PARENTS/CARERS A-Z HANDBOOK 2020 - 2021 STUDENTS FIRST @WorleSchool - Worle ...
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Dear Parents/Carers Welcome to our Parents/Carers’ Handbook. We hope it will assist you in understanding more about our policies and procedures. We are a school very much at the heart of our community, with many outstanding teachers and support staff who are absolutely dedicated to helping your child succeed. Our school motto is very simple in that we put, “STUDENTS FIRST”. We keep the student at the centre of all we do, ensuring that no child is left behind - target level attainment and beyond is our goal. We want all our students to be 'world beaters' and we tell them that often. They must aspire to greatness and understand that there is a 'big world' out there in which they must compete. Although we pride ourselves on our exam results, we also believe in the power of sport, music and the arts. Our school productions, concerts and sporting clubs are all inspirational. We want all students to take part in our after school provision called Period 6. This is from 2.55-3.55pm each day and covers over 70 different activities. We are an open school and we want you to keep in touch. We certainly look forward to seeing you at our parents' evenings and the many events that we stage throughout the year. With your support, I am confident that we will ensure that your child is academically and socially successful and has a fabulous time at WCSA. Please note we expect all our students (Year 7-11) to have a pencil case with equipment and to be smartly dressed every day. I am so proud to be Principal at WCSA and am confident that our wonderful staff team will keep your child safe and stimulated in our care. Best wishes, Jacqui Scott Principal
ABLE STUDENTS Some young people have exceptional ability and it is important that this is recognised by teachers. The term ‘exceptionally able’ is normally used to refer to learners in the top 2% of the whole population. Able students are identified on entry to the school as those having a very high KS2 points score. The school makes use of a number of strategies which support and challenge able students in their learning: ● Setting arrangements allow for the most able to be placed in high ability sets where they can work alongside other gifted children. ● Three sciences: a group of the most able scientists in Years 10 and 11 are encouraged to follow GCSE courses in the separate sciences. ● Additional opportunities: more able students are encouraged to become involved in additional opportunities such as competitions, publishing, productions, residentials and sport at county level and national level. ABSENCE Regular attendance at school is essential for good progress. It is also a legal requirement that your child attends school. It is expected that each and every student attends school 100% of the time. The only acceptable reasons for unplanned absence are student illness or family bereavement. If your child has an absence for one of these reasons then it must be reported to the school by telephoning the Absence Hotline before 09.00 am on 01934 529531 or by e- mailing email@example.com each day of absence explaining the reason. This enables the school to keep records up to date and helps alleviate the fear of missing children. If you are worried about the attendance of your child please do contact the absence line and ask for some support. For absence other than illness, we do not give permission for students to take leave during term time except under very exceptional circumstances. Any lesson missed is a valuable educational experience lost, which cannot be replicated. The demands of the new curriculum and reformed GCSEs are rigorous and we need all allocated time to deliver the content and fully prepare students. Research demonstrates that absence undoubtedly hinders progress. We would therefore ask that you think carefully before you remove your child from school. On occasion, we do recognise that there may be extraordinary circumstances which would qualify for leave. If you have a request that you believe would comply with this criteria, a form can be obtained from our website at worle-school.org.uk/contact-us, completed and returned to the Attendance Manager (Tracey Dyer) who will authorise or not authorise this absence. Our full Attendance Policy is available to view on the website at worle-school.org.uk/policies Further information about the importance of attendance can be found on our website, under key information. Additional information for 2020 during the Pandemic: We will be considered and supportive during this difficult time. We understand parental concerns around the wellbeing of their children, and will do everything we can to allay such concerns. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that, through excellent attendance, every child will access the education necessary to achieve their potential in an ever-changing world.
ACADEMY COUNCIL (equivalent to governors) The Academy Council, along with the Executive Principal and Accounting Officer, have responsibility for the overall direction of the school. The Academy Council includes community, staff and parent members. The full Academy Council meets four times a year and has two separate committees who meet after each Learning Cycle. The Acting Chair of the Academy Council is Mr Ben Knocks, who can be contacted via the school. From time to time, there are elections for parent members as vacancies arise. THE WCSA ACADEMY COUNCIL Chair of Academy Council Ben Knocks (acting/vacancy) Vice Chair of Academy Council Ben Knocks (substantive role) Staff Academy Council Members Jacqui Scott Mark Tong (teaching) Vacancy (support) Co-opted Academy Council Members Lisa de-Laune Sean Townsend Megan Brookes Vacancy Parent Academy Council Members Louise Haydock Ian Ingram David Chilman Clerk to the Academy Council Lauren Holder ADDRESS The school address is: Worle Community School Academy, Redwing Drive, Worle, Weston-super- Mare, North Somerset. BS22 8XX Telephone: 01934 510777 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.worle.n-somerset.sch.uk AIMS What we believe in and want to achieve at WCSA: Students First – Cherishing Staff 1. We have a happy school community where students come first and all staff are valued and cherished 2. We have developed the whole child as a successful learner, a confident individual and a responsible citizen 3. We have raised standards for all learners by sustaining and enhancing performance – especially in the core areas of English, mathematics and science 4. We have met the needs of all learners with appropriate challenges for all through a broad and balanced curriculum that is increasingly personalised in the upper school
5. We will continue to fulfil our moral purpose by engaging and collaborating to help improve the life chances of all young people, locally, nationally and globally ALCOHOL/ENERGY DRINKS/CARBONATED DRINKS Students are not permitted to bring alcohol, energy drinks or carbonated drinks onto the premises or consume them at any time during the school day, which includes trips, visits and sport fixtures. Students who do so will have the drinks confiscated and be sanctioned accordingly. APPOINTMENTS If you have a query or would like to see a member of staff, please do not hesitate to contact us. To make an appointment please telephone the school in advance to arrange a mutually convenient appointment. Staff may not, due to their commitments, be able to see you without an appointment. ASSEMBLIES Each year group has an assembly once a fortnight. Assemblies provide an opportunity for students to meet together with staff for ideas about moral and social issues and to celebrate success. On other mornings, students take part in a reading programme facilitated by their tutor or take part in PSHE during the afternoon tutor time. ASSESSMENT Student assessments take place throughout the year to monitor progress in relation to the National Curriculum and GCSE courses. Assessment may be in the form of end of unit tests, examinations or controlled tests, which generally take place towards the end of a learning cycle. Students are actively involved in the assessment process and are encouraged to reflect on their own performance and to establish future targets. ATTENDANCE – See ABSENCE AWARDS EVENING The school holds an annual Awards Evening at the Grand Pier in October or November to celebrate the achievements of students. Awards are presented by a guest speaker. BEHAVIOUR WCSA has high expectations of the behaviour of students at all times, on the way to and from school, in the classroom, during social time as well as on school trips. Students must take responsibility for their behaviour. In the same way that positive actions provides benefits and rewards, inappropriate behaviour will be treated accordingly. We have a clear Behaviour Policy, which can be found at worle-school.org.uk/policies. No one has the right to disrupt learning as all students have the right to learn. We encourage all our parents to sign up to our ClassCharts App. It will help you to engage with school life and celebrate the achievement of your child. This also helps students to reflect on their behaviour. For more details see the section entitled “ClassCharts”. The school believes that good discipline is essential to the well-being and education of children. Students are expected to behave with common sense and consideration for others at all times. We will not tolerate poor behaviour to/from school; our reputation in the community is important. Where students misbehave, a range of sanctions may be used, including loss of social time, detentions, and withdrawal from classes. In serious cases, a student may be excluded from school. Teachers will keep parents informed of significant disciplinary issues. A log of behaviour incidents for each child will be maintained on the school system and is available for you to have a copy of your child’s on request. Quite simply we expect students to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. BICYCLES Students who travel to school by bicycle or scooter (not electric) may leave them in the bicycle shed. We are very conscious of the high cost of modern cycles and recommend the use of secure locks as an extra to the locked shed. All cycles left at school are at the students’ own risk.
Students may not ride their bicycles on the school site and should enter and exit through the main gates on the provided cycle path. As a “Healthy School”, we encourage cycling to school. We strongly recommend that cycle helmets are worn. A student whose use of a bicycle is deemed unsafe will not be permitted to cycle to school. BOOKS Students should ensure that they take good care of books. Exercise books are issued free to all students, but a charge is made for lost books. Text books and books on loan from the Learning Resource Centre (Library) are issued to students on the understanding that they are returned in good condition. If a member of staff is not satisfied with the condition, or if the book is lost, then parents will be sent a bill for the book's replacement. Money to replace lost or damaged textbooks is not available from the school funds; therefore it is essential that students take good care of them. BULLYING (peer-on-peer abuse) The school is determined to vigorously challenge all forms of peer-on-peer abuse. We will not tolerate any form of verbal, physical or psychological bullying. No student has the right to make other people feel insecure in the school. We have a firm Anti-Bullying Policy which can be found at worle-school.org.uk/policies. The school guarantees that: ● All staff will do their best to prevent peer-on-peer abuse and will share responsibility for action if bullying does occur ● All incidents will be investigated in a firm and fair manner ● Parents and outside agencies may be involved in any course of action ● Through the curriculum, we will encourage students to talk openly about peer-on-peer abuse; to recognise its many forms, to realise its consequences, to encourage incidents to be reported and to discuss ways of handling bullies. CALCULATORS The maths team recommend students purchase the Casio FX83 GTX, which is available on ParentPay for £9. Once ordered, the calculator can be collected the following day from the Admin Office (upstairs in the Jill Dando Centre). The calculator is also available in shops and online for approximately £12. CALL OUT / PARKING / Room 1 Students whose behaviour is deemed to be unsatisfactory for the classroom will be subject of a call out. They will be collected from the class and “parked” in Room1 for the rest of the day and up to the same time of the following day, when they will be released. Three warnings are given before a call out is made. CCTV The school campus is under 24 hour CCTV surveillance. CCTV has proved to be a very effective deterrent in reducing incidents of vandalism and other forms of anti-social behaviour. CAREERS WCSA provides independent information, advice, guidance and support to all of our students. We work within school and further education establishments and training providers. We support students with all aspects of their transition through to their Post-16 choices and progression. This involves helping students to overcome any barriers to their learning, achievement and progression, as well as providing information, advice and guidance around the opportunities available and the decisions that need to be made around future choices in education, training and employment. The Head of Careers is Leeza Cuthbertson who can be contacted at: email@example.com
It is our intention that every student is able to develop the necessary skills and possess the confidence to make their way in further study and for their working life when they leave WCSA. Many schools do not invest in a dedicated Careers Advisor, however the careers service at WCSA is second to none. We provide a range of activities and events for students in all year groups to participate in. Student 1-2-1s The careers team meet all Year 11 students to discuss their progression beyond school, to provide additional support and guidance where necessary. The door is always open to any student who would like to discuss their career aspirations. Previous students and guest speakers Previous students and people in industry visit the school on a regular basis to attend themed assemblies, offer smaller sector specific talks, contribute to workshops and support our students in any way they can to pass on their own advice and experience. Keeping families in the loop A monthly careers bulletin is posted on the school Facebook page and emailed to all parents/carers summarising pending careers activities. The careers team attend every parents evening and contribute to year group specific curriculum evenings to inform parents of the careers activities in the year ahead. An offer of careers advice is also available to parents. Offsite activities Taking steps beyond school can often be a daunting one for many students. To help facilitate this, visits to employers are arranged for younger year groups and taster days at local colleges and universities are offered to our upper school students. We also host and coordinate a range of careers evenings both on and offsite for our students to attend. Our mini aspirations events, world of work conventions and open evenings are extremely popular. Employability All students leave school with a CV, interview skills and work experience. This is offered to ALL students during Year 10. WCSA is one of the only schools in the country to run a Year 7 Interview Challenge where students create their first CV and begin to plan their future career. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths The school has great links with local STEM employers who visit students on a regular basis to talk about the range of career options and set challenges for students to participate in. Annual visits from STEM employers are also arranged as well as visits to interactive STEM fairs and conventions such as The Big Bang at The Winter Gardens.
Additional activities & support Entrepreneurial students can enter a “Dragon’s Den” style competition against other schools and any students who contribute in a positive way in school, at home or in the community can be recognised with a hero award. We also work closely with The National Citizen Service to offer our existing Year 11 Students a summer of charity work, expeditions and team building. To ensure information, advice and guidance and support is readily available for students, Careers, based in the LRC, is open every break and lunchtime. Great links with local clubs and organisations have also been forged to ensure that students can take part in activities to further boost their confidence and life skills. Additional links have also been made with local colleges concerning SEND students to facilitate smooth transitions into further education. Ongoing support for previous students We encourage previous students to keep in contact with us so we can follow their career journey. Previous students are welcome to return to school to meet current students and to get further career advice if their course and career options may not have worked out. Colleges, Apprenticeships & Sixth Forms We work with all local colleges and sixth forms in an unbiased and impartial way to promote their offers of diplomas, ‘A’ levels and Apprenticeships to our students. Universities Our PLT Cambridge and Oxford University talks have been very successful and other local universities frequently visit the school. We will run a university taster day for year 8 students this year and have strong links with Lincoln College Oxford for Year 10 visits. Our pledge to students:- When you complete Year 7, you will have … Met your Careers Advisor and visited the careers office Created your first CV and attended your Mock Interview Challenge with the careers team Attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students Had the opportunity to visit a college for an Open Evening Had the opportunity to visit a careers convention When you complete Year 8, you will have … Met your Careers Advisor and visited the careers office Attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students Had the opportunity to visit a college for an Open Evening Maybe visited a local University for the day Had the opportunity to visit a careers convention When you complete Year 9, you will have … Met your Careers Advisor and visited the careers office Attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students Attended your Options Interview with the careers team Had the opportunity to visit a college for an Open Evening Maybe visited a local University for the day Had the opportunity to visit a careers convention Had the opportunity to take part in a college enrichment project When you complete Year 10, you will have … Attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students Completed a week of Work Experience
Finished your CV and attended an interview with a local employer on Mock Interview Day Attended a College Taster day Filled your Record of Achievement with your certificates Had the opportunity to attend at least 2 College or 6 th Form Open Evenings Had the opportunity to visit a careers convention Maybe taken part in a college enrichment project Had the opportunity to visit a University When you complete Year 11, you will have … Attended an assembly to learn about College, Apprenticeships and University Attended an assembly to meet some employers and previous students Had the opportunity to attend a College Taster Day Had the opportunity to visit at least two 6th Forms, if you are interested in ‘A’ Levels Visited the careers office for a progression meeting and handed in applications for your next step beyond school Attended application interviews at Colleges and/or 6 th Forms with places offered A general plan of your career pathway Had the opportunity to attend at least 2 College or 6 th Form Open Evenings Had the opportunity to visit a careers convention CHARGING The school reserves the right to make a charge for the following activities: the board and lodging element of residential activities in school hours; activities outside school hours; individual instrumental tuition; ingredients and materials where students wish to take home the finished product; the cost of re-sitting an examination including modules. The school reserves the right to levy a charge where a student loses a book or piece of equipment, misuses and damages school resources and willfully or recklessly damages the fabric of the building e.g. a broken window. In cases of financial hardship it may be possible to provide some assistance. CHARITY Each year the school supports one selected charity. Students are encouraged to take part in events. The School Charity for 2020-2021 is The MPS Society The MPS Society provides support to families affected by rare genetic conditions. They raise money and awareness of these conditions through fundraising, information, research and support. More information about the charity can be found on their website at: https://www.mpssociety.org.uk/mps-iii CHARTER We, at WCSA, in order to unite in a shared vision of valuing democracy, a high quality education for all, safeguarding emotional and physical wellbeing, promoting the very best in effort and resilience and in supporting the highest academic achievement and progress establish this charter. We all have the shared responsibility to uphold the following rights: 1. The right to a positive learning environment free from disruption. 2. The right to the opportunity to achieve and progress both within and outside of the classroom. 3. The right to be looked after based on individual need.
4. The right to expect that all students can be put first, in line with the school ethos “Students First”. 5. The right to be treated with respect. 6. The right to express who you are, as long as it does not offend others. 7. The right to freedom from bullying, fear, physical harm or theft. 8. The right to feel safe and protected. 9. The right to strong Mental Health provision. 10. The right to enjoy a school with positive reputation. CLASSCHARTS POINTS (Praise points/Positives/Negatives) Students’ behaviour (positive and negative) is recorded during the lesson on the Praise Board. The teacher will then transfer this information on to the student record on Classcharts. You can download the app and then contact the school for an access code which is unique to your child. Email firstname.lastname@example.org The app gives you sight of the points that your child has been awarded each lesson/day. Heads of Year use the ClassCharts reports to monitor the behaviour of the students in their year groups. Students with the highest level of praise points and attendance in their year groups are rewarded. Students can use their ClassCharts points to “buy” rewards in the ClassCharts store. Sign up to our Parent App – it’s free! It will help you to engage with school life and celebrate the achievement of your child. Also helps students to reflect on their behaviour and receive notifications. And here’s how: Request a login code (available from your child’s Head of Year) Visit www.classcharts.com Login – as a “Parent” providing your email address and a password. You can do this online, by going to the App Store or on Google Play. Please speak to your child’s Head of Year if you have any queries or problems with this.
CLIMATE JUSTICE REVOLUTION Climate Justice Revolution (CJR) is WCSA’s environmental group. We work with staff, students and parents to create a greener, cleaner Worle. CJR runs the school’s green council, which is an opportunity for students to get involved in issues at Worle as well as The Priory Learning Trust’s Green Gazette, a bi-weekly newsletter on all things environment. Over the next year, we hope to inspire students to make change at WCSA as well as making huge changes for the better generally. We want to shape the next great change makers and show all students their potential. CJR meets every Thursday in S11. You can find out more about us on our website: www.cjr-wcsa.weebly.com The CJR group leader is student Jack Clark, and the group is supported by science teacher, Mrs Leonard. COMPLAINTS If you have any worries, concerns or complaints, please do not hesitate to contact us. Like any organisation, we do not always get things right, but we are keen to hear about ways in which we can improve the quality of our service. Our Principal, Miss Scott, is always happy to respond to parents or carers who have a complaint. Please contact her PA, Tracy Humphris, in the first instance on 01934 510777 or email: email@example.com In the event that you remain unhappy with the response then your complaint may be escalated to the Academy Council. Please see our website for our Complaints Policy for more information at worle- school.org.uk/policies. COMPUTERS/e-learning Curriculum ICT provision is made through a network running Windows 10 and Apple OSX on the desktop.Internet provision is made through the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). WCSA utilises Google G-Suite which provides students and staff with access to email, google classroom and a personal space to save work as well as allowing students to collaborate together. There are over 800 devices within school - a mixture of desktop computers, iPads, laptops and Chromebooks located in various faculties. Home access to work is provided via Google G-Suite and also a student remote desktop facility. CURRICULUM In line with the National Curriculum all students follow a curriculum which is broadly based, balanced and relevant. Students in the Lower School study the following subjects: English, mathematics, science, design and technology, information technology, French or Spanish, geography, history, religious studies, physical education, art, drama and music. In the Upper School students still follow a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the National Curriculum. All students continue to study English language, English literature, mathematics, science, physical education and religious studies. In addition students will choose to specialise by studying subjects selected from the following: - Business studies, computer science, information technology, triple science, iMedia studies, food studies, graphics, resistant Materials, textiles, French, Spanish, history, geography, music GCSE, music practitioners, fine art, digital art, citizenship, drama, sports studies and child development.
DAILY TIMETABLE 8.35 Students arrive on site and go to tutor bases 8.40 AM Registration 9.00 Period 1 9.55 Period 2 10.50 Morning Break 11.15 Period 3 12.10 Lunch A ) 12.40 Lunch B ) Period 4 13.10 Lunch C ) 13.40 Period 5 14.35 PM Registration 14.55 End of School Day – but Period 6 starts after school The school works a one week timetable. Lessons are the same time slot each week. DETENTION We run three after school detentions, from 3 pm to 4 pm. These occur on Monday, for three lates to school or three lates to lessons in a week, on Wednesday, for failure to complete two homeworks or more in a week, and on Friday, for persistent behaviour concerns. Parents and carers will be notified by telephone, email or letter if their child is required to attend an after school detention. We ask for support in ensuring that children attend this important sanction. Students who refuse to attend an after school detention may be internally excluded the following day. DRINKS Please ensure your child comes to school with a water bottle each day. Students are encouraged to drink water throughout the day, including in lessons. They may fill up their water bottle before school, at break and lunch time. Students are not permitted to bring energy drinks or fizzy drinks, so please do not provide them as they may be confiscated. DRUGS/ILLICIT SUBSTANCES Any student found to be in possession of drugs or illicit substances could face immediate, permanent exclusion. DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD SCHEME The scheme is open to all students in Year 9 and gives an opportunity to progress to the Bronze Certificate. The award is divided into four areas of experience: service, skill, physical recreation and expedition. The scheme is well established and is popular with students. The scheme provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate personal achievement and contribute in a positive way to the community. Duke of Edinburgh Awards are widely recognised by employers. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org EMERGENCY CLOSURE – check www.worle.n-somerset.sch.uk first In the unlikely event of a sudden closure, because of weather or other emergency situations, BBC Radio Bristol, GWR and Star FM will broadcast the information. Please also look at our website, Twitter feed and Facebook page.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES The school is committed to equal opportunities for all students. This is reflected in access to courses and the content of the curriculum. Learning takes into account the different needs of students and prepares them for life in an ethnically and culturally diverse society. EXAMINATIONS It is the policy of the school that as many students as possible should be given the opportunity to sit public examinations, provided they have reached the required standard. Students are entered for examinations at GCSE (or an equivalent level) during Year 11, depending on the qualification. If any student fails to sit an exam they have been entered for, a charge will be made (unless medical evidence can be provided). The school has an extensive range of applied learning qualifications on offer. For more information about exams please see the website: https://worle-school.org.uk/exams- full EXPECTATIONS OF WCSA STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY WCSA is at the heart of the community in WSM. We want our students to be model citizens and role models for others in the community. The significant improvement in the reputation of WCSA in the community has been hard won and we intend to build on this during 2020-21. Worle residents may well be future employers of some of our students. Reputation of the school is therefore vital – if a school has a poor reputation, in part informed by the way its students behave in the community, it has a direct impact on the employment opportunities of students in the future. We work in very close partnership with the local police for the benefit of our students and the community. Behaviour in the local shops on the precinct is monitored closely. Students are expected to wear their uniform correctly from the moment they step out of their front door until they return home. They are representing WCSA and therefore need to be in perfect uniform for the reasons outlined above. EXTRA CURRICULAR (Period 6: 2.55pm – 3.55pm) Staff and students work together to provide a wide range of clubs and activities that take place throughout the year. Art, Music and Drama departments provide a large programme of musical, dramatic and artistic events and the PE Department runs a comprehensive list of sports fixtures and clubs. We encourage all students to take part in at least one of the activities on offer. Full details of all extra-curricular activities are published separately at the start of Term 1, Term 3 and Term 5. There are also many opportunities for Year 10 and 11 students to receive extra help with their studies leading up to their GCSEs and there is a Homework Club in our LRC after school every day. FIRE ALARM In the unlikely event of a fire, the alarm system will sound: this is a continuous ringing siren. Students are required to leave the building by the shortest possible route and in an orderly manner. Students line up in tutor groups in designated areas in alphabetical order. FIXTURES For all year groups, there are fixtures in a range of sports: football, rugby, netball, cricket, hockey, basketball, athletics and rounders. These are usually played after school either at home or away at other schools in North Somerset. However, for rugby, football, hockey and netball WCSA enter into national cup competitions and these fixtures can be further afield once teams have progressed through the rounds. All team sheets are pinned to the fixture board in the PE corridor and publicised on the PE Twitter page.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS Students may be entitled to free school meals if their parents or carers receive any of these benefits: ● Income Support ● Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance ● Income-related Employment and Support Allowance ● Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 ● The guaranteed element of Pension Credit ● Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) ● Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit ● Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) ● Due to the roll out of Universal Credit, all pupils that are currently eligible for free school meals will continue to be eligible for free school meals until the end of the school stage they are in on 31 March 2022. You can now apply online. If you are eligible, you will be able to download an eligibility letter. If you are applying during the school holidays, the school will receive a notification. If you apply during term time you’ll need to show the school the letter in order to get your free school meals. Keep a copy of the letter in case the school asks to see it again. More information can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/schools-learning/local- schools/schoolmeals/freeschoolmeals/ GMAIL All students at WCSA are provided with a Gmail account linked to the WCSA Google network. This email address allows students to access their school Google account where they can complete work using Google Apps, either in school or at home. GOOGLE CLASSROOM This is a Google portal where students may be set work by their class teacher for lesson activities or home learning. Students are able to access this at home on any internet-enabled device and complete work using free Google Apps (eg Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides). HOMEWORK The school believes that homework is important for the educational progress of all students. A variety of homework tasks will be set for each subject each week in a homework booklet. In order that the full potential of each student can be realised, students in Year 7 to Year 11 are expected to complete homework every evening. For Year 7-9, alongside the homework booklet will be a knowledge organiser which will support completion. Homework will be set each week. Teachers will check completion the following week. As parents, you can support your child by ensuring that homework is completed conscientiously and in the best possible conditions. Homework is monitored by your child's teachers who will look at their homework booklets each week. The teachers will also be pleased to respond to any comments that you might make with reference to home learning, in the booklet. Where a child has a genuine difficulty in completing their homework or in meeting a deadline, they should make sure that they speak to their subject teacher before it is due to be handed in. Where a student persistently fails to complete homework without good reason, we will invite parents in to discuss possible support. LEARNING CYCLES The year is divided into four “Learning Cycles” which last for 9 weeks. Students are assessed at some point during the cycle.
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE (Library – Mrs Sellers) The LRC (Learning Resource Centre) is in a central position in the school. We have a large main library, with a reading area, computer suite and space for independent studying. Students can visit the LRC throughout the day from 8.00am until 4.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 3.30pm on Fridays. We have a wide range of resources including books (over 8000 titles), magazines, ipads, computers, internet access and we also provide access to photocopying, stationery supplies, homework club and printing. WCSA values reading and aims to encourage all our students to read for pleasure. This will not only give them personal enrichment and essential future life skills but it will also improve their learning. Students are automatically members of the LRC and may borrow two books at a time, for three weeks. All students using the LRC during lesson time must have a permission slip from their teacher. Our librarian is available during the day to offer advice and assistance to students and we are always pleased to receive requests for new books and resources. LEARNING SUPPORT (The Sir Richard Branson Centre) There are a range of tests that can be used with students to assess their needs and support is allocated if appropriate. Students identified as requiring additional support will be placed on the school's SEND Register and may have access to the following, depending on their level of need: In class support from an LSA who will work with the class teacher to ensure that the student is making expected progress Withdrawal to the SRB to develop basic skills with specialist TAs Individual programmes and/or modified timetables tailored to the student’s specific needs Maths and English intervention with a dedicated TA, either during tutor time or as an option choice in Upper School. We operate an open door policy across the entire Sir Richard Branson Centre and all students are welcome. The SENDCo is Miss Fitzgerald. LEAVING SCHOOL PREMISES Students are not permitted to leave the school site without written permission from parents, and any student needing to leave the premises must then obtain a permission slip from Student Services where they will sign out and then leave the school via our Main Reception. When a student returns to school they must report to Student Services; this is necessary to update the registers and to confirm that they are on site. LETTERS Please ensure that you keep the school informed of any change to your contact details. It is vital that we have two contacts listed for each child in the event of an emergency (this is a legal requirement). These contacts can be parents, carers, other family members or close family friends. Copies of some of the letters that are sent out can be found on the website at worle- school.org.uk/school-letters LOCKERS Lockers are available for students (provided by an outside agency). For more information, please see our website link: https://worle-school.org.uk/lockers LOST PROPERTY In the event of a student losing an item of property he/she should report to Student Services. The best advice for a student who has lost something is to go back over his/her timetable, checking each room in turn. We request that all uniform is labelled. Please encourage your child to leave all valuable items at home. Thank you for your help with this.
LUNCH ARRANGEMENTS School meals are served on a restaurant system provided by Pabulum Ltd; alternatively, students may bring a packed lunch. Food is paid for using an electronic “finger print” system. Teaching and support staff are on hand to supervise students throughout the lunch break. Students may be entitled to free school meals if their parents or carers receive certain benefits. See the section entitled “Free School Meals”. MEDICAL/FIRST AID We have a large team of first aiders in/around school and Advanced First Aid Responders. Students are allowed to leave lessons if the teacher decides they need urgent medical attention, and students may be sent back to lessons if urgent care is not required. We do ask the students not to use their mobile phones to contact parents during the school day if they feel unwell, as our staff will call parents (where appropriate) after they present themselves to Student Services asking for medical aid or support. If a student has a long-term medical condition or needs, we encourage parents/carers to contact our Student Services Coordinator, Emma Harvey, to discuss these. An appropriate plan will be put in place to support the student whilst they are in school. If a student requires a medical card to enable them to leave the lesson for medical reasons, a GP or medical professional letter should be provided to the school. This is to ensure we are fully aware of the reason and we can issue the correct card to support the child in school. We do not allow students to carry medication in school, unless in agreement with Emma Harvey. Parents will need to give consent for medication to be administered by Student Services. Please complete the consent to administer medication form available from Reception and Student Services if required; please include dispensing times. If you have any medical concerns, please email: email@example.com In cases where hospital treatment is required, a student will be taken by ambulance to Weston- super-Mare General Hospital. It is essential that we have a contact number where we can contact parents in case of medical problems. Please ensure that you have submitted a contact number to the school and notify us of any changes. Physical education, chemistry and practical subjects can sometimes present difficulties, so students with a medical problem should inform their teacher should they anticipate any difficulties or feel unwell. In cases where students are unable to participate in Physical Education, a medical note or letter from parents should support this. Students are however expected to change into PE kit and so must always bring their kit to lessons. MENTAL HEALTH Here at WCSA, we take each student’s mental health seriously. We offer the following: A dedicated tutor period supporting good mental health A non-teaching Head of Year team available to provide guidance and sign-post resources available A peer listening programme where older students are available to “listen” to younger students A fully qualified counselling service, available through self-referral. MOBILE PHONES Mobile telephones should not be used during the school day, including during lessons, break or lunch times. Students found to be using their phone during the school day will have the phone confiscated. Phones will be available for collection from Student Services at the end of the school day. Phones should be switched off and kept at the bottom of bags. The school does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage of mobile phones. Any student found bullying others by texts, photograph or video will be treated in accordance with the school’s Behaviour Policy; in addition they may no longer be allowed to bring their mobile phone into school at all as part of an Acceptable Behaviour Contract.
MONEY All money for trips and other activities are paid for using the on-line ParentPay facility, which can be accessed through the website. Parents can also request a bar coded letter for individual trips so that cash can be paid at a local Pay Point shop if they do not have on-line facilities. NEWSLETTER The school publishes a newsletter three times a year which is available from the website at worle-school.org.uk/school-letters The newsletter gives details of the activities and achievements of the school and information about forthcoming events. NO LABELS “No Labels” is WCSA’s LGBT+ support group. We aim to provide a safe, fun space for LGBT+ students to take part in games, activities and, if needed, find someone to talk to about something that is worrying them. No Labels is run by two members of staff and one student leader, who have been trained on WCSA’s Peer Listener programme. No Labels aims to educate students about the LGBT+ community and create a more accepting school for all. The world outside of WCSA is diverse and it is crucial we educate our students to be knowledgeable and accepting of all groups including the LGBT+ community. We meet every Friday in L09 and you can find more about the group and different resources on our website: www.no-labels-wcsa.weebly.com OUT OF BOUNDS Students are not permitted to leave the school site during the school day. At lunchtime students are only allowed designated outdoor eating areas, the back field (in good weather) or in the restaurant areas. Teaching blocks where lessons are being taught are considered to be out of bounds. Students found out of bounds will be considered to be truanting and sanctioned accordingly. PARENT PAY We use a cashless system called ParentPay which allows you to make secure online payments by credit/debit card or to pay cash at local stores through the PayPoint Network. ParentPay can be used for all parental payments e.g. educational visits, dinner money and concert tickets etc. Please contact the Assistant Operations Manager, Amy Paterson, on 01934 529542 if you have any difficulties using ParentPay, are unable to make a card payment or have any other questions. How to Use ParentPay: Activating your account - for the first time Go to www.parentpay.com and click on the Login tab in the top right corner. 1. Type in the username and password (this will be sent to you prior to your child starting in September). Be careful when typing in upper and lower case letters and also be sure not to confuse the letter l (for lemon) with the number one (1) or the letter O (for Orange) with the number zero (0). 2. Follow the on-screen instructions to successfully activate your account. 3. Read the ParentPay terms and conditions and click in the box next to accept terms and conditions at the bottom of the page and click Continue. 4. You will see an overview of your activation on-screen and will receive an email confirming your account settings. Click Continue. 5. Your account is now activated and you are ready to start making payments. 6. In order to ensure you can receive password reset emails, payment receipts and any email alerts, please ensure you verify your email address. Making a Payment 1. Click on the My Payment Items tab 2. Put a tick in the box to the left of each item you wish to pay for
3. If required, type the amount and / or quantity you wish to pay for in the Amount column 4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Continue 5. Check the details on the summary page are correct and click Continue 6. Enter your card details in the appropriate fields. 7. Click Make Payment. PARENTS' EVENINGS Each year there is at least one Parents' Evening when subject staff are available to talk about your child's progress. Details about how to book appointments will be sent out to you prior to the evening. However, arrangements can be made at any other times to meet your child’s Tutor, Head of Year or other teachers. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns about your child's education. You will find email links to most teaching members of staff via the website at worle-school.org.uk/staff-list If there are problems with your son/daughter at home we would also like to know as soon as possible. We are always pleased to see parents by appointment. PARKING (removal from the classroom) All students have the right to disruption-free learning. Those who persistently disrupt the learning of others are removed from the classroom for a set period of time. PEER LISTENERS Peer Listeners are students in Years 10 and 11 who are available to talk to students about anything. This could be something they’re worried about or something they just want to share. All peer listeners have received effective training from school counsellors on how to help students, and they have been fully briefed on the school’s Safeguarding Policy. From Year 10, students may join the programme and take part in the course. This will allow them to help other students and gain useful skills that they can apply in later life. From left to right: Jazmin, Olivia, Ellie, Jay, Jack, Daisy, Alex, Finley and Mrs Griffin PERSONAL EQUIPMENT All students should have their own pencil case containing, pens, pencils, ruler, rubbers, protractor and calculator. They will also need a bag to carry their books and PE kit. Students should also be carrying their knowledge organizer and homework folder in their school bag.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION The WCSA PE department prides itself on the fixtures that they provide their students. These fixtures are always healthy competition, giving students opportunities to represent the school in such a positive manner. These fixture can take the form of inter group (within school against another school group), against local schools and both regional and national competition. They are the culmination of all the hours spent training with students at extra curricular clubs. For all year groups, there are fixtures in a range of sports: football, rugby, netball, cricket, hockey, basketball, athletics and rounders. All team sheets are pinned to the fixture board in the PE corridor and publicised on the PE Twitter page. If your son/daughter has an illness or injury and he/she is well enough to be in school then he/she is assumed to be well enough to participate in any PE lesson he/she has on that day. The student should bring a note to his/her PE teacher explaining the poor health and must bring in all his/her PE kit. There may be limitations to what your son/daughter can achieve in that lesson and what role they may adopt but it is down to the professional skills of his/her PE teacher to give them differentiated tasks to guarantee a form of participation and maintain his/her progress. There are many facets to modern physical education and there are endless activities your son/daughter can perform with various ailments. Please see the website for up-to-date PE uniform: https://worle-school.org.uk/ PRAISING STARS Each term we recognise the need to ‘Praise Our Stars’. That is, we are able to identify students who are meeting and beating set targets and doing very well on other school measures. These students deserve our praise and will receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the post. PUNCTUALITY It is important that students arrive at the school punctually since this is a realistic preparation for employment and adult life. Students arriving after registration must sign in at Student Services. Those who arrive late without good reason will be required to make up the lost time. The morning session starts with registration at 8.40am. Students need to be on site five minutes before registration. A student who is late 3 times in a week without an acceptable reason is issued with an after school detention. RACIAL DISCRIMINATION Any form of discrimination is taken very seriously. Students are encouraged to adopt tolerant and sensitive attitudes to each other including those from different cultures, ethnic backgrounds or faith. Racist behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action. The police will normally be involved. RELIGIOUS STUDIES Religious Studies is taught to all students from Year 7 to Year 11. Students study all world religions as well as a variety of philosophical and ethical issues. REPORTS – you will get three each year The progress of all students is carefully monitored through our system “Praising Stars” and, as parents, you will receive three reports during the school year. Progress Reports give details of performance in all subjects against target and information about behaviour and attendance. The report will also identify any areas for improvement. You will be informed of successes but, if things are not going smoothly, we will contact you and invite you to visit school to discuss the problem. REWARDS The school celebrates the achievements of students in a number of ways: ● Students who produce a good piece of work or who contribute particularly to our school are issued with an entry on the ClassCharts system (a positive achievement point)
● “Praise postcards” are sent home to recognise students who have a high number of positive achievements ● Attendance certificates are also produced and sent home to students who have achieved 100% attendance for the year ● Each week, a small number of students are selected as the “Student of the Week”. This would be either for having achieved the highest number of achievement points that week, or to acknowledge an outstanding act of kindness or effort. REWARDS STORE Students have the opportunity to ‘spend’ their points in the rewards store with rewards such as restaurant tokens, USB drives, and best-selling books available. These are available to collect at student services once a week subject to availability. Parent and Student log ins will be sent home in September. ROAD SAFETY/RAILWAY SAFETY Students travelling to school either on foot or by public transport at some point in their journey cross roads or railway lines. Please ensure your child is aware of their personal safety and that they are clearly visible especially on the dark winter evenings. It is a good idea to wear reflective arm bands or fit a reflective strip to a school bag or garment. Please remind students that the use of mobile phones whilst crossing the road or railway line is dangerous and prohibited. Headphones should be removed so that approaching vehicles can be heard. Additional information for crossing a railway line: Only cross the tracks at a designated crossing. Designated crossings are marked by a sign, lights or a gate. Look both ways before crossing the line; trains can come from either direction. If lights are flashing or the gate is down at a railroad crossing, wait for the train to pass completely, the gates to lift and the lights to stop flashing before crossing. It is never okay to rush across and try to beat the train. Trains may be closer and faster than you think. After a train passes the crossing completely, wait for the gate to come back up and the lights to stop flashing. Then look both ways again before crossing to be sure a second train is not coming, because a second train may be hidden behind the first one. Once a train starts to brake, it can take a mile for the train to stop, so when you see a train, it’s already too late for it to stop for you. Don't be tempted to walk along the railroad track. It might be a shortcut, but it is dangerous and not worth the risk. It is also against the law to walk on the track and the land around it because it is private property owned by Network Rail. SAFEGUARDING WCSA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Please see our website for more information: https://worle-school.org.uk/safeguarding SCHOOL PRODUCTIONS WCSA has a thriving performing arts culture in which students of all year groups can get involved in drama and music. There is a whole school production, where students audition and adopt different theatre roles and responsibilities, working as a true ensemble. Students can get involved in directing, choreography, stage management, costumes, set, lighting, sound design and other production roles. Throughout the academic year there are many opportunities for students to further their passion for theatre, develop their skills or just enjoy; these include a drama club, workshops, theatre trips and viewings. SCOOTERS/MOPEDS Any Year 11 student who wishes to bring a moped onto site needs to seek permission from their Head of Year in the first instance. Any permission granted will be subject to production of a valid Driving Licence (provisional motorcycle licence limited to 50cc), Certificate of Basic Training (CBT) and Certificate of Insurance. We will of course accept no liability for loss or damage. SEX EDUCATION Sex and Relationships Education aims to help students develop a sense of responsibility and respect for themselves and others to enable them to make the transition to adulthood. It encompasses not only facts about human reproductive processes and behaviour but also broader emotional and ethical dimensions of sexual attitude. Students learn the importance of forming positive and secure relationships that promote well-being.
Sex and Relationships Education is taught as part of the school's PSHE programme with elements included in science and religious education. The programme reflects the age and maturity of the students. SMOKING WCSA has a ‘No Smoking Policy’ for all users of the school. Smoking is not permitted by students within the school or in the vicinity of the school. Smoking is also forbidden on all trips and out of school activities. Any student who is found to have been smoking, or to be in possession of cigarettes, or in the company of smokers on the school site or in the vicinity of the school will be disciplined. This also includes the use and possession of vapours, lighters and electronic cigarettes. SPORTS EQUIPMENT The PE Faculty provides hockey sticks and tennis racquets. Students are very welcome to bring their own to lessons. To avoid any confusion, all items of clothing and equipment should be named. Students must make every effort to take responsibility for their equipment. The school does not take responsibility for loss or damage to kit or sports equipment. STUDENT SERVICES/STUDENT RECEPTION Student Services are a team of friendly faces who are able to help you with all your student needs. We are located downstairs in the Jill Dando Centre which is the two-storey building in the centre of the school. We are able to assist with all student queries including: · Uniform Issues · First Aid/Medication · Attendance · Lost Property · Confiscations Medical/First Aid We have a large team of first aiders in/around school and Advanced First Aid Responders. Students are allowed to leave lessons if the teacher decides they need urgent medical attention, and students may be sent back to lessons if urgent care is not required. We do ask the students not to use their mobile phones to contact parents during the school day if they feel unwell, as our staff will call parents (where appropriate) after they present themselves to Student Services asking for medical aid or support. If a student has a long-term medical condition or needs, we encourage parents/carers to contact our Student Services Coordinator, Emma Harvey, to discuss these. An appropriate plan will be put in place to support the student whilst they are in school. If a student requires a medical card to enable them to leave the lesson for medical reasons, a GP or medical professional letter should be provided to the school. This is to ensure we are fully aware of the reason and we can issue the correct card to support the child in school. We do not allow students to carry medication in school, unless in agreement with Emma Harvey. Parents will need to give consent for medication to be administered by Student Services. Please complete the consent to administer medication form available from Reception and Student Services if required; please include dispensing times. If you have any medical concerns, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org SUPERVISION Students are supervised throughout the day from 8.30am – 2.55pm. A team of staff is on duty around the school before and after school, at break and lunchtime. TEACHING GROUPS English, maths, science and PE are mainly taught in ability grouping but other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.
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