints Catholic College The Year 7 Team would like to acknowledge the work and support of all the staff at the primary schools, and you as parents, who have prepared the students for their transfer to All Saints Catholic College this September. We have benefited from having regular contact with our feeder primary schools. The Headteachers and staff have worked closely with us and communicated student information. We would like to thank all involved for supporting and engaging in our remote transition offer. The circumstances around school closure are unprecedented. Support from all has allowed us to ensure we have been able to liaise with schools, staff, families and students. These partnerships are key to ensuring a successful transfer to All Saints and schools and families working together. We look forward to meeting with you over the coming months. S Carragher L Pickles Assistant Principal Year 7 Achievement Coordinator
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